At Continental Envelope, we take seriously our responsibility to care for the environment.  This means we strive to limit our impact on natural resource every day.  We take pride that we are one of the greenest envelope factories in the United States.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Minimize the impact of our operations on the environment
  • Offer and encourage the use of environmentally-friendly products to our customers
  • Hold ourselves and our management team accountable for environmental performance




Envelope Paper

We are Chain-of-Custody certified under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). The Chain-of-Custody process ensures the consumer that the FSC®-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibly managed sources. For a consumer to purchase an FSC®-certified product, every company that previously had ownership of the forest product material components of the end product would have had to be FSC® certified. Certification Number TT-COC-004667. (Copy of Certificate available upon request). FSC® License C102880.

Inks, Adhesives & Printing Plates

Inks, Adhesives & Printing Plates

In the interest of sustainability, we use water-based inks and process our printing plates with water instead of solvents. We also use starch-based adhesives.

Our in-house ink mixing system blends and re-uses “left-over” inks.


Scrap Paper and Process Water

Our advanced pneumatic system provides a low-dust environment while maximizing recyclability.

The water used in manufacturing is treated in-house in compliance with federal regulations prior to release.

Power Conservation 

Power Conservation

We save electricity through advanced computer control of vacuum pumps and compressors, enabling their on-demand operation.

Our Unique Approach: Pushing the Envelope Farm

Further demonstrating our commitment to the environment, we created in 2007 our organic farm on 14 acres adjacent to our plant. Pushing the Envelope Farm serves as a community educational farm for local residents and refugees from as far as Burma and Iraq.

Our incubator farm provides produce to the local market and with our volunteers we are able to donate food to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Schools, youth groups and church groups participate in our educational programs, which we host on the farm or at their locations.

Continental Envelope has created a model for other companies to help support sustainable food efforts throughout the country. Please visit the farm website at