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.

Corporate greenwashing

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

We hear every day almost about how some mega corporation is doing just so very much to help the planet. Most of it we know is stretching reality, the slick presentation of marketing professionals with questionable consciences. They’re just doing their jobs right? And if they are telling fibs, that isn’t their problem. But organisations misrepresenting their green credentials undermines public trust that the climate crisis is real or that they have personal responsibility for it. In the printing industry we have some egregious examples of bad practise, particularly amongst manufacturers in the digital printing sector. But the problem of misrepresentation isn’t limited to printing press manufacturers.

Sustainable from the ground up

Laurel-2018.jpgThe Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

New builds are a great opportunity to cut carbon footprints and facilities running costs. In the UK, Fujifilm has recently opened Fujifilm House its new UK headquarters. Built with sustainability in mind the facility has received formal certification using the Built Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). This is a certification method developed by the Built Research Establishment, an organisation that has been around for over 100 years. Today it is in the sustainability data business and provides validations and certifications to an international customer base.

Packaging made from seaweed

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

If its inventors really want attention, Notpla needs a better name for its amazing product. The company has developed an innovative biodegradeable and edible packaging material, based on brown seaweed. The material is being sold as an alternative to plastics, either as a coating for food packaging or as Ooho. Ooho, another name worthy of reconsideration, is an edible bubble that can replace single use packaging for liquids. Interestingly Notpla is selling its materials as finished packages from its website, along with a range of Notpla papers.

Kornit’s 2021 Impact Report for Environmental, Social and Corporate (ESG) governance

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Kornit, developers and manufacturers of digital printing systems for textiles, has released its 62 page 2021 Impact Report for its Environmental, Social and Corporate (ESG) governance. This laudable effort with its declaration of sustainability objectives, puts the company in the vanguard of graphics industry suppliers.

1st April, 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced reversal of UK’s Brexit, following revelations of massive referendum vote hacking. British intelligence working with counterparts in Estonia, Ukraine and Poland have uncovered evidence that votes in the 2016 Brexit referendum converted Remain votes to Leave votes. The hack, code named Project Tonsils, was discovered on the day of the vote. But the discovery came too late to halt a mass of false votes being cast and counted.


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