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Carbon Neutral Printing

Zero Carbon Neutral

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the planet today. Our commitment to mitigating the impact of CO2 emissions across our paper supply chain has led to the creation of our unique ZERO Carbon Neutral Printing Program.


  • What is ZERO?

    Created in 2009, ZERO was developed in partnership with Offsetters, a provider of high-quality climate change solutions for organizations, to render any print project carbon neutral. With a small additional fee, clients can neutralize emissions from forest, to mill, to recycling all while Hemlock neutralizes our entire operations through offsets purchases. Both contributions go towards integral forest conservation projects such as the Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project, in Haida Gwaii, BC.

    When clients place a ZERO order, they know that they are making an invaluable impact on forest conservation. Since 2009, Hemlock clients have produced over 36 million ZERO Carbon Neutral print pieces, offsetting over 18,000 metric tonnes of GHG emissions, the equivalent to taking over 3,900 gas-powered cars off the road for one year.

    Communicate Your Impact

    With the ZERO Carbon Neutral Printing Program, you can make the transition to a low carbon economy, demonstrate your organization’s commitment to responsible printing practices and promote your reduced environmental footprint. It’s about balancing quality and cost with a set of strong environmental and social values that resonate with your employees, customers and community.

    ZERO Carbon neutral Printing Program

    When you print carbon neutral with Hemlock, you can use the exclusive ZERO brand mark on the materials you have offset, showcasing the positive steps your organization are taking towards climate action.

  • How to Participate

    Any order can be printed carbon neutral at Hemlock. We encourage your first consideration to be from our list of 100% carbon neutral paper stocks, which now includes nine digital house stocks, business card shells and imprints, as well as the following offset substrates from four of our closest mill partners:

    Neenah Coronado SST 100
    Mohawk Options PC 100
    Rolland Enviro PC 100
    Domtar Lynx Opaque Ultra 30% Recycled

    Alternatively, you could simply indicate that you would like to place an order for a carbon neutral print job and we will calculate the carbon footprint of your paper. A small additional fee (2% on average) that reflects the cost of offsetting the associated GHG emissions will be added to your order.

ZERO Carbon Neutral

Offset Portfolio

We actively manage our Canadian and International Offset Portfolios to support projects that are closely aligned with our values and that we are most passionate about. When you choose to print ZERO, you can be certain that your offset investment is supporting global forest conservation efforts that would not be developed without carbon offset funds.

Great Bear Rainforest Carbon Project

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world. Without offset funds, the protected areas would not have been established and more of the forest would have been harvested.

  • Hemlock logo 7,000,000 hectares protected
  • Car Icon Equivalent to 208,333+ cars off the road annually
  • Returns ownerships to stewards of the land

Quadra Island Forestland Conservation Project

Located off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, Quadra Island is a popular vacation destination. 418 hectares of forestland, previously designated for logging or property development, are now being conserved due to funding from carbon offsets.

  • Hemlock logo 418 hectares protected
  • Car Icon Equivalent to 19,000+ cars off the road annually
  • Preserves 10 Aboriginal heritage sites

Afognak Forest Carbon Project, USA

The project area on Afognak Island is made of native old-growth Sitka Spruce forests, lakes, streams and wetlands, and is home to a vast array of wildlife. Carbon offset funds have enabled the protection of 3,326 hectares of forestland on Afognak Island that would have previously been logged and generates roughly 40,450 tonnes of carbon offsets per year for its 30-year project life.

  • Hemlock logo 3,325 hectares of forestland protected
  • Car Icon Equivalent to 256,900 cars off the road annually
  • Home to Kodiak brown bears, Roosevelt elk, Sitka black-tailed deer, foxes and beavers.

Lower Zambezi REDD+, Zambia

Funding from carbon offsets allows local communities and forest management professionals to conserve a highly threatened wildlife corridor, which separates Zambia’s national capital and the Lower Zambezi National Park. The proejct also prevents the release of Co2 emissions from deforestation and creates sustainable livelihoods.

  • Hemlock logo 38,718 hectares protected
  • Car Icon Equivalent to 44,277 cars off the road annually
  • Supports population of 23,000 elephants, lions, antelopes and other threatened species