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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 Heidelberg to growing supporter base

14 November 2012 – The Verdigris Project’s distinctive approach to investigating and communicating the environmental impact of print media has won the support of the world’s leading offset press manufacturer.

Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG has become an associate member of the not-for-profit research initiative, which works with the global graphic arts community — printers, manufacturers, print buyers and publishers — to evaluate the carbon footprints of different media. Heidelberg joins a number of other leading manufacturers which are backing Verdigris, including Agfa, EFI, HP, Ricoh and Xeikon, as well as the drupa , FESPA and EcoPrint Europe exhibitions.

A Matter of Policy

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Sustainability starts at home but it is surprising how many companies don’t have a company sustainability policy. A sustainability policy is a bit like a mission statement in that it provides a commitment to an ideal or at least to a goal. Like a mission statement though a sustainability policy needs to be flexible enough to give the company wriggle room as the business changes and hopefully grows on the basis of its commitment.

Tiny Steps Turn into Strides

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

For many consumers battling with economic hardship, the environment has fallen down their list of priorities. But businesses seem not to be losing faith in such numbers. Those printing companies who are managing to keep their heads above water, have got the message the reducing environmental impact is also about reducing costs and improving efficiencies. Amongst the supplier community the concept of supplying carbon neutral kit is gradually taking hold and customers are starting to pay attention to their energy usage. Electrical meters integrated onto printing devices and related machinery are the next step forward in supporting these customers.

The European Union’s Ecolabel

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

After many years of prognostication the European Union has published its specification for an Ecolabel for products and services, excluding food and pharmaceuticals. This is a voluntary label designed to promote improved environmental performance. The idea is that consumers will choose products and services whose environmental impact on a life cycle basis is reduced. It isn’t clear what the baseline reference is for said reduction though, so this label will probably get used rather as calory labels do: less is better.

Seven Cardinal Innovations for a Sustainable Planet

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The graphic arts industry often gets slammed for the waste and excess emissions it generates. Yet the printing industry is already implementing the Seven Cardinal Innovations as outlined by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research. This organisation is heavy on research and academics, but has a proactive engagement with industry and governments. From what we can tell, there isn’t much interaction with print, which is a pity because print and paper are proactive players for reduced environmental impacts. Of the seven innovations print and paper is already implementing two of them.

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