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:
Wetzel Brothers is now fully FSC® chain-of-custody certified. Wood products certified as FSC-certified are recognized as coming from “well managed” forests adhering to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. FSC is widely considered the “Gold Standard” of forest certifications. For all FSC work, Wetzel Brothers intends to uphold high standards that ensure forestry used to produce paper products is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way.
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.
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.
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!
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.