Our print plant was awarded the ISO 14001 Environment
Management Systems Award in 2003 — one of the first in the UK to be
accredited in such a way.
All of our inks are based on clean vegetable
oil and supplied in environmentally responsible packaging. On-site mixing
technology means the amount of wasted ink after any given job is close to
All of our paper is sourced from European Union
forests where more trees are planted than felled each year. This
paper is processed using ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) production systems.
One area of our business which often causes
surprise amongst our customers is our refusal to offer recycled paper as
a print option. That is because using recycled paper for high-quality commercial
print makes absolutely no sense at all.
Naturally, reusing paper to make low-grade
newsprint or packaging materials is environmentally sound. But trying to
clean 'dirty paper' back into pristine white sheets, with the associated
consumption of energy, water and potentially toxic chemicals, is nothing
more than hype pedalled by marketeers rather than people with a real interest
in minimising environmental impact.
Our print plant recently underwent a top to
bottom review by the Carbon Trust, resulting in a number of new energy saving
solutions including lights which switch themselves off when the sun shines,
to motors on our printing presses which run up to 70% more efficiently.
After successful trials last year our plant
is expanding its rooftop solar panel array to further cut its dependence
on mains supplied electricity. We now have one of the largest solar arrays
in Europe which will be enlarged further thanks to our expansion into
our new facility.
If you would like any more information on any
of our environmental initiatives, please contact