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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.

Print Industry Encouraged to Take Part in Developing Environmental Standards

th January 2011 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committee 130 (TC 130) has recently launched a new Working Group (WG) WG11 to develop a set of standards to cover the environmental impact of print. The Group's remit is closely aligned with those of the Verdigris Project, the not-for-profit print environmental research initiative, run by Digital Dots.

Epson Again Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Indicies

November 11 2010 - Seiko Epson Corporation® ("Epson", TSE: 6724) has been selected for the third time as a component company of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific), both leading indicators for socially responsible investment (SRI). The international stock indices, jointly developed by the American company Dow Jones and Switzerland's SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Group, assess companies around the world based on economic, environmental, and social perspectives, and select those with the best future prospects for achieving sustainability.

Cancun Communiqué Signed by PrintCity Alliance

Gröbenzell, Germany, November 15, 2010 – The PrintCity Alliance has signed the Cancun Communiqué on Climate Change, following its support for the Copenhagen Communiqué in 2009. The Cancun Communiqué (www.cancuncommunique.com) is being signed by a wide range of individual businesses and organisations, including the PrintCity Alliance, to help lobby for an agreed worldwide plan on climate change.

Environmental Survey Results

medium_Number-of-Employees-1.jpgAt the beginning of the year as part of the Verdigris project, we published an online survey. The purpose of this survey was to learn more about the strategic motivators and environmental intentions of printers and their customers. We were looking for insights into sharing best practice, and had hoped to get a better idea of environmental awareness in the printing industry. We wanted to understand more about market drivers for printers and their customers.

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.

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