Environmentally Friendly Products for our Customers

We strive to offer as many sustainable products as possible:

1. Our standard large format engineering 20lb bonds are 30% recycled at no additional cost to our clients

2. Our main small format colour machine uses a vegetable-based ink system

3. We offer sustainable mounting material alternatives to Foamcore


  • 100% recycled natural fibres
  • Eco alternative to PVC or plastic display boards
  • Completely biodegradable and repulpable
  • No wax or polyethylene

Cardboard Matboard

  • Completely biodegradable and repulpable

5. A variety of recycled 20lb bond options for your small format specifications

6. Various recycled options for your small format colour proposals

Carefully Selected Vendors

A key part of TR Trades’ environmental initiatives is knowing that our suppliers have the same values as us. Through years of careful cultivation, we have obtained a secure balance of high quality machines and services while preserving our environmental initiatives.

  • Konica Minolta

    Konica Minolta

  • Océ


  • Xerox


  • Hewlett Packard

    Hewlett Packard

  • Ricoh


  • Canon


Internal Eco-friendly Processes

Our staff are engaged daily in our sustainability initiatives.

  • We provide 100% recycled paper towels, toilet paper and environmentally friendly hand soap in all of our washrooms.
  • In our lunchroom we recycle all cans, plastics, and cardboards.
  • Reusable dishes and cutlery in our lunchroom.
  • We use fluorescent and LED lighting throughout the store with motion sensors.
  • We turn off lights, monitors and machines at night.
  • Our delivery vehicles have excellent fuel economy allowing us to efficiently coordinate deliveries and pickups to ensure the lowest possible carbon emissions.
  • We host an in-house intranet to reduce paper waste and increase efficiency.
  • We recycle all toner cartridges from our large and small format printers.
  • We recycle all soft and hard plastics.

TR Trades partnered with Urban Impact and their Zero Waste recycling program in 2005. Since then, we have diverted considerable volumes of material, reducing our environmental footprint. Below, find the annual breakdown of waste we have diverted from landfills:

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 15,900 kg
  • 16.974 kg
  • 18,744 kg
  • 17,876 kg
  • 17,510 kg
  • 17,200 kg
  • 268 yd³
  • 842 yd³
  • 842 yd³
  • 842 yd³
  • 842 yd³
  • 717 yd³
  • 57.4 t
  • 61.3 t
  • 67.7 t
  • 64.5 t
  • 63.2 t
  • 63 t
  • 44.3 t
  • 126 t
  • 126 t
  • 139 t
  • 139 t
  • 115 t
7,678,671 L
1,193,384 kwh

How can TR Trades help your company be more sustainable?

We want to help you be green too!

As a major producer of recyclables, TR Trades has partnered with multiple recycling depots in order to minimize potential waste contribution. We extend our recycling services to our loyal clients who may not have enough waste to justify recycling services of their own.

We will pick up and recycle a variety of our clients’ printing waste, such as:

  • Soft plastics, including plastic bags from your paper plotters
  • Hard plastics, such as the circular ends of your plotter cores
  • Cardboard tubes and cores
  • Old drawings

Give your recycled waste to our drivers and they will bring it to our recycling facilities!

TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Monday to Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
After hours printing available!