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ImageWelcome to Verdigris. This site provides information about environmental initiatives for the international printing community. It has a range of articles and reference links for printers, publishers, technology providers and anyone else who’s interested.

Articles cover all sorts of topics from explaining the basics of carbon footprinting for printers, to describing how individual printing companies are doing their bit to minimise their impact on the envrionment. This is an educational site that includes reference material and links to industry associations and environmental organisations around the world.

The Drinkable Book

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The Recyclability of Everything

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

We have been much occupied of late with a project to ensure that printed matter can be effectively recycled. It has to be said that standards work, and this work in particular, can be tedious beyond words. Other so very much more tempting options beckon. There’s the temptation to straighten ones speaker wires or rearrange the cutlery draw in age order, to name but two. It requires a will of iron to resist such urges.

Noodles in the News

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The packaging industry is quite amazing in its complexity and poses an absolute chaos of problems and possibilities for packaging printers. One of the more slippery aspects of this industry sector is compliance with health and safety and especially with environmental regulations. These vary around the world both in their detail and in their enforcement. The recent situation in India, where Maggi noodles were banned because they had apparently been mislabelled and contained higher levels of lead than are permissible, is a case in point.

More Reasons to be Cheerful About Print’s Carbon Footprint

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Recently we’ve been working on a document for ISO that assesses the deinkability of print. It’s been gruelling work and the cause of more than one sleepless night, not just because of difficulties to do with defining assessment criteria. It’s been a hard slog because this document has to encourage print buyers and their service providers to think about the choices they make when commissioning print projects. And how to do that is proving challenging.

Environmental Labels for Printers and Publishers

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

One of the benefits of implementing an ISO standard or going for an environmental label is the management and process discipline it imposes. This may seem obvious, but labels and standards can be a useful tool for helping companies improve environmental management. In doing so, they often improve the business’s overall performance.

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