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Being green starts within Tension's walls. From Lean Sigma activities to paper options, Tension is proud of its environmental initiatives.

Tension Environmental Initiative Making Your Mark on the Greener Side

Being green starts within Tension’s factory walls. In addition to supporting your green initiatives with two-way envelopes, certified and recycled paper, wind credits and other designations, Tension factories reuse and recycle virtually all of the materials used in the manufacturing process.

Using Lean Sigma practices, Tension cuts down waste and improves efficiency leading to a reduced carbon footprint in its operations. Each day Tension recycles paper trim, shipping materials and plant waste. Even the hot air from paper-trim vacuum systems is recycled for winter heating and for drying envelope adhesives.

Tension brings this commitment to environmental sustainability to your business, offering you multiple options to make your mark on the greener side. 

Sustainable Materials

Use sourcing certified, chain-of-custody (CoC) or recycled paper to communicate your commitment to the environment. Tension holds numerous environmental certifications, allowing you to select a sustainable paper option while knowing your Tension envelopes will perform during the insertion, mailing and remittance processes. Our certifications include:

  • SFI® Sourcing Certified for envelope manufacturing under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
  • Certified to the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) standards by the Rainforest Alliance, which requires rigorous chain-of-custody standards for paper made with fiber from FSC-certified forests.

Envelope Eco-Features

  • Tension provides an extensive selection of recycled envelope papers ranging from 10 percent to 100 percent post-consumer content. Recycled papers come in white, color-tinted and “brown bag” colors to meet your branding needs.
  • Tension's unique blend of flexo inks contain water-borne pigments and minimal VOCs. These low-VOC inks meet all Environmental Protection Agency standards. The Tension Water Based Ink symbol can be printed on flexo-printed customer envelopes, along with other environmental marks, statements and appropriate certifications.
  • Wind Power energy credits provided by Community Energy, Inc. and Tension’s ECOFIRST Wind Power emblem are available for you to use with specific envelope orders.
  • Window covering choices that include biodegradable materials, bioplastic film from renewable source materials and degradable plastic films are also available. Engineered with waste reduction in mind, Polystyrene window film degrades in common land-disposal environments.

No matter if you’re making your mark with certified or recycled papers, low-VOC inks or Wind Power energy credits, make a statement by including relevant and appropriate certification marks and symbols on your Tension envelopes. Contact us for more information on available marks.

Green Envelopes

The RECOCHET envelope, produced by Tension, is a two-way, reusable envelope. It combines the outgoing and reply envelope into one efficient piece, using less paper than two separate envelopes.

  • Tension’s RECOCHET envelopes help you involve customers andwith your sustainability goals while eliciting a response. They are ideal for fundraising, marketing, statement mailings, billing and consumer communications.
  • RECOCHET reusable envelopes come in custom and standard sizes, and in Business Reply versions. A favorite of insurance companies, utilities, nonprofits and other mailers, the RECOCHET two-way envelope helps reduce business costs while promoting a sustainable message.

Trust Tension

From sustainable paper options to low-VOC inks, window films to green envelope designs, Tension has the products you need to reduce your environmental impact while promoting your brand as an environmental steward. Contact Tension today to learn how to infuse sustainability into your mailings.