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Print’s supply chain is greening up

The wider world and its leaders are finally waking up to the idea, thanks to numerous respected, heavyweight reports, undeniable evidence, and tireless campaigning, that what we use of the earth’s resources, what we do with them and how we put them back into the environment is having a direct and catastrophic impact on the health, and indeed future, of our planet and its inhabitants.

GDPR six months on: where does the industry stand now?

On 25 May 2018, the data protection landscape changed forever. With a level of hysteria akin to the Millennium Bug, the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had brought with it both fear and anticipation.

Do consumers understand packaging?

As the end of 2018 comes into sight, it has been nearly a full year since the plastic packaging debate was famously thrust into view by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary series.

Forecast worsening for paper supply

Earlier this month PrintWeek reported on the ‘perfect storm’ of global events that have tightened the supply of graphical papers and resulted in paper mills resorting to allocation for the first time since 2001.

The only way is ethics? God forbid

It is not a common occurrence, and it’s even rarer that it catches the eye of the media, but every so often a high-profile case arises in which a customer is refused a service because it conflicts in some way with the service provider’s religious, political or ethical beliefs.

Industry responds to tribunals ruling

Celebrated by many as a victory for working people over the elite, a Supreme Court battle brought by public sector union Unison against the government led to the scrapping of tribunal fees in late July.

Prevent web piracy with preparation

Last week’s ransomware attack that forced the NHS to cancel operations and affected organisations as diverse as FedEx, Renault and the Russian interior ministry may have been unprecedented in scale, but it was by no means rare.

Budget measures could have longer-term impact on print

With Article 50 set to be triggered imminently, on the face of it perhaps, one of the most glaring omissions of Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget earlier this month was any mention of Brexit beyond his opening speech.

The steely logic behind tree hugging

An oft-repeated Trumpism that, until two weeks ago, was one of a litter of reasons why the toupéed former reality star should not become the 45th US President was his widely reported theory that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.

No good news on packaging regs

The European Court of Justice has backed the EU Tobacco Directive and told producers of packaging for tobacco products that they cannot use fancy substrates, designs or techniques to differentiate brands following the plain packaging requirement that comes into force on 20 May.

Bag charge set to benefit UK industry

The effects of a new law that requires retailers with more than 250 staff to charge shoppers 5p for each ‘single-use’ plastic carrier bag will take time to filter through, but could benefit UK manufacturers.

New kit supply law hits UK statute

Individuals looking to source specialist printing equipment in order to produce counterfeit or fraudulent identity documents will soon find it much harder to get away with their actions after a new law comes into force next month.

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