Many in industry believe
it is hard to balance profitability with being a friend to the environment. Sleepeck
Printing Company, a 93-year old lithographic printer, has successfully followed a path of
environmental commitment and fiscal soundness for decades. The company is continually
exploring efficient processes, cutting or even eliminating entire waste streams while
improving service and retaining competitive pricing. Its environmental consciousness is
reflected both in its in-house programs and the suppliers it chooses to work with.
Sleepeck is a participant in the Illinois Great Printers Project, a voluntary, cooperative
effort involving lithographic printers, government and environmental organizations aimed
at establishing pollution prevention as a standard business practice.
Some of Sleepeck's accomplishments and practices include expanding non-break-bulk
transportation, broadening the categories of recycled materials, expanding digital
capabilities, continuous energy use monitoring system, adding automatic setbacks for
ventilation, adding zone lighting, solvent recovery by centrifuging used rages, and
Source: American Printer July 1998, pp. 54-56