Sustainability

Wetzel Brothers has made a commitment to the environment and ecological sustainability. Wetzel’s “green philosophy” has taken form through a number of active initiatives including:

Responsible Forestry Management

Wetzel Brothers, an RR Donnelley Company, provides customers with a variety of supply options that protect forest ecosystem health. The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) all promote responsible forest management, reforestation and continuous improvement in standards and practices. In addition, these independent organizations employ guidelines consistent with our sustainability principles to ensure customers of an environmentally sound sourcing process.

For a list of certified locations, please see the following link

Vegetable Ink

Vegetable-Based Inks

For our conventional sheet-fed lithography, Wetzel Brothers uses inks which contain significant quantities of vegetable oil. Linseed and soya oils are the most commonly used, and both are renewable resources grown in North America. About 95% of the ink remains within the printed substrate and has no measured impact on the biodegradability or ability to recycle a substrate.

Wetcycles

Wetcyle

When Wetzel Brothers expanded into an additional location in 2007, employees needed a way to travel from “Wetzel 1” to “Wetzel 2.” Thus “Wetcycles” were born.

These stylish bikes are used dozens of times a day, quickly flashing employees between buildings in a fun, healthy, and environmentally-friendly fashion.

Recycles

Recycling

Wetzel Brothers takes recycling very seriously. We make a diligent effort to recycle or reuse anything we can, including aluminum plates, paper, cardboard, styrene, pallets, and more.

In 2006, Wetzel Brothers recycled over 42,000 pounds of aluminum, over 234,000 pounds of styrene, and 2,800,000 pounds of corrugate and paper!

Light

Energy Efficiency

Orion Energy Services awarded Wetzel Brothers the “Environmental Stewardship Award” in 2006. By replacing lighting systems through the building, Wetzel is able to displace 119,064 kWh annually, the equivalent of 9029 gallons of gasoline, 19 automobiles, or 149 tons of airborne pollutants.