The Verdigris Blog by Laurel Brunner

This article was produced by the Verdigris project, an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. This weekly commentary helps printing companies keep up to date with environmental standards, and how environmentally friendly business management can help improve their bottom lines. Verdigris is supported by the following companies: Agfa Graphics, EFI, Fespa, Fujifilm, HP, Kodak, Miraclon, Ricoh, Spindrift, Splash PR, Unity Publishing and Xeikon.

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Sustainable from the ground up

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New builds are a great opportunity to cut carbon footprints and facilities running costs. In the UK, Fujifilm has recently opened Fujifilm House its new UK headquarters. Built with sustainability in mind the facility has received formal certification using the Built Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). This is a certification method developed by the Built Research Establishment, an organisation that has been around for over 100 years. Today it is in the sustainability data business and provides validations and certifications to an international customer base.

Packaging made from seaweed

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If its inventors really want attention, Notpla needs a better name for its amazing product. The company has developed an innovative biodegradeable and edible packaging material, based on brown seaweed. The material is being sold as an alternative to plastics, either as a coating for food packaging or as Ooho. Ooho, another name worthy of reconsideration, is an edible bubble that can replace single use packaging for liquids. Interestingly Notpla is selling its materials as finished packages from its website, along with a range of Notpla papers.

Kornit’s 2021 Impact Report for Environmental, Social and Corporate (ESG) governance

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Kornit, developers and manufacturers of digital printing systems for textiles, has released its 62 page 2021 Impact Report for its Environmental, Social and Corporate (ESG) governance. This laudable effort with its declaration of sustainability objectives, puts the company in the vanguard of graphics industry suppliers.

1st April, 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced reversal of UK’s Brexit, following revelations of massive referendum vote hacking. British intelligence working with counterparts in Estonia, Ukraine and Poland have uncovered evidence that votes in the 2016 Brexit referendum converted Remain votes to Leave votes. The hack, code named Project Tonsils, was discovered on the day of the vote. But the discovery came too late to halt a mass of false votes being cast and counted.

Why you need a sustainability officer

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We’ve got CEOs, CTOs, CMOs, CFOs and CPOs so why are there so few CSOs in printing and publishing? Chief Sustainability Officers, tasked with managing sustainability of a company, have an extensive and interesting job description. On the one hand you’d think they just worry about the environmental dimension of a company. But their responsibilities may also extend to the overall health of the business, and of ensuring its sustainable future. Which one takes priority and by how big a margin, depends on the starting point.