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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.

Sustainable standard

medium_Sustainability & 16759.jpgIt can be hard for individual printers to develop a measurable environmental policy but the forthcoming ISO 16759 should address this.

For a growing number of printers, sustainability and working to protect the environment are becoming more important. This is not just because many printing company owners believe in helping the industry to be more environmentally friendly, but also because their customers are putting them under increased pressure to do so. Print buyers want to know that their media investments can make some contribution to their own corporate sustainability message. This matters more and more to their employees, to their shareholders and of course to consumers.

Carbon Conundrums

medium_PrintCity Carbon Footprint Report_EN.jpgPrintCity, the nebulous alliance of industry suppliers offering advice to the industry, has published another of its cross industry special reports. This one is called “Carbon Footprinting & Energy Reduction” and we were flattered to have had the chance to peer review it. We also provided reference material for the authors through the Verdigris project, some of which is included in the report.

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.

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