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Ricoh Announces New Environmental Licensing Program

Press release from the issuing company

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.--June 20, 2002--Ricoh Corporation, the Dependable Digital output company, today announced the implementation of a newly licensed environmental printing program called, Green Print. Green Print is a royalty-free licensed program that enables Ricoh to continue delivering quality promotional literature while maintaining natural resources. The Green Print program is a natural evolution of Ricoh's environmental commitment, which has led the office automation industry for more than 20 years in creating environmentally friendly products and promoting partnerships among government, industry and environmental groups. Wheal-Grace, the commercial sheetfed-printing firm, created the Green Print program to both educate and reward customers that are dedicated to "earth friendly" printing. They designed Green Print to effectively calculate the positive environmental impact of both the procedures and earth friendly materials employed in the production of a given item. Specifically, the Green Print program addresses environmental concerns by providing every printed piece of material with its own environmental impact statement detailing the project's savings of trees, water and energy, while also citing the reduction in air pollution and landfill space. The program includes all the same ingredients of eco-friendly printing that Ricoh has been using over the last few years when printing promotional literature: recycled paper, vegetable-based inks, alcohol-free components, and recycling of any by-products. "Ricoh has always been committed to protecting and preserving the environment through the development of products that are most sensitive to the areas of air and water pollution, ozone layer depletion, global warming and toxic waste," said Kirk Yoshida, President & CEO, Ricoh Corporation. "Our Green Print initiative demonstrates the positive impact we strive to have on the environment and our commitment to protecting our world's natural resources."