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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.

Slowly Garrotted with Red Tape

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Industry everywhere suffers from bureaucracy intended to make life safer, less corrupt and more fair and efficient. The graphic arts industry is not alone in having to cope with excessive, unproductive yet necessary administration and regulatory compliance. In several regions around the world the printing industry must comply with some pretty hefty rules. Some of these, such as chemicals management and disposal are important and valuable, but others, such as guidance documents relating to new laws take much time without necessarily delivering tangible benefits to the business.

The Trillion Tonne Communiqué

We wanted to invite you to participate in media strategy for the Communiqué. Follow the links below for ways that your company can get involved. As a signatory your logo will feature on our website, additional launch material and the Communiqué brochure.

How you can support the Trillion Tonne Communiqué media campaign:

Is Packaging Recycling as Environmentally Friendly as it Looks?

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

In many economies, curbside recycling is becoming the norm. Actually we can recycle virtually anything: in developed economies technology takes care of it, and elsewhere innovative entrepreneurs do the work. The biggest consideration ought to be the environmental and economic impacts of the recycling process itself. In some situations sending the stuff for incineration might be the least negative option.

The Future is with the Young

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Aching limbs and mind, that nagging sense that it might be all over before it’s really begun, and a sense that the future is slipping beyond your control? These might possibly be symptoms of age, but they don’t just plague wrinklies. Young people suffering the stresses of modern digital life struggle too to keep up, keep relevant and keep confident. The graphic arts industry is fortunate that technology is making it easier for all of us to share the angst. More importantly, digital technology is spreading the communications habit, making print accessible and exciting for new generations. The future of print depends on how upcoming generations value and use it, and on how well they manage its environmental impact.

Tracking Those Carbon Footprints

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The ISO committee responsible for greenhouse gas management and related activities has put out an update on ISO TS 14067, the technical specification for calculating the carbon footprint of products and services. This document was used as the starting point for ISO 16759, for calculating the carbon footprint of print media products. ISO 16759 has been in the field for about a year and calculators from Heidelberg and Ricoh have been certified for compliance to it.

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