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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.

Verdigris welcomes Pragati as new associate member

3rd May, 2011 – Verdigris, the environmental initiative from Digital Dots, the graphic arts research group, is pleased to welcome Pragati (India and New York) as its latest associate member. Pragati offers a wide range of high-quality offset and flexo print services to its clients in India and around the world from its offices in India and New York. It produces a wide range of products ranging from books to brochures and calendars, from high-quality paperboard cartons to luxury rigid boxes, and from flexographic labels to shrink-sleeves. Environmental responsibility is important to Pragati.

Pulp Fiction

medium_ARJOtruckwithbaleofwastepaper.jpgThe ability to deink and recycle paper makes it a very environmentally friendly solution, but will the increasing use of inkjet printers threaten this?

Paper accounts for the biggest impact of the printing process on the environment so one of the most obvious ways of reducing that impact is to use recycled paper. This can cut down the amount of energy and water needed to produce the paper in the first place, as well as generating less greenhouse gases. There are plenty of recycling mills that specialise in pulping used paper, removing ink and other contaminants from it and using it to make new paper.

Right of bills

medium_EU Flag.jpgShould a state intervene to decide the format of the invoices that companies issue to their customers?

At the beginning of December last year the European Commission issued a communication called Reaping the Benefits of Electronic Invoicing for Europe. Electronic invoicing is part of the Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe which assumes a single digital market. The EU wants to see e-invoicing become the dominant method of billing by 2020, not just for the Commission but for all businesses, large and small, right across the EU. Currently only 5% of all business to business invoicing is solely electronic so this is either going to be a big undertaking or an expensive waste of public money.

Deal or No Deal?

medium_Me & HRH.jpgWe recently participated in a climate change event sponsored by HRH the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. Apart from being completely baffled as to why we were invited, we were even more shocked that not a single printer or publisher was present amongst 200 business leaders. How can this industry hold its own against stiff competition from alternative media and against charges of environmental hostility, without engaging with government and NGOs?

Print Industry Encouraged to Take Part in Developing Environmental Standards

th January 2011 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committee 130 (TC 130) has recently launched a new Working Group (WG) WG11 to develop a set of standards to cover the environmental impact of print. The Group's remit is closely aligned with those of the Verdigris Project, the not-for-profit print environmental research initiative, run by Digital Dots.

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