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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.

National No Print Day a No Go

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

How could any company, large or small, possibly be so stupid as to come up with a National No Print Day? And yet that is what Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc., recently planned to do. Their idea drew such opprobrium from the printing industry that they wisely withdrew it.

But this idiotic idea has actually done the printing industry a favour. It has demonstrated just how little people really think about print, and how easily it is taken for granted. People don’t at all appreciate that print is print, whether it comes out of a desktop printer or a high speed digital press. They don’t recognise or understand the technology continuum. They are mistakenly clutching electronic media in a loving embrace because they believe it produces no waste. This is also idiotic.

By the Numbers

medium_env group3 DSC02997.JPGIt has taken a long time, but we are finally beginning to see progress in carbon footprint calculations. Two of the leading press manufacturers are now calculating their carbon footprints accurately and accountably. More importantly they appear to be doing so with some consistency. Heidelberg and HP Indigo each have invested substantial sums into this work, and are using their numbers as the basis for offsetting so that they can deliver carbon neutral presses to their customers.

Sustainability Matters at EcoPrint

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Developing a green economy and making sure that development is sustainable is important for all businesses, including the printing industry. Print is embracing a green agenda not just because printers care about the environment. The sustainability message is a matter of survival for the printing industry in some developed markets. Large corporate customers want to be accountable to shareholders , so printers need answers. This much is obvious, however the recent EcoPrint Report, “The Business of Sustainability”, raised a number of other related concerns for the printing industry.

Answering Customer Calls for Environmental Accountability

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

A lot of big international brands are starting to get heavy about their carbon footprint. BMW for instance has a clear environmental policy and also expects its suppliers to maintain environmental management systems. Printers have been aware of this move amongst the big names for a number of years and many are setting up environmental initiatives in response. They want to be sure to have a sensible answer for the likes of BMW, Tesco or Marks & Spencers when want to know about a print service provider’s environmental credentials.

Heavy Metal Carbon Calculators

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The mega traditional press manufacturers such as Heidelberg have been relatively slow to embrace the sustainability message. However, a bit like turning an ocean tanker, once the turn is underway it is slow but it is decisive. So it is with Heidelberg who is investing substantially into carbon calculation, in order to offset its emissions. We spent sometime at drupa with the folks leading this work, to find out how much of it is greenwash and how much is for real. A detailed evaluation will take more than a quick blog to cover, but the gist of it is that Heidelberg’s efforts are as sincere as they are impressive.

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