Printing Companies
  1. About Printing Industry
  2. Printing Services
  3. Print Buyers
  4. Printing Resources
  5. Classified Ads
  6. Printing Glossary
  7. Printing Newsletters
  8. Contact Print Industry
Who We Are

Printing Industry Exchange ( is pleased to have Steven Waxman writing and managing the Printing Industry Blog. As a printing consultant, Steven teaches corporations how to save money buying printing, brokers printing services, and teaches prepress techniques. Steven has been in the printing industry for thirty-three years working as a writer, editor, print buyer, photographer, graphic designer, art director, and production manager.

Need a Printing Quote from multiple printers? click here.

Are you a Printing Company interested in joining our service? click here.

The Printing Industry Exchange (PIE) staff are experienced individuals within the printing industry that are dedicated to helping and maintaining a high standard of ethics in this business. We are a privately owned company with principals in the business having a combined total of 103 years experience in the printing industry.

PIE's staff is here to help the print buyer find competitive pricing and the right printer to do their job, and also to help the printing companies increase their revenues by providing numerous leads they can quote on and potentially get new business.

This is a free service to the print buyer. All you do is find the appropriate bid request form, fill it out, and it is emailed out to the printing companies who do that type of printing work. The printers best qualified to do your job, will email you pricing and if you decide to print your job through one of these print vendors, you contact them directly.

We have kept the PIE system simple -- we get a monthly fee from the commercial printers who belong to our service. Once the bid request is submitted, all interactions are between the print buyers and the printers.

We are here to help, you can contact us by email at

Commercial Printing: Sappi Paper Fosters Sustainable Forestry

I recently received a print book written by Sappi paper company (formerly Warren Sappi) entitled Taking the Guilt Out of Paper. Sappi manufactures and supplies paper to commercial printing establishments and other vendors. The print book is promotional in nature, but it makes several cogent points about paper-making and the harvesting of trees in general.

The Charge: “Go Paperless. Save a Tree.”

Sappi notes that it’s not as simple as this. Promoting sustainable forestry actually improves the health of forests and wildlife. (And, as we know, plant life absorbs carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen, so we all need the forests.) Using custom printing paper that has been certified, ensuring that responsible methods have been used in its planting and harvesting, actually helps ensure the continued existence of vibrant forests, healthy wildlife, and clean air, soil, and water.

Harvesting trees while planting far more than have been cut does result in variation in the age of growth in the forest. This is true. However, what Sappi refers to as “variation in age class within a forest” actually promotes biodiversity of both plant and animal life.

It is more a question of stewardship, of being careful about using only those commercial printing paper products that reflect such certifications as SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), and using paper products responsibly and with purpose (without waste) to help keep the eco-system thriving.

We Actually Have More Trees Now

Responsible, sustainable forest management approaches trees as a crop. The goal is to plant more while harvesting less. This has led to an abundance of trees in the United States, more now than there were 100 years ago. Since it is in the best interest of the paper products industry to ensure the longevity of the forests, the industry participates actively in protecting both the trees and the forest animals.

Sappi Commercial Printing Paper Preserves Wildlife, Too

Animals and fish depend on the trees for their food, water, and habitat. However, the animals, fish, and even the insects scatter the seeds, fertilize the soil, and disperse the pollen. So there is a mutual dependency between the animals and the trees, and for this reason the Sappi paper company promotes the health, longevity, and increase of wildlife as well as plant life.

In addition to working with wildlife groups to educate companies and individuals about conservation, Sappi considers the effects of various tree cutting techniques within a particular wildlife area. In some areas Sappi may harvest more actively, in some less.

In fact, not cutting trees in a responsible way would cause a forest to become old and one-dimensional, with all growth of the same age. This would in fact decrease the amount of land suitable for particular animals, birds, fish, and insects.

Biodiversity Is Essential

The ideal situation, according to the Sappi paper company, is biodiversity, which implies that multiple species of plant and animal life, of various ages, can coexist harmoniously. While Mother Nature often acts aggressively to manage forestland—through fires, insect infestations, plant and animal diseases, and wind damage—commercial printing paper companies that adhere to SFI and SFC guidelines simulate the gentler aspects of nature to manage the forests responsibly while providing paper fiber (and hence a product, service, and employment) to individuals and organizations.

National Geographic Speaks Out

Taking the Guilt Out of Paper Usage by the Sappi paper company includes remarks by Hans Wenger of the National Geographic Society. He notes that:

  1. Forests are “100 percent renewable.”
  2. In terms of carbon emissions, an entire year’s subscription to the National Geographic magazine is comparable to using one gallon of gas in the family car.
  3. The electronic revolution has its costs, too, particularly in terms of the energy needed to run the computers and servers (to create the documents and store them over time) and the extraction of resources to make the electronic devices (many of which, such as mercury and cadmium, cannot be recycled easily if at all).

Balance Is Key

If I had to distill the entire print book into one short message, I’d say that Sappi focuses on responsible use of resources. Both commercial printing paper and electronic media will be with us for a long time. Each has its place and cannot be totally eclipsed by the other. But in order to ensure future resources, it is important to use the resources we have purposefully, without waste, and with consideration towards sustainablity.

Comments are closed.


Recent Posts


Read and subscribe to our newsletter!

Printing Services include all print categories listed below & more!
4-color Catalogs
Affordable Brochures: Pricing
Affordable Flyers
Book Binding Types and Printing Services
Book Print Services
Booklet, Catalog, Window Envelopes
Brochures: Promotional, Marketing
Bumper Stickers
Business Cards
Business Stationery and Envelopes
Catalog Printers
Cheap Brochures
Color, B&W Catalogs
Color Brochure Printers
Color Postcards
Commercial Book Printers
Commercial Catalog Printing
Custom Decals
Custom Labels
Custom Posters Printers
Custom Stickers, Product Labels
Custom T-shirt Prices
Decals, Labels, Stickers: Vinyl, Clear
Digital, On-Demand Books Prices
Digital Poster, Large Format Prints
Discount Brochures, Flyers Vendors
Envelope Printers, Manufacturers
Label, Sticker, Decal Companies
Letterhead, Stationary, Stationery
Magazine Publication Quotes
Monthly Newsletter Pricing
Newsletter, Flyer Printers
Newspaper Printing, Tabloid Printers
Online Book Price Quotes
Paperback Book Printers
Postcard Printers
Post Card Mailing Service
Postcards, Rackcards
Postcard Printers & Mailing Services
Post Card Direct Mail Service
Poster, Large Format Projects
Posters (Maps, Events, Conferences)
Print Custom TShirts
Screen Print Cards, Shirts
Shortrun Book Printers
Tabloid, Newsprint, Newspapers
T-shirts: Custom Printed Shirts
Tshirt Screen Printers
Printing Industry Exchange, LLC, P.O. Box 394, Bluffton, SC 29910
©2019 Printing Industry Exchange, LLC - All rights reserved