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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.

Carlsberg Reaching More of Those Parts

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

A year or so ago the Carlsberg Circular Community (CCC) announced a project to develop next generation packaging materials optimised for recycling and reuse. The CCC is Carlsberg plus a collection of its global suppliers and they have now announced that they are working on a biodegradable and refillable drinks bottle. The Green Fibre Bottle, including the cap, is to be made entirely of sustainably sourced wood fibre and will be developed over the next three years. The project is estimated to cost €1.43 million with 60% coming from the Business Innovation Fund in Denmark.

Has Asia Pulp & Paper Turned a Page?

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Is it time to shake the hand of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and forgive its past sins? The Rainforest Alliance recently published an audit report confirming that APP is largely living up to the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) it published in February 2013. At least as far as Indonesia goes. However the Rainforest Alliance, commissioned by APP to do this work, has concluded that “overall, the progress to meet the commitments varies”.

Processless Plates On the Up

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

2014 was a watershed year for computer-to-plate (CtP) production: processless platesetting shifted up a gear, with all three major manufacturers making substantial headway in the market. Processless plates make economic and environmental sense, because you simply image the plate and mount it on press. Simple. There are no chemical disposal costs or waste water to deal with, so significant reductions are to be had in water usage, waste production and energy consumption. Equally important you save time producing plates and the latest generation achieves decent results on press. What’s not to like?

SGP Spreading the Sustainability Word

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

It’s the little everyday things that add up to potentially negative environmental impacts. One of the world’s most fundamentally important activities is buying and selling goods, commodities and services. It keeps us all busy and of course drives economies. Printing and communications technologies are as vital for business as transport. Our industry is pretty smart when it comes to producing sustainable products that do not have a negative impact on the environment. But we don’t do much to preach the sustainability word to our supply chains, preferring instead to depend on industry associations for collective action. One of the more proactive industry groups is the US based Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) partnership. SGP certifies US printing companies for compliance to its own print specific sustainability standards.

Deinking Advances

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

At the latest ISO TC130 standards meeting, Working Group 11 (WG11) took a big step forward. WG11 is responsible for standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology and has been working on the development of a deinking standard. This is intended to encourage more people to recycle papers and to invest in print products based on recycled paper.

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