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What Makes a Magazine Sustainable?

A chain of custody and certification are key elements in the process

Sustainable printing has been a hot topic for many years, and the print industry has been working on finding ways to decrease its environmental impact. Participant is also sensitive to these issues, and we want to share some information about the production of the magazine.

The print issue of Participant bears the stamp of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means that the paper used in our production process has been certified by the FSC. The FSC is a highly respected international, nongovernmental organization that promotes responsible forest management related to the print industry. The FSC oversees the entire chain of custody from the forest to the sawmills and lumberyards to the end product. Learn more about the FSC at us.fsc.org.

Participant uses the Pacesetter stock of paper, which is FSC certified and comes from responsibly managed forests. The paper stock is produced with a chlorine-free process and uses a mixture of recycled and new materials. Our printer, Precision Services, is also FSC certified and prints with vegetable-based inks. These inks not only offer technical advantages, such as better color transfer and faster drying times, they are also more environmentally friendly than traditional petroleum-based inks.

In addition to the materials used, we are careful to limit the number of printed copies of each issue. Too often you hear stories of excess magazines or newspapers sitting in boxes for years until someone throws them away. Pitzer community members who don’t receive a print copy of Participant are invited to read the magazine online at www.pitzer.edu/participant.

In presenting an issue about Pitzer’s sustainability efforts, we have sought to make sure the magazine’s production is aligned with the themes you’ll find here.

Nick Owchar, Editor
Stephanie Estrada, Creative Director