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Inspires Innovation


We embrace social and sustainable responsibility as a critical aspect of all our business decisions, from supply chain partners to operational procedures to customer engagement. We consistently seek new and innovative ways to minimize our collective environmental footprint.

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  • Paper


    As the largest part of any print project and a resource that deeply affects the balance of the world’s natural resources, paper deserves our special attention. We are a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody-certified printer, and are proud of the continued growth in FSC paper used by our clients, now exceeding 80% of the stocks on which we print.

    Ancient and Endangered Forest Purchasing Policy

    Hemlock has established a comprehensive Ancient and Endangered Forest Purchasing Policy which provides the guidelines to help us to continue to grow our use of FSC and Post-Consumer Waste papers, shift to grades that have a lower carbon footprint and ensure that all the paper we buy comes from sources that protect and preserve the ancient and endangered forests globally.

    As part of our commitment to the conservation of the world’s ancient and endangered forest ecosystems, we strongly support the North American commercial scale development of pulp, paper and packaging alternatives that are derived from agricultural residues like wheat straw as a way to diversify the fibre basket and meet our continued need for high quality, cost effective products.

    Coronado SST 100

    A shining example our innovation and initiative is the unique partnership with Neenah Paper and Offsetters we established to develop Coronado SST 100, the first paper of its kind certified carbon-neutral throughout its lifecycle. Available only from Hemlock Printers, Coronado is a 100% post-consumer recycled premium uncoated sheet for both digital and offset production, and is both FSC and Green-e certified.

    Forest Landscapes of Hope

    Hemlock is conscious of the impacts of sourcing decisions on endangered species, high conservation value forests, communities and climate, in places like the Boreal and the Broadback Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests and Indonesian Rainforests. We are working closely with not-for-profit Canopy on policy implementation to ensure we carefully assess our fibre sourcing to avoid ancient and endangered forest regions.

    Waste Reduction & Recycling

    Hemlock recycles 99% of all waste generated in our business operations. From comprehensive supplier stewardship programs to paper towel composting, we constantly search for ways to reduce our company’s waste. We prolong material life spans, reuse everything from paper to process water to rags, and recycle a growing list of production elements.

  • Energy & Greenhouse Gas Reduction

    Working closely with expert partners Climate Smart and Offsetters, we maintain our manufacturing facilities as carbon neutral operations, measuring our emissions according to the internationally recognized GHG Protocol. Our success in energy and emission reduction is complemented by our purchase of carbon credits that support energy-efficient and fuel-switching projects that reduce GHG emissions, like the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project in Haida Gwaii. Read the GHG Report here.


    We are constantly exploring new ways to minimize waste, emissions and energy use, choosing inks that maximize vegetable oil content while minimizing volatile petroleum compounds (VOCs). Our production plants are computer controlled to ensure optimal energy efficiency. Our partnership with BC Hydro’s PowerSmart program helped guide our recent office and plant lighting retrofit to high efficiency LED lighting, reducing our electricity consumption by over 35%.


    Hemlock is the only printer in Canada able to offer Green-e certified stock. Green-e paper certification can be applied only to substrates that are manufactured at mills which use 100% certified renewable energy, including electricity created by wind, solar, biomass or run-of-river sources.

    As an added benefit, Hemlock’s own electricity use is certified under the same program, so you know you are making the most environmentally responsible choice available.



  • The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC enables businesses and consumers to create positive change to keep our forests healthy for generations to come.
  • Offsetters is one of the largest, most experienced full-service carbon management teams in North America. Founded in 2005, we provide a variety of environmental management solutions for businesses including, carbon and water inventories, product life cycle assessments, corporate sustainability, and the development and sourcing of high-quality offset projects in Canada and around the world.
  • Offsetters is Canada’s leading carbon management solutions providers and was the first ever Official Supplier of Carbon Offsets in the history of the Olympic movement in 2010. Offsetters promotes a shift to a low-carbon future by helping clients understand, reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Climate Smart is a Vancouver-based social enterprise committed to empowering and enabling organizations to reduce their emissions through greenhouse gas management training, strengthen their businesses and build a resilient economy.
  • Green-e is the leading independent certification and verification program in the US for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market. Their Green-e Marketplace re:print program certifies printers and paper mills that use renewable energy from natural sources like solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower facilities.
  • The Environmental Paper Network is a world-wide network of over 150 organizations working together to create transformational change in the pulp and paper industry and wider society, so that paper production and use contribute to a clean, healthy, just and sustainable future for life on earth.