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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.

Green products rely on smarter plastics choices

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, the most exhaustive report to date on the environmental impact of plastics.

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.

Don't throw away your tax comeback

Deficits, cuts and public spending have been the defining topic of political discourse in post-crunch Britain, which means the subject of taxation is never far behind.

An environmental expert will help you see the light

"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 up saving enough to justify the hassle of worrying about these things."

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