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ENVIROMENTAL REPORT

Digital Hub takes the environment very seriously. Throughout our many years we have continually taken all the necessary steps to produce eco-safe printing projects. All printed materials are produced “in-house”, which enables us to have complete control over the paper, inks and chemistry used to produce your printed materials. This eliminates the chance of non-environmentally safe materials being used by an outsourced print vendor. We pride ourselves on our environmentally responsible printing practices, ensuring the health of our employees, neighbors and planet.

SUSTAINABLE MISSION STATEMENT
Digital Hub produces your printed projects in-house using 100% wind power, responsibly harvested paper, vegetable based printing inks and ultra-low V.O.C. pressroom chemistry ensuring the health and safety of our employees, neighbors and planet
REFORESTATION PROGRAM
Digital Hub has implemented a program with American Forests in which trees are planted on behalf of our clients. American Forests works to protect, restore, and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife. To date Digital Hub has planted 1,988 trees which is an average of 662.7 tons of carbon being sequestered.
WATER-LESS PRINTING
Our Water-less printing process is environmentally friendly not only because it conserves water, but also because it eliminates water mixed with chemicals used in traditional printing methods that eventually ends up in our water supply. Traditional printing chemistry is very harmful to the environment, and we are proud to know that our Water-less printing process does not contribute to this environmental strain.

TRADITIONAL WATER-BASED OFFSET PRINTING
Digital Hub has found a unique way of producing water-based traditional offset printing in an eco-safe manner. We use ultra-low VOC chemistry, which is a much safer chemical alternative. Our inks are vegetable based and our UV coatings contain zero V.O.C.'s which eliminates hazardous chemicals found in traditional water-based printing, making our water-based printing a sustainable commodity.
CLEAN AIR COUNTS
Digital Hub is a member of Clean Air Counts, a northeastern Illinois regional initiative to reduce ozone-causing emissions, thereby improving air quality and enabling economic development. The Clean Air Counts collaborative effort seeks to achieve specific and significant reductions in targeted smog-forming pollutants and major reductions in energy consumption.
CARBON FREE SHIPPING
Digital Hub is a partner of Carbonfund, the country's leading carbon reduction and offset organization. In partnership with Carbonfund, we were able to offset 305% of our carbon dioxide emissions by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects. By offsetting our shipping carbon emissions, Digital Hub was able to avoid 162,872 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from being emitted into our planets atmosphere. This commitment has an impact similar to: Planting 1,800 trees or not driving 166,192 miles, or taking 12 cars off the road for one year.
GREEN AMERICA APPROVED
Digital Hub is a member of Green America's Business Network. Green America members have made extraordinary commitments to fair treatment of their employees and workers in their supply chain, to promoting healthy communities where they do business, to preserving the environment, and to delivering quality products to their consumers.
GENGREEN LIFE CERTIFICATION
Digital Hub is GenGreen Life Certified. GenGreen Life was quoted stating "Digital Hub is at the highest level of sustainability and is awarded gold seal certification". GenGreen Life is a Co-op America partner and is a multi-faceted platform for communication, education and connection; from green news headlines, job listings, and events, to tips helping you live a sustainable life.
100% WIND POWER
In partnership with Renewable Choice Energy, Digital Hub has offset 100% of our energy with renewable energy credits from American wind farms so that our traditional energy consumption has been replaced with clean, renewable wind power energy. By switching to 100% wind power, Digital Hub was able to avoid 122,154 pounds of carbon dioxide emisions from being emitted into the atmosphere.
CARBON POSITIVE WEB DESIGN SERVICES
Our website was created with Lunar Media's Carbon Positive Design Program. By calculating how much energy we consume using their computers, we are able to offset the carbon emissions with 100% American wind power credits to neutralize our sites emissions. Lunar Media also purchases extra credits and plants five to ten year old trees on a 75 acre piece of land in northern Illinois that is currently being converted from farmland to natural forest.
EPA GREEN POWER PARTNER
With our efforts and commitment to 100% wind energy, Digital Hub has become a partner with the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership. Purchasing green power is a way to reduce the risk of climate change and the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

EMPLOYEE CO2 REDUCTION LUNCH PROGRAM
At Digital Hub we further reduce our carbon footprint with our employee lunch program. The way this program works is that we encourage our employees to bring lunch from home or utilize our “one stop” lunch service. The “one stop” lunch service is a program in which one restaurant is picked each day and one employee takes the orders from all other employees and then a single car is sent to pick up the food from that one location. This cuts carbon emissions immensely because only one car is on the street for lunch instead of upwards of 35 employees driving everywhere to get their own lunches.

COMPOSTING FOOD AND PAPER WASTE
Composting is great for the environment. Over 50% of all landfills are made up of food and paper waste. Trash in these landfills are embalmed for centuries, leaching toxic chemicals and producing methane gases. That's why it's so vital to recycle these waste materials more effectively. Digital Hub recycles 100% of our paper waste and composts 100% of our food waste in an effort not to contribute to this environmental strain.

Our compost bin recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over 2 tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills. Compost returns nutrients to the environment, reducing our need for chemical fertilizers. Our compost bin is made from recycled and recyclable materials.

WASTE MANAGEMENT
At Digital Hub a wide range of materials are separated at their source for recycling or reuse, including aluminum printing plates and cans (54.8 tons), batteries (278), glass, inks (110 gallons), paper and cardboard (72 tons), plastics, polythene packaging, steel drums, timber pallets (2,100 pieces), toner cartridges and all other recyclable materials.

CHEMISTRY AND CLEANING SUPPLY REDUCTION
Pressroom chemistry is the leading pollutant in the printing process. Digital Hub is very conscious about this and uses ultra-low VOC chemistry in our printing process creating a safer work environment for our employees and a healthier planet for our neighbors.

DIGITAL HUB'S GREEN PRINTING STATEMENT OPTION
Digital Hub provides optional environmental statements for inclusion on your printed projects. These options are available for your use, at no additional charge. If you would like to use one of Digital Hub's excusive environmental statements for your project, please indicate that you would like it printed on your materials at the time of your order placement.


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  "Thank you guys for being such gracious hosts! I can see why Digital Hub is a thriving business- We really appreciate your candor and integrity".
  -Amanda Eich, CEO, Spilled Ink Press

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