Environmental Responsibility

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Environmental Responsibility


At Lawton Printing we recognize the need to promote environmentally friendly printing techniques. We encourage environmental practices from the design stage through the finished product. Lawton has been Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified since 2009.


FSC Certified

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. The criterion put forth by the FSC seeks to create “the highest standards of forest management” that are “environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.”

FSC certified paper stocks are readily available and Lawton Printing Services routinely recommends FSC certified materials. Many of our stock house papers are FSC certified, contain recycled content and are reasonable economic options.

Lawton’s knowledgeable team includes project estimators, customer service, sales and production employees. These employees receive annual training in relation to FSC requirements and can recommend FSC certified materials to provide responsible solution to our customers.

Our sales and customer service team routinely communicate recommendations including FSC logo placement solutions to clients. Working together with our internal FSC coordinator, Lawton requests and receives written (electronic) proof approval from the certification body which manages our FSC certificate.

Lawton maintains the chain of custody records and supplier verification records.  A copy of the FSC Chain of Custody Member Manual is maintained at Lawton describing roles and responsibilities of Lawton employees and customers. When appropriate, Lawton’s invoices to clients include the FSC certification code and the correct FSC claim for Mix grades.

To learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council visit http://www.fsc.org/index.htm


FSC Certified by the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is the world’s leading Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management certifier, with more than 20 years of certification experience. They’ve worked in over 70 countries and all forest types, with small businesses, indigenous communities and Fortune 500 companies alike.

With the launch of the SmartWood program in 1989, the Rainforest Alliance developed the world’s first global forestry certification program and the first to rely on market forces to conserve forests. They are one of the founders of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the most respected forestry standard-setter in the world. They are the world’s leading FSC-accredited certifier and have certified the greatest number of community and indigenous operations to FSC standards.

To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.


Other Environmental Initiatives

We are diligent about recycling efforts and recycle all scrap paper and paper waste in addition to aluminum, aluminum cans and plastics.  Other environmental initiatives include the use of soy based ink and alcohol-free fountain solution. We offer a solvent-free UV coating and use water-based aqueous coating to protect your printed pieces, both without any harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Aqueous coating provides a glossy, durable surface that deters dirt and fingerprints while UV coating adds a hard, ultra-hi-gloss finish.

We are focused on reducing waste. By using top-grade paper with highly-trained press operators, we have considerably reduced the number of test or “make-ready” sheets needed to run through the presses as we set up your printing project.

Use the following links to find out how your next printing project can affect the environment.



To view the FSC product labeling guide, click here.