Introduction

Welcome to the 2014 Environment report
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The industry has cleaned up significantly over the past couple of decades, and in many respects the big structural changes have already been made, but that doesn’t mean we can rest on our organically grown laurels. Improving environmental performance, much like running a successful business, is about ensuring continual improvement – standing still is not an option.

And neither is not being prepared to stand up for print. While many of the strides the industry has taken have, quite rightly, been about bolstering bottom lines, that‘s no reason not to be proud of them. But for some reason we’re not.

All too often print does a better job of making changes than it does of shouting about them. It’s true that not many clients would get excited about your new reverse osmosis unit, scanning densitometer or automatic ink pumping system, but they will appreciate the greater colour consistency or reduced environmental impact it delivers. And reducing waste, whether it’s energy, paper or consumables, or just time, is the cornerstone of any environmental policy, so don’t be shy about the positive work you’re doing.

If, after having made all the big changes, you want to make one small one – make it changing the attitude of one person you meet who has a negative impression of print. Because that might have the biggest impact of all.

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Sustainability superheroes
30 June 2014

Some choose themselves. Some are chosen by others. But it’s not how a business goes about appointing its own green champion that matters. What matters is that every business has an individual in place...

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Process upgrades to green up your print
30 June 2014

As the old saying goes, small changes can make a big difference. One area this is particularly true for printers is the pressroom. Of course investing in a brand new super-duper eco-friendly press is the...

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Green products rely on smarter plastics choices
30 June 2014

One of the most ubiquitous and long-lasting recent changes to the surface of our planet is the accumulation and fragmentation of plastics,” wrote David Barnes in Plastics, the environment and human health,...

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Make sure you keep hold of your ISO 14001
30 June 2014

Just when you thought developing, implementing and executing a watertight environmental management system that conforms to all ISO 14001 standards and works for your business was one of the biggest challenges...

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How to find funding for eco improvement projects
30 June 2014

On a list of all the people you would expect to be clued up on green funding, the government should be top. It’s the government after all that provides much of that funding, and the government that constantly...

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Experts foresee a world of tougher green regulations
30 June 2014

Printers are used to having to play by the rules; manufacturer guidelines, colour management requirements, health & safety directives, tax regulations, data security rules – all these things and a dozen...

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Arm yourself with stats to fight off the eco fallacies
30 June 2014

How many times have you been making polite conversation in a taxi, paying in a shop or chatting with friends and heard those six, doomy little words: ‘print is bad for the environment’. Probably too many...

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