NGS Green Initiative

NGS Printing is an environmentally friendly printing company that realized 20+ years ago the importance of altering its practices to reduce it’s energy demands, environmental impact, and save money in the long term.

NGS Printing has an unrelenting goal of minimizing our carbon footprint and consumption of natural resources.  We try to lead by example to show the printing industry that both profitability and sustainability can be achieved together.

NGS offers a range of environmentally friendly paper substrates such as paper cardstock or cardboard.  NGS also prints directly onto recyclable plastics ranging from polystyrene (PS) #6, polypropylene (PP) #5, polyethylene (LDPE) #4, polycarbonate or acrylic #7.  If you desire environmentally friendly alternatives, there are a range of further options available upon request, that may offer the substrate traits you are looking for with increased sustainability.

NGS’s comprehensive recycling efforts has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic Styrene, Expanded PVC, PETG, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Polypropylene and other plastic types from reaching the landfills.

NGS has also saved the landfills from hundreds of thousands of pounds of cardboard, cardstock, and other paper types.

Solar Panel Array
In 2014, NGS Printing installed one of the largest privately owned photovoltaic solar arrays in Illinois.  Each year the 189 kW array installed on the roof of our building will generate about 221,000 kW which correlates to saving 225 tons of CO2, 900 lbs of Nitric Oxide, and 2,200 lbs of acid-rain forming Sulfites put into the atmosphere.

Each year, we evaluate how much energy consumed was offset by our solar panels.  We expect our percentage to increase as we continue to implement new environmentally sustainable processes.

2015 = 25% power from our solar array
2016 = 27% power from our solar array
2017 = 28% power from our solar array
2018 = 29% power from our solar array
2019 = 30% power from our solar array
2020 = 31% power from our solar array

Heat Savings
NGS recycles the heat produced from its equipment to help offset building heating costs in the winter months, and channels the heat outside during the summer months.

VOC Reduction
NGS Printing uses Ultra-Violet (UV) inks throughout its production facility and has long distanced itself from solvent based ink systems which emit large quantities of VOCs into the atmosphere.

Motion Sensing
NGS has motion sensing LED lights throughout our company which ensures our lighting is only on when needed.  We also utilize motion sensing dock doors to help reduce the demand for heat and cooling.

Investing in Electric
In 2020, NGS transitioned it’s forklift fleet from natural gas to electric.  This shift will further reduce our carbon footprint, create zero emissions, and is charged using renewable power from our solar panels.

NGS Printing’s Sustainability Policy
NGS Printing is committed to the pursuit of reducing our environmental impact throughout our organization and supply chain by finding, sharing and implementing solutions that reduce NGS’s impact on the environment by reducing our consumption of energy, water, materials, and generation of waste, and emissions.

NGS will identify, monitor, and maintain compliance with all EHS regulations and laws in addition to all labor regulations and laws on Federal, State, and Local levels.  NGS will share our sustainability performance with our employees and supply chain to reinforce our commitment to sustainability.  NGS will execute sustainability improvement projects to influence source reduction, reuse, and recycling with our employees and supply chain.

Erik Landrowski, COO