Legacy of Green

Legacy of Green

Legacy of Green

Friesens Commitment to the environment is built around making the best use of all our resources, and minimizing our ecological footprint. We use our resources as carefully as possible – reusing and recycling whatever we can. Any waste that leaves our plant is recycled in such a manner that it can be used again. At Friesens, it is our intention to protect our employees, customers, community, and natural environment in order to help sustain global human development. We do this by taking steps to prevent or lessen any adverse impact that might result from our operations and products. We regularly evaluate compliance with all environmental law and regulations, and introduce best practice standards throughout our firm. We have long been a steward to our environment, and we will continue to be a leader in environmental stewardship.

Did You Know?

  • Friesens uses only hydro-generated power provided by the Nelson River watershed, a renewable source of clean energy with zero carbon.
  • Friesens hydro-powered plants produce no air pollutants, no toxic waste, and contribute 18-60 times less greenhouse gases than natural gas or coal-fired plants
  • Friesens’ UV web press emits no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Friesens cover boards are FSC® certified and 100% post consumer waste
  • Friesens inks are vegetable based

Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international cerification and labeling system for prodcuts that come from responsibly managed forests and other responsible sources.

Friesens was the first Canadian book manufacturer to be an FSC® certified printer.

When you buy products with the FSC® logo, you’re guaranteed your purchase supports healthy forests and strong communities. For all, forever.

Please visit www.fsc.org for more information.


Eco Labeling

Friesens offers two types of environmental labeling

Eco Audit Labeling

Forest Stewardship Council® Labeling

  • Promotes forests that have been certified, and the wood fiber in the paper has been tracked from a certified forest to the end user, protecting ancient forests.

Green Press Initiative

Friesens is a proud member of the green press initiative, a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers, and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts. This includins impacts on endangered forests, climate change, and on communities where paper fiber is sourced.

Please visit www.greenpressinitiative.org for more information.

Eco Practices

  • 2011
    • Proud sponsor of the Environmental Paper Network and featured eco-audit paower user 63% of paper used annually by Friesens includes post-consumer waste
    • Tests Flax, wheat, and recycled paper for Canopy
  • 2010
    • Implemented new FSC® standards
    • Installed upgraded shredding system allowing all hard covers to be recycled
    • Reduced energy consumption in employee parking lot by installing new plugs
  • 2009
    • All plants are upgraded with centralized high and low pressure air and vacuum
  • 2008
    • Built new plant according to latest environmental standards
    • Installed UV press with UV ink
  • 2006
    • Developed Friesens Eco-Calculator, a calculator that converts book specifications to environmental resources saved
    • Friesens estimating goes ‘paperless’, saving 285,000 pages (annually) of printing
    • Launched eco-education program
  • 2005
    • Launched Friesens Green Scene, a quarterly update on industry and Friesens environmental practices and initiatives
  • 2004
    • With publisher Raincoat Books, Friesens prints Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100% post consumer waste paper. This landmark ‘green’ edition set the stage for all future Harry Potter books to go ‘tree free’
    • Launched Eco-Audit program
    • Installed water efficient washrooms
  • 2003
    • Canada’s first FSC® certified book manufacturer
  • 2001
    • Donations to Scoutree Program
  • 1999
    • Switched humidity system from air fog to high pressure mist
    • Upgraded compressed air system to reduce energy dependency
  • 1997
    • Initiated sorting baling waste by grade
  • 1994
    • Installed high efficiency lighting
  • 1992
    • installed silver recovery system
    • Installed solvent recovery program
    • Launched drink can/desk bin recycling programs
    • Published first promotional endition of Making Eco-Friendly Books
  • 1985
    • Replaced ink cans with refillable drums
  • 1981
    • Used press waste for line-up sheets in next press run