Green Printing Services

We believe in creating beautiful work—and preserving our beautiful planet. In fact, A. Maciel Printing has been an eco-friendly shop since it opened in 1984. Our entire printing process is eco-friendly. We use energy-efficient equipment, laser imagery, and chemistry-free plates (which we recycle after each use). We’ve also been a pioneer in the use of recycled and tree-free papers and use only soy-based inks. Our shop even runs on 100 percent wind power. And while our printing is good for Mother Earth, it’s also affordable. In most cases, there’s no premium for green printing.

If you’re going green, switching to environmentally-friendly printing is an easy way to get started, and we’re here to help.

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100% Wind Power

Of the available forms of Renewable Energy: Biofuels, Biomass, Geothermal, Hydro power, Solar power, Tidal power, Wave power and Wind power we chose the later.

Wind power is the transformation of wind energy into other useful forms, in our specific case, by the use of wind turbines we generate electricity. By December of 2007, over 94 gigawatts of production capacity was installed worldwide — this represents only about 1% of worldwide demand; however, even this seemingly modest amount is significant, and it represents a five-fold growth in seven years— if we maintain this growth curve, the world would have electric power surplus capacity in less than 20 years, even as population and usage continue to increase. There’s been significant achievements in several countries with a relatively high level of generation, most notably Denmark with close to 19% of electricity production, Spain and Portugal with 9% and 6% in Ireland and Germany. Throughout human history, the winds have been used directly to power sailing ships, or converted into mechanical energy for pumping water or grinding grain, but the principal application of wind power today is the generation of electricity. Large scale wind farms like the ones in our own Altamont Pass are typically connected to the local electric power transmission network, with smaller turbines being used to provide electricity to isolated locations. Utility companies increasingly buy back surplus electricity produced by small domestic turbines. Wind energy as a power source is favoured by many environmentalists as an alternative to fossil fuels, as it is plentiful,renewable, widely distributed, clean, and produces lower greenhouse gas emissions, although the construction of wind farms is not universally welcomed due to their visual impact and other effects on the environment. The intermittency of wind seldom creates problems when using wind power to supply a low proportion of total demand. Where wind is to be used for a moderate fraction of demand, additional costs for compensation of intermittency are considered to be modest.


We get wind power electricity through 3Degrees which is a company that’s committed to their stated mission of: Reducing the magnitude of climate change. — This commitment which is shared by A. Maciel Printing is being realized through the strong partnership that enables us to effectively and accurately highlight the importance of our combined actions in support of clean renewable energy generation and reduced carbon emissions. 3Degrees enables businesses and individuals to fund clean energy and carbon reduction projects. We do this by originating and providing Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates and third-party certified Verified Emission Reductions (aka, carbon offsets) from around the world to help our partners reduce their environmental footprint. The company engages customers to develop, execute, and communicate sustainability strategies that add value to their brand.

Since 2002, the 3Degrees team has provided renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to hundreds of organizations helping to direct capital to over 200 clean energy and other carbon reduction projects across the globe. In 2005* and again in 2007and 2008, the 3Degrees team was presented the Department of Energy Award for Renewable Energy Marketer of the Year. Over a dozen 3Degrees customers have received environmental awards highlighting their leadership role and support of renewable energy.

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Soy inks, chemistry free plates, Low VOC auto blanket wash-ups, etc.

Printing with Soy inks is a more environmentally friendly, healthy, and safe approach to printing that takes only a small amount of energy to make. In fact, cultivation of the soybeans uses only 0.5 percent of the total energy necessary to produce the ink. Much of that crop requires no irrigation, limited fixed nutrients, and leaves fewer agricultural residues than other crops. Soy ink also has low levels of VOCs, (volatile organic compounds) which helps to reduce air pollution by minimizing toxic emissions, In the late 1970s, the Newspaper Association of America was looking for different ways to make ink, rather than by using the standard petroleum-based ink. Rising prices for petroleum and quarrels with OPEC countries were reasons they wanted to find a more reliable and cost efficient method of printing. After testing over 2,000 different vegetable oil formulations, researchers for the NAA came up with the solution of using soybean oil. In 1987, today, about one quarter of commercial printers in the United States operate using soy ink.

Chemistry free plates

The clear trend in the printing industry is to produce printing plates that no longer utilize photographic negative film as a means of imaging the plates; there’s two primary reasons for this approach, the Computer to Film (CTF) technology of the 1980’s eventually eliminated the need for the time consuming and costly process of hand stripping and comping; however, it did not deal with the problem of the toxic developing chemicals and silver nitrate residue in photographic film. By 2005 you could note give away an Imagesetter (the CTF equipment used for producing film), and indeed you had to pay to have that obsolete technology to be carted away. By the late 90’s it became clear that that the emerging Computer to Plate (CTP) technology was dominant in the commercial printing field, for it eliminated redundancy by dispensing with the film, film processing and disposal steps.

Two different technological currents share the market today: Violet or visible light and thermal – We chose the later and installed a Kodak/Creo Magnus 400 CTP system that produces true processless plates. We chose this technology because it delivers both the environmental benefit of being chemistry free , and just as importantly because the superior quality of printing plates obtained through this process was clearly demonstrated to us.

Any users of these trademarks must have a license and comply with guidelines and regulations set by FSC.

Low VOC auto blanket wash-ups Since we are no longer using old fashioned printing presses, there’s no reason for using old fashioned press maintenance. The use of conventional blanket and roller washes is not only inefficient, but dangerous. Leading to odor and fire hazards. We use low VOC, California compliant blanket and roller wash which, not only keeps us in compliance with today’s environmental and safety laws but does a better job, while making the rollers and other rubberized surfaces last longer. The fact that rollers and blankets attain a longer useful life contributes to the overall sustainability effort.

Co-Op America is now Green America (+ LOGO)

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. (Which went by the name “Co-op America” until January 1, 2009.) Their stated mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green America’s Vision

To work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.

What Makes Green America Unique (in their own words)

  1. We focus on economic strategies—economic action to solve social and environmental problems.
  2. We mobilize people in their economic roles—as consumers, investors, workers, business leaders.
  3. We empower people to take personal and collective action
  4. We work on issues of social justice and environmental responsibility. We see these issues as completely linked in the quest
  5. for a sustainable world. It’s what we mean when we say “green.”
  6. We work to stop abusive practices and to create healthy, just and sustainable practices.
  7. Green America’s Green Business Network™

Green America’s Green Business Network™ is the oldest, largest, and most diverse network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses in America.

Our Mission is to link green businesses to the growing marketplace of values-driven consumers. We provide services and connections that benefit both emerging and expanding green businesses.

Our Membership

Members of our Green Business Network™ include today’s most vibrant and influential social entrepreneurs. Together we are changing what it means to do business in America.

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Human Rights Commission

Local Business Enterprise

The Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Advisory Committee, formerly known as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Advisory Committee, as mandated by Chapter 14B of the San Francisco Administrative Code, was formed in August 2004. The Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Commission in the development, implementation and monitoring of the policies and practices of the Local Business Enterprise Ordinance and Program. Its members are drawn from local business, labor, minority and women interests groups, trades and professions.

Equal Benefits for Domestic Partners and Spouses Nondiscrimination in City Contracts

Chapters 12B and 12C of the SF Administrative Code

What does the law require?

Effective June 1, 1997, Chapter 12B of the San Francisco Administrative Code was amended to prohibit the City and County of San Francisco from entering into contracts or leases with any entity that discriminates in the provision of benefits between employees with domestic partners and employees with spouses, and/or between the domestic partners and spouses of employees.

Who is covered by this law?

All entities who hold or seek to enter into contracts with the City and County of San Francisco for public works or improvements, for a franchise, concession or lease of City property, or for goods, services or supplies to be purchased at the expense of the City and County are covered by this law. The law does not cover entities with which the City does less then $5,000 worth of business per year. Subcontractors are not required to comply with this law. Each party to a joint venture must comply independently.

What benefits are covered?

In most cases, the law applies to all benefits offered by a contractor to its employees who have spouses or domestic partners and all benefits offered directly to such spouses or domestic partners, even when the employee pays the entire cost of the benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, medical insurance, retirement plans, leaves of absence (such as bereavement and family medical leave), use of company facilities, and discounts. contractor takes all reasonable measures to stop discriminating, but can’t for reasons outside its control, it can comply with Chapter 12B if it agrees to pay a cash equivalent. The HRC decides whether reasonable measures have been taken. A cash equivalent is the amount of money paid by an employer for the spousal benefit that is unavailable for domestic partners, or vice versa. For more information, see Rules of Procedure section III, Reasonable Measures Application (Form HRC-12B-102) or contact the HRC.

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