WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE PRINTING?
Sustainable printing is the concept that printing, although not famously good for the environment, can be managed and produced using good business practices to reduce its impact on the environment. It usually involves printing onto recycled paper and card using the most eco-friendly ink. We discuss some of these terms here and also highlight some of the areas where we are able to provide a more eco-friendly solution to both digital and litho printing.
Digital printers use toner made from plastic particles. Our toner is made partly from plant-based biomass and is polymerized to save energy and reduce toner consumption when in use. There is very little waste material when printing digital, and so it is ideal for short runs up to around 1000 units. Litho printers operate on vegetable and soy-based ink. These plant-based oils make the ink more biodegradable and are generally more affordable when printing in larger quantities.
We have carefully selected our papers to be not only sustainable but also have the highest print performance. We offer and suggest our most sustainable papers first. These are often 100% recycled, however, some also come with ecological initiatives that actually improve our surroundings rather than have a typical negative impact.
You will find more information on these papers here.
We are also a Carbon Capture Company with The Woodland Trust. Helping to plant trees in the UK when we buy our paper.
WASTE & RECYCLING
The great thing about paper is that it can be recycled. The landfill waste from our small format department is practically nonexistent. As it should be.
Our recycling initiative also extends to wide format materials. We now have polyester and polyethelene based ‘PVC-free’ materials that can be recycled. We have researched a range of wide-format materials available in the UK and selected the most environmentally friendly, and fit for purpose.
This has been difficult and unfortunately, the options are extremely limited, but we are extremely pleased to be making great headway with the inclusion of ‘PVC free’ coloured vinyl for cutting, ‘PVC free’ matt finish vinyl for stickers and durable polyester for outdoor banners.
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