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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.

Gathering Carbon Footprint Data

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

At HP’s recent pre-drupa press conference in Israel a colleague asked how we can trust the accuracy of carbon footprint calculations. We were discussing HP’s commitment to doing full Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) for its Indigo digital presses, so that the associated CO2 can be offset. How far can you trust the numbers? Where does a company start with its CO2 calculations?

Partners in Sustainability

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

If you are serious about improving your environmental impact, partnership may be the way to go. It can even have additional unexpected benefits for your business, unrelated to the main project. Partnering works not just between developers, but also across the developer/customer divide. Toray and Seacourt Printing, a UK printing company, have been working together on a new printing system to reduce Seacourt’s environmental impact.

Digital Press Energy Usage Standard

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

ISO TC130 WG11, the committee and working group responsible for the environmental impact of print, want your help. We are working on a new standard for measuring the amount of energy a digital press uses. This document is an important and necessary companion to ISO 16759, which outlines how to calculate the carbon footprint of print media.

Curious Sustainability Messaging

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

At a recent drupa press event previewing new announcements for the show, the sustainability messaging was curious. Messe Düsseldorf, the exhibition’s organisers, failed to mention the environment in their opening remarks, deferring instead to the exhibitors. Fortunately the exhibitors participating in the press conference had a lot so say, rather putting Messe Düsseldorf to shame. For those of us keen on managing, improving and promoting the positive environmental impact of print, the star of drupa 2016 will most likely be a truly astonishing Epson technology.

Pushing Forward for Print’s Circular Economy

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Maintaining momentum for any project is a lot of the battle for success. And the bolder the idea, the harder it gets to keep the energy coming. It’s hard with lofty ideas such as the Circular Economy, which aims to reshape business models so that we stop trashing resources and start using them more cleverly.

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