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.

Lifetime analysis

medium_2005-03-21_Amstetten.jpgPrinters are feeling the pressure from their customers to reduce the carbon footprint of their own production, but how can they account for the environmental impact in manufacturing their printing presses?

The discipline of Life Cycle Assessment is coming to the printing industry, albeit slowly. It’s a necessary step if the industry wants its environmental position to be judged on rational and impartial criteria rather than by the irrational and emotional belief that print is responsible for killing trees and destroying rain forests. But this means being able to account for the environmental impact of all the different elements used within a print factory.

PrintCity Alliance prepares to publish Carbon & Energy Reduction report in early 2011

IfraExpo, Hamburg – PrintCity Alliance members are preparing to publish their latest environmental and energy report Carbon & Energy Reduction for the Graphics Industry Value Chain in early 2011. This follows two years of research and ‘connection of competence’ knowledge sharing between members, partners plus external research and academic organisations.

Staying dry

medium_Ink Maker.jpgAlthough waterless printing has been around for a while, it’s mostly been seen as a niche technology, but thanks to greater awareness of environmental issues, more printers are now looking at going waterless

Ask a printer about consumables and they’ll mention things like inks, paper and plates, but conventional printing presses use an enormous amount of water, a natural resource that we are all starting to think about conserving. It may seem strange that water has become such an issue, given that 70 per cent of the planet’s surface is under water, but there is only a fixed amount of water on the planet and growing populations together with climate change has meant that in many parts of the world the demand for water far outstrips the infrastructure to collect, process and distribute that water.

Epson Releases Sustainability Report 2010

TOKYO, Japan, July 27, 2010 – Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE: 6724) today released its Sustainability Report 2010, detailing the business, environmental and CSR initiatives undertaken by the Epson Group in fiscal 2009 (April 2009 - March 2010) as it works toward becoming a truly sustainable enterprise.

Making A Good Impression

medium_HP_Indigo-7000_People1.jpgPrint buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of print. For the most part they understand that print is a more sustainable option than electronic media, but how do they decide which printing method to use? Is conventional offset more environmentally friendly than digital printing? Or is it the other way around?


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