Environment Report 2013: Introduction

Welcome to the 2013 Environment report

There's no doubt that, as much as some people would like you to think otherwise, the prime driver for greening up your business isn't always going to be the impact on our planet's health.

Implementing a strong environmental approach has to have business benefits beyond just pure marketing value - although if done right, as detailed in our 'Green message' feature, this too can have a measurable impact.

However, generally speaking, the biggest impact on your bottom line - either directly, in terms of reducing costs or increasing productivity, or indirectly, in terms of reducing your exposure to the possibility of penalties or fines for missing targets or worse - is likely to be driven by the production process.

Whether it's realising the true value (or otherwise) of your waste stream (p32) or implementing some of the lessons learned by other industries (p30), there are myriad opportunities to streamline your business. While it would be impossible to detail them all in one supplement, there's no doubt that our Environment report is a pretty good place to start.

See our Environment Report 2013 for an in depth report on the issue


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An environmental expert will help you see the light
20 March 2013

"You don't want to be the kind of boss who makes people shiver or is petty about lights," says Jeremy Harris, sales director at Barnet-based Splash Printing. "And I just don't think our business will end...

Pick the best eco-tricks from other industries
22 March 2013

Print, by its nature, has to be outward looking. Its tentacles touch so many different client sectors and its business is so reliant upon knowing those clients intimately, that there can't be many sectors...

Recycling is not easy, but it's always possible
22 March 2013

When a supplier says a material is 'recyclable', verbally or through this being noted on the product's data sheet, two things will happen. Firstly, if the printer has been keeping abreast of the debate...

Are your green successes rocking the main stage?
22 March 2013

Printers could be forgiven for feeling, of late, a little bit like a small child being reluctantly thrust into the limelight of a school play or circle of expectant relatives.   "Go on, don’t be...

Eco-packaging is not yesterday's news
22 March 2013

When it comes to decisions made in the retail sector, the consumer is king. At the merest whiff of a change in trends, the whole supply chain gears itself to meet the shift. So, when two surveys conducted...

Environmental glossary
22 March 2013

As everyone's favourite long-suffering frog once said: it's not easy being green. And Kermit doesn't even have to contend with the reams of red tape, bamboozling terms and minefield of accreditation acronyms...

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