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Are bioplastics the complete green package, after all?

Bioplastics have come a long way since they were first marketed more than quarter of a century ago. What once began as a niche product with a very limited scope of application has burgeoned into a range of materials with properties that can be utilised by a variety of markets.

Weighing up your options in the great green paper debate

Twenty years ago forests around the world were in crisis: more than 200 million hectares were lost between 1980 and 1995 in developing countries alone. In response to this alarming trend, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – a global alliance of governments, NGOs and paper and timber industry representatives – was created in 1993.

Ensure you keep your staff out of the danger zone

On the whole, print has a reasonably good safety record. According to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics, the printing sector has a lower accident rate than associated industries such as paper and board production.

Trading fair

Treating other people fairly is one of the pillars of a civilised society and while business is about competition, it’s important that everyone plays by the rules.

10 steps to reduce your carbon footprint

Environmental scientists are often reluctant to broadcast specific global temperature changes, largely due to the natural ebb and flow of climate conditions, but when temperature data from February this year smashed a century of records scientists were quick to reveal their horror, labelling the new record a “shocker” and warning of a “climate emergency”.

Sunny outlook for adopters of solar power

It was not so much a problem as the opportunity that prompted us,” says Dale Deacon, who will save his business tens of thousands of pounds every year after seizing that opportunity.

Why waste is a wasted opportunity

In recent years waste management has become a multibillion-pound industry. And print businesses like those in every other industry, perhaps more so than many others with its inks, chemicals, metals and other print-related materials, have had to implement new processes both to meet environmental regulations and best practice guidelines, but increasingly as part of their carefully premeditated waste strategies aimed at driving down costs.

ESOS: benefit or burden?

When the government first floated the idea of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) back in 2012, it did so with the strap line: ‘Helping UK enterprises improve profitability through better information on how to save energy’.

Have we binned our commitment to recycled paper?

Recycling is something we all do so naturally now that we barely stop to think about it. All of us have at least two bins in our driveways, if not three or four, and we are far more conscious of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste than at any other time in human history.

Why Lord Sugar needs to sweeten his behaviour

Someone is not performing to an acceptable standard. They are for the chop and it’s down to you to administer the coup de grâce. Is this your Lord Sugar moment? Do you point the finger of doom with a theatrical flourish and, without compunction, utter the famous words, “you’re fired”?

The commercial case for green initiatives

Consider this four-colour process: ideally we’d all like to be as green as possible, but things are never black and white, and anything that’s likely to send us into the red, however worthy, has to be off limits. This is no less true for running a successful printing company.

Act before the funding purse closes for good

Few UK industry sectors emerged from the recession as bloodied and bruised as UK Print PLC. Prior to the downturn the industry was in a tailspin thanks to the rise of online communication channels, dwindling print runs and cutthroat pricing caused by the growing influence of print management and business process outsourcing behemoths.

New EU regs look set to stifle mercurial talents

There are on the horizon tougher EU regulations regarding the use of hazardous substances that are targeted at some of the more troublesome elements of the periodic table, among them lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg).

Old-school schemes find favour with a new generation

Ink-stained apprentices were a feature of the printing trade for centuries. At least three US presidents – Thomas Jefferson, Warren Harding and Lyndon Johnson – worked as so-called ‘printer’s devils’ in their younger years. Other famous one-time devils include Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.

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