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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.

First Certification to ISO 20690 (Determination of the operating power consumption of digital printing devices)

Laurel-2018.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

As certifications go, this is probably not desperately exciting to most people. But to the people behind the document (including me), it is very exciting indeed, especially since SwissQPrint, a leading manufacturer of large format digital printers, has achieved certification within a few months of the document’s publication. SwissQPrint is the first in its field to declare its energy efficiency data according to ISO 20690.

It’s Still All About the Data

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

For many years now the graphics industry has benefited from cloud computing, initially with the Software-as-a-Service model pioneered by Agfa and latterly with a growing range of subscriber based cloud services. Adobe started the cloud ball rolling some years ago with CSS subscriptions and HP has developed the industry’s most ambitious offering with its PrintOS service, available since 2016.

Spreading the sustainability message - Part 4

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

This is the fourth part of a series of blogs suggesting ideas for topics addressed in environmental policy statements. Industry associations serving the needs of journalists, illustrators, designers, authors, publishers, printers and so on are largely passive when it comes to improving environmental impacts. In the previous blogs we’ve considered the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, emissions controls and management and waste handling. But how about materials usage and considering what’s required to produce a given print product and its recycling?

Spreading the sustainability message - Part 3

Laurel-2018.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

In our first blog on getting industry associations to encourage wider sustainability awareness, we put the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, at the top of the list. But sector specific environmental impact and sustainability policy statements need much more. Graphic industry sectors such as newspapers, magazines, book and packaging production really should have robust environmental guidance from their associations. Sadly it’s largely absent from their websites and, even sadder, this is a missed opportunity. A high profile position on the environment helps the graphics industry to take ownership and lead the environmental impact conversation. It’s also useful reference for countering the negativity that is often associated with print in all its forms.

Spreading the sustainability message - Part 2

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

This is the second part of a short series to provide industry associations with some basic ideas for how to encourage sustainability awareness amongst memberships. Environmental sustainability is becoming cool again as named brands, consumer associations, hotels and even banks start following the leads of governments and environmental groups. They’re doing this for commercial as well as sustainability reasons because sustainability messaging resonates with consumers. For people in the printing and publishing industry supply chains, this is especially important. Print still takes the rap for poorly handled waste, so messaging that improves how people use printed communications supports the graphics industry and its long term health, as well as reducing negative environmental impacts.

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