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How to choose a GREEN PRINTER in Sussex - Part 3: The Environment
Printing is estimated to be the 4th most polluting industry in the UK. This is mostly due to high energy and chemical use, and associated waste.
In this series of blogs, we review what makes a truly green printer and how you can recognize one in order to commission them for your next print job.
Part 1 reviews the use of vegetable inks by green printers, Part 2 reviews their use of FSC certified and recycled papers, and here in Part 3 you can learn about the essential accreditations that truly green printers will have and display.
Please be aware that when it comes to choosing a green printer, it isn’t all about recycled paper, there is much more involved in order to ensure maximum sustainability and environmental protection.
C Level Accreditation – what does it really mean?
Try to choose a printer which has a C Level Accreditation. C Level is an organisation established to help people understand and engage with global climate change.
Accreditations are often founded on three steps:
- UNDERSTAND – carbon emissions from all activities including power use, water waste, paper waste, printing inks and transport
Free waste audits and advice are readily available via Envirowise and other companies, so there are no excuses for a company not to do this!
10 per cent of the UK’s VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are believed to emanate from the printing industry. VOCs are colourless, odourless gases that are harmful to the environment, contributing to global warming and the production of ozone, as well as being hazardous to pressroom workers. More here.
- REDUCE – carbon footprint by adopting the most efficient working practices and reducing energy usage and wastage
- COMPENSATE – for carbon emissions by investment in reforestation and energy projects
ISO 14001 and ISO 9001/2000 Accreditations – What do they represent in actual terms?
ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for the environmental management of businesses. It prescribes controls for those activities that have an effect on the environment. In other words, it demands environmental awareness and improvement on an ongoing basis from the printer holding the accreditation.
ISO 9001/2000 requires organisations to prove that they consistently provide products that meet both customer and regulatory standards, and that they also have processes to provide consistent improvements.
Be aware of companies that claim to be ‘green’ but who don’t hold these accreditations.