• Sustainability



We pride ourselves on having one of the greenest envelope factories in the United States. We are committed to taking care of the environment, which means limiting our impact on it.

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.

How We Make A Difference


  • 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 & Solvents

  • Our efforts to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through product substitution in its inks, adhesives and solvents contribute to air cleanliness and also reduce the potential for negative environmental impact.
  • We use low VOC roller wash solvents.
  • We switched from using solvent-based inks to soy formulated vegetable oil and/or water based inks.
  • Our in-house Ink Mixing System permits the blending and re-use of “left over” inks.

Waste Paper and Waste Water

  • Our advanced pneumatic system provides a dust free environment while maximizing recyclability.
  • Our process water is treated in-house in compliance with Federal regulations prior to release.

Power Conservation

  • We save electricity by having an advanced computer control system on the vacuum pumps and compressors that enables them to operate only on-demand.

Our Unique Approach: Pushing the Envelope Farm

An offshoot of our commitment to the environment is the creation of our organic farm, Pushing the Envelope Farm, which sits on 14 acres adjacent to our plant. We founded the farm in 2007 as a community educational farm and opened the farm to local residents and refugees from as far as Burma and Iraq. We offered them plots and many of them took us up on it and planted a wide variety of vegetables. We have hired a farm manager and now provide produce to the local market and donate food to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We have developed educational programs for schools, youth groups and church groups which we host at the farm or at their locations. We are grateful to Continental Envelope for supporting this farm effort and see it as a model for other companies to help support sustainable food efforts throughout the country. Please look up the farm website at PushingTheEnvelopeFarm.org and meet our goats, ducks and chickens.