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Three ways environmental printing could help save the world

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Environment Man

Printing for business and saving the planet – traditionally those two things have never gone together. But that’s all changed. Now it is possible to help take care of the environment with print. Here’s how:

  1. Print smarter

That old fashioned reliance on print is not a friend of the planet. After all, it takes between 12 and 24 trees just to make a single ton of paper! That means you use nearly two trees per person on average a year just on the paper you print in the office. By putting just a little more thought into what you’re printing out and why, you can help reduce the strain on the planet.

  1. Don’t just recycle at home

It’s great news for the environment that recycling is now part of everyday life in most households. But what about in the office? Did you know that of the 65 million printer cartridges used in the UK each year, just 30% are recycled? That’s because 45.5 million end up in landfill! By applying a careful recycling approach from the start, you’ll help make every print job much more eco-friendly.

  1. Check the smallprint

So you’re doing great things in the office to help the environment. But isn’t there something you’ve forgotten? What about your marketing print? Before you go ahead with your print company of choice, check the smallprint on their environmental policy. Do they take their carbon footprint seriously? What’s their environmental policy like?

 

What we’re doing for the planet

As printers, we know the potential of making things better to help the planet. We do lots of things, from rewarding our Production Hub team for reducing waste to compacting and recycling any unavoidable waste paper – and using vegetable-based inks, pumped straight from large drums, rather than smaller cartridges in wasteful packaging. We’ve also changed the recipe of our best-selling 400gsm artboard so that it’s now 50% recycled. Because we also use this board for most of our business cards, showcards and folders, much more of our printing now has recycled content.

But we’ve also pledged to change more of the paper we use to be recycled or made from wood sourced from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Plus, thanks to our Tree Appeal, every order our customers make counts towards our goal of planting 100,000 trees for schools.

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