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.

Ricoh On Top

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) is a suite of the world’s most influential indicators for corporate sustainability. They are considered the gold standard for sustainability and they are strict, with external audits, so they matter. Volkswagen has just been dumped because of its cheating on emissions tests, and Toshiba was also dropped following disclosures of fraudulent accounting. But Ricoh, one of the biggest players in the graphic arts market, has maintained its place on the DJSI World Index for the third year running.

Wheys & Means

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

We are very good at recycling in the graphics industry: paper and aluminium are widely returned to the supply chain to be used as raw materials in other products. And manufacturers such as Ricoh and HP have programmes in place to reuse components in printing devices. But these reuses are just that, reuse and not recycling of materials to create new raw materials for other supply chains. Creating raw materials from waste is a fundamental principle of the circular economy, so scientists are thinking creatively about how to use waste from one industry to create something new in another.

LED Curing Takes Another Step Forward

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

For years the graphics industry has been improving its environmental footprint, but not shouting about it much. Heidelberg’s introduction of LED drying technology for the European market is a case in point. LED drying of UV inks is an energy saver in more ways than one.

Prioritising Environmental Thinking

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

ISO is currently reviewing an important document, the ISO Guide 64. For the printing industry, and indeed all product manufacturers, this snappy tome makes for interesting-ish) reading. Its purpose is to explain how to take environmental concerns into account when creating product standards.

Japan’s Federation of Printing Industries Leading the Way

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

There are many approaches to paper recycling, but as a rule printing industry associations rarely get involved. The Japanese Federation of Printing Industries (JFPI) is an outstanding exception to this rule.


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