The Blow Up Lab conversion from traditional, chemical photo processors to a 100% green, digital system 15 years ago was an avant-garde transformation. We were the first photo lab in the area to shut down the chemical printers, which were being monitored by the EPA for silver in waste-water and produced toxic fumes. This significant change represented a positive, paradigm shift in the industry, one in which we were proud to be a leader.
This green system occurred by eliminating all old equipment and installing a variety of state-of-the-art computers, software, scanners and printers. It also cut water usage by 95% and electrical energy consumption by 80%. We also have much higher productivity due to our computers’ and printers’ enhanced capacities.
Fortunately, the digital printing industry also started manufacturing green supplies such as non-toxic, aqueous, vegetable-base, archival inks; 100% cotton (rag), acid-free papers and canvases; as well as acid-free mounting substrates and adhesives. All of which we stock and use daily. The prints we make with these materials on that equipment are therefore 100% non-toxic and recyclable, too.
Additionally, our packaging materials are recyclable; since we mostly pack our products with craft paper, cardboard and wood crates. And we recycle mounting board scraps by donating them to local art programs.
We practice all eco-friendly options currently available in all aspects of our business, and we own an electric vehicle for errands and job deliveries!
– Frank McGrath and Carol Covington, Owners