Sustainability + Responsibility
To understand the importance of social responsibility and sustainability it is important to know Drew. Drew has been socially-engaged since college, working with various organizations in various ways. While working as a local Art Director in Oshkosh on unfulfilling projects, he began coordinating graphic design and marketing projects with a variety of local organizations as an opportunity to work on fun and creative projects. During these early years, Drew gained recognition with the pro-bono work allowing him to venture out on his own after less than 2 years of real-world experience. Four year later Offbeat Press was born, offering creative screen printing as well as a sustainable and socially-responsible business model.
We have worked with dozens of progressive organizations and community groups and we provide a friendly non-profit discount to community-focused organizations. Our Wisconsin non-profit community spreads far beyond Oshkosh, we work closely with small businesses and organizations in Milwaukee, Madison, Stevens Point, Green Bay, Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Racine, LaCrosse, and various other places throughout Wisconsin and beyond. As a business member of Green America, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, we both promote social improvements and we actively work towards a better tomorrow.
We support a variety of community projects and sustainable organizations in a variety of ways. Some of the organizations that we support include the Oshkosh Farmers Market, the UW Oshkosh Dragonboats, Day by Day Warming Shelter, Growing Oshkosh, Habitat for Humanity, the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Oshkosh Housing Authority, YouthGO, Central Rivers Farmshed, Take Back the Night, Oshkosh Food Co-op project, Handmade for the Holidays, Hands on Oshkosh and many others.
Offbeat Press began operations in an old warehouse on the East side of town. The building happens to be the original tram station for the city of Oshkosh and we strive to be a vehicle for community involvement, civic engagement, and environmental sustainability. We have worked with dozens of progressive organizations and community groups and we provide a friendly non-profit discount to community-focused organizations.
In addition to our inks, our screen printing processes allow us to be eco-friendly and lean by reducing waste. Our manual printing presses are 100% human powered, saving energy, reducing our global footprint and increasing our print quality.
We use direct to transparency art preparation allowing us to eliminate resources used in screen creation, shortening the screen preparation time and art preparation process. We use low-impact chemicals during screen reclamation and shop cleaning. We use a water-based tex-tac, and efficient curing and drying equipment to make the process lean, green and clean. Additionally we benefit from a large variety of other green processes in the shop, the office and in our daily lives.
In the winter and spring of 2012, we expanded the print shop, moving the shop upstairs to take advantage of natural light, better ventilation, increased comfort and new opportunities. During our print shop expansion we utilized a number of efforts in order to reduce our environmental impact and maintain our social responsibility. We salvaged enough anti-static floor to piece together a nice print shop floor and ink room. We sought out and purchased another used press and dryer of the same brand and similar model in order to allow for additional use of all print boards, and press features. All folding tables, ink shelves, and ink tables were also re-purposed and re-built from various sources including the Oshkosh Habitat for Humanity RE-Store, trades, and second-hand stores. 100% of the equipment necessary for our expansion is re-used or re-purposed.