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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.

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?

Successful first IPEX 2010 for Bekaert's green book binding solutions

With eco-friendly alternatives, a colourful range and glow in the dark coated book binding wires- Bekaert participated for the first time ever in Europe’s largest English-speaking printing event - IPEX 2010, Birmingham, UK. The positive and responsive feedback from visiting customers has generated a lot of sales leads and idea pitches for the future.

Just Published: 'Going Green' for Newspaper Publishers

A new report that examines the environmental implications of 'green' strategies for newspaper companies has just been published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Going Green, from the WAN-IFRA Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project, studies the impact of the daily newspaper business on the environment, from electricity consumption to paper and printing. The report show how environmental strategies create efficiency and save resources that can positively impact the environment and the newspaper's budget at the same time.

Hug a tree

medium_Hatfield-Forest.jpgOne of the biggest ways in which printers and publishers can make a difference to the environment is through the paper they use. Wood is a renewable resource but some wood is more sustainable than others so responsible sourcing of wood, and by extension paper, can make a big difference. The paper industry relies heavily on virgin wood fibre, but the trees need to be carefully managed, to ensure that they are harvested and replaced responsibly. Sourcing paper from renewable sources can significantly cut down on harmful deforestation, and avoids risks associated with illegal logging, such as inadvertently funding local conflicts.

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