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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

EnviroMount

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

    5. Various recycled options for your small format color proposals

    Carefully Selected Vendor

    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.

    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:

    YEARDIVERTED WASTECARBON SAVED
    2005717 yd³115 t
    2006842 yd³139 t
    2007842 yd³139 t
    2008842 yd³126 t
    2009842 yd³126 t
    2010268 yd³44.3 t
    201117,200 kg63 t
    201217,510 kg63.2 t
    201317,876 kg64.5 t
    201418,744 kg67.7 t
    201516,974 kg61.3 t
    201615,900kg57.4 t

    We want to help you be green too!

    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
    604.736.4571
    digital@trtrades.com

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

    “McKenzie is always eager to respond and help. Great customer service as always!”
    Smart Design Group

    McKenzie

    Account Manager

    McKenzie joined the TR team with a solid foundation of experience in the print industry. His career began in production, where he developed his skills in maintenance, operations and finishing. Quickly recognized for his talent, initiative and charisma, McKenzie was promoted to Production Lead. At the helm of the production team, he proved a natural leader and infected the team with his positivity and work ethic.

    After building his knowledge leading the production team, McKenzie progressed into the Sales department, honing his sales skills under the leadership of Carla Duncan and TR’s customer focused approach. His natural penchant for customer service and dedication to quality assurance proved an ideal fit for the TR sales team where McKenzie now functions as Account Manager.

    Never one to rest on his laurels, McKenzie enhanced his knowledge with sales courses at BCIT and can regularly be seen applying his skills throughout the shop. Don’t be surprised to find him supporting the finishing department, assisting clients at the front desk, or onsite ensuring installations surpass customer expectations.

    Also goes by: Mac

    Interesting fact about McKenzie: he can be found on Wikipedia

    Best described in three words as: loyal, funny, and stubborn

    Cannot live without: his back massager

    Quote to live by: “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags” – Wanda the Owl

    “Bruce has always provided excellent customer service.”
    InterCAD Services Ltd.

    Bruce

    CAD & eProject Manager

    When you meet Bruce you automatically know he is a seasoned professional in the reprographics industry. Starting out as a driver for Hughes Owens Printing in 1978, he eventually transitioned to Trimen Blueprinting where he acted as a reprographics technician for 13 years. With the onset of the digital era in 2000, TR Trades hired Bruce as CAD Manager. Since then he has been an invaluable asset to the company and anyone who has questions regarding CAD plotting. When Bruce is not overseeing others in the CAD department, he spends countless hours troubleshooting client issues, unearthing customer print errors, and providing eProject software support. He is regularly looked to for printing advice by both coworkers and clients.

    Bruce is also well versed in troubleshooting onsite issues and participating in client presentations, having assisted Carla and TR sales staff in many client meetings. If you’re looking for a history lesson on the print industry or if you want to optimize your drawings for print, you’ll want to call on Bruce. Many may not know, but Bruce is a musician at heart! He originally studied engineering and math, eventually realizing it was not the career path he wished to pursue. Following this, Bruce went on to complete both a music program and a piano technician program through Douglas College. During his spare time, you’ll find him creating music or acting as a vocalist in several bands. When he is not playing the guitar and recording music, you can find Bruce tinkering around on one of his computers or watching hockey.

    Also goes by: Stretch

    Best described as: Humble

    Favourite place in Vancouver: Minnekhada, Coquitlam

    Guilty pleasure: Audio software

    Favourite TV show: Hockey

    Ideal meal: Mac & cheese (with ketchup)

    Cannot live without: Music

    Carla Duncan

    President

    Having worked in the family business since before she can remember, Carla has a natural talent for helping clients reach their printing goals. Always an advocate for education, Carla completed the Marketing Management course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then obtained a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with a double major in Management Technology and Human Resources. And all of this is in addition to sales and marketing courses at BCIT!

    Combining her extensive education with a lifetime of experience, Carla is a driving force behind the success of TR Trades. On a daily basis, she can be found anywhere in the shop, always striving to enhance client satisfaction. Her familiarity with our systems, equipment, and services make her uniquely capable of ensuring clients benefit from every possible way that TR Trades can help businesses grow.

    Favourite place in Vancouver: None. She would rather be off the grid camping!

    During her free time you can find her: riding her atv or dirtbike, camping in the wild, fishing off the West Coast, fishing in a river, or in her garden.

    Ideal meal: steak and double stuffed potatoes

    What gets her motivated in the morning: coffee and coming to work!

    Contact Me

    “If you’re looking for an alternative option to your current print supplier, please call my cell at 604.376.7803. I would love to speak with you about how we can help your business.

    604.736.4571 x 121