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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.

Water Water Everywhere

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Many printing companies around the world have rainwater capture systems which they use to water their shrubberies and lawns, or for flushing toilets. Not many of them see making their car parks and loading bays look pretty as being of benefit to the wider community. However they might want to take a closer look, especially in water starved parts of the world, such as India or Australia and California.

Invisible Print is a Source of Environmental Impact Reduction

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

We recently learned all about auditing companies for their compliance to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and as part of the training we visited a large drinks maker in the UK for a trial audit. Britvic, based in East London, has been a publicly traded company since 2005 and has a declared public commitment to environmental management. This commitment is an important part of Britvic’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy and relates to all parts of the business. Yet nowhere in its policy documents could we find a reference to managed print procurement or how print and publishing functions fit with the policy. Britvic’s Environmental Management Policy is publicly available online (see http://britvic.co.uk/en/Sustainable-business/Policies-and-Reports/Safety...) and is displayed, on printed signs, throughout its manufacturing plant.

Building Margins

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

One of the things that standards compliance and process automation helps companies achieve is cost efficiency and improved margins. Too many business owners bleat about the cost of standards compliance or of workflow and process management technologies. The bleaters take what is really a very short term view, mostly based on ignorance. They misguidedly believe that investment in process control and standards compliance yields no financial gain. But concern about the cost and hassle of setting up new workflows and production models misses the point.

Green Climate Fund Moving Forward

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Progress is being made to spend the $10 billion that has been committed to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This fund is an investment fund set up by 194 governments and it’s goal is to provide a global investment vehicle to fund growth that also aids climate change mitigation. The GCF is funding public and private initiatives that facilitate low emission growth development projects, with a benign influence on the environment. Let’s face it, nothing is going to slow down climate change unless there is money to be made. And that’s what the GCF is all about.

Ecolabeling Schemes for Print

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

There are numerous ecolabeling schemes around but only a few, such as those in Scandinavia and Hong Kong, are specific to printed matter. Schemes like the European Ecolabel or the German Blue Angel are generic, rather than being specific to print. The benefit of having a dedicated ecolabeling scheme is that it can be easier for printers and publishers to follow, and for consumers to understand. A truly local scheme can be configured to meet the needs of a specific country or state. Some schemes are more rigorous than others to reflect the local reality. They evolve by starting off gently to encourage awareness and uptake, and get tougher following regular reviews and market response.

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