Articles

The following articles have been produced by the Verdigris Project. This material has been distributed to the Verdigris Publishing Network for use in their magazines and on their websites. This network includes approximately 30 titles throughout the world from Finland to Australia. If you would like to join the Verdigris Publishing Network (it’s free), please contact Laurel by going here and selecting "Verdigris Information".

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.

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.

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?

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.

Paper Tigers Hear Them Roar

ImageCan it really be true, as so many tree huggers believe, that pulp and paper production are major contributors to global warming?

At a UN conference in 1987, sustainability was defined as developments that “meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. This roughly means that we should look after the planet for our children, so in the context of media, is paper-based print really so terrible? There is so much misinformation buzzing around the wires that we thought it might be useful to find out just what the paper industry is doing to protect one of the planet’s most marvellous resources.

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