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Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Everyone loves a good Christmas party and a well-planned corporate gathering can do wonders for morale. But as headlines have shown, employers are becoming increasingly alive to the risks they face from the simple act of trying to reward staff.

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.

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.

Fire preparedness is a burning issue

In ancient Greek and Roman tradition, fire was one of the four elements alongside earth, water and air that were used to explain the nature and complexity of matter. But irrespective of how it’s considered, fire, when it strikes, can devastate a business.

Scales of justice are rebalanced in favour of employees

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of July has changed the employment law landscape. A fees-based regime instituted by the government that was intended to reduce the number of claims brought by employees was ruled unlawful.

Don't fall victim to workplace hazards

Red tape. Definitely something that features prominently on printers' top-five-things-to-grumble-about lists. And yet seemingly overly prescriptive government legislation is often there for good reason. And nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to health and safety.

Greener growth

Green up and clean up its the new business slogan doing the rounds, and in some sectors at least the message appears to be getting through. Major retailers such as Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Asda have all pledged multi-million-pound crusades to make their businesses greener throughout the supply chain, and where the big companies lead, the rest are sure to follow after all, these corporate behemoths wouldnt invest so heavily unless it was guaranteed to show a return on their bottom line.

Paper tigers

These are changing times for pulp and paper makers. While mill and machinery closures across Europe and the UK have resulted in shrinking capacity, particularly for graphical paper grades, this has been offset by a shift in manufacturing focus.

Packaging Innovations: Broadening the debate

You can’t talk about packaging these days without being keenly aware that there is an impassioned and important debate about its impact – particularly plastic packaging – on the environment, and measures to reuse, reduce and remove it from the supply chain.

What printers can do to recycle waste

The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. As such, it’s responsible for a correspondingly high volume of waste – and it’s only in recent times, over the last decade or so, that the majority of it has been recycled.

How to find funding for eco improvement projects

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 talks about how businesses need to be greener.

Timber regulations turn over a new leaf

That nothing even closely resembling the new EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) existed before they were launched in March, is kind of surprising. Most would probably have assumed that introducing illegally logged timber to the EU market had always been a criminal offence. But this wasn't the case.

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.

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”.

Improving the outlook for carbon reduction costs

Who wants to save money while also saving the planet? The answer, most would firmly agree, is everyone. And printers are certainly no exception. Which is why signing up to the BPIF's Climate Change Levy Reduction scheme, newly revised and ready for its next phase, seems at first glance to be something of a no-brainer.

The Environment Report

It's no surprise that, aside from the most committed eco print warriors, the environment has slipped down many people's agenda as a result of the economic downturn.

Switch on to smart energy and dial down your bills

Brexit is on the horizon, costs of energy are rising following the fall in sterling and an increase in taxation, and it appears that the UK’s energy generators can only just meet energy demands. It’s not hard to see why firms should be keenly aware of the impact of energy usage on their bottom line.

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