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Invisible Print is a Source of Environmental Impact Reduction

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner We recently learned all about auditing companies for their compliance to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and as part of the training we visited a large drinks maker in the UK for a trial audit. Britvic, based in East London, has been a publicly traded company since 2005 and has a declared public ...

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Building Margins

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner One of the things that standards compliance and process automation helps companies achieve is cost efficiency and improved margins. Too many business owners bleat about the cost of standards compliance or of workflow and process management technologies. The bleaters take what is really a very short term view, mostly based on ignorance. They ...

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Ecolabeling Schemes for Print

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner There are numerous ecolabeling schemes around but only a few, such as those in Scandinavia and Hong Kong, are specific to printed matter. Schemes like the European Ecolabel or the German Blue Angel are generic, rather than being specific to print. The benefit of having a dedicated ecolabeling scheme is that it can ...

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Wheels of ISO Grinding Slow

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner The work of ISO is often seen as being grindingly slow and not always effective. But that’s the way of consensus building. It takes time and it’s a process that allows documents to mature as they evolve, taking everyone’s input into account and ideally reflecting it in the work. Often the end result ...

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Planning, Doing, Checking and Acting on Sustainability

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner When it comes to commitment to the environment and sustainability in the graphic arts, Ricoh is a clear leader having been at it since the 1990s. The company’s belief is that “economic, social, and environmental issues are inseparable” according to its sustainability report for 2014. For a company with over 100,000 employees and ...

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Measuring Our Industry’s CO2 Emissions

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner According to the US Energy Information Administration the country’s energy related CO2 emissions are rising. So much for all that green-speak; more a bath than a wash. But it might not be as bad as it seems because increases of 2% to 3% are actually small relative to overall US growth which has ...

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LEDs the Cool Curing Alternative

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner There’s been much attention of late on the use of mercury arc lamps for curing applications in the printing industry. This technology is widely used however it has some serious drawbacks, not least the fact that it uses an awful lot of energy even when not actually curing anything. This means cost and ...

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Carbon Footprints a Lighter Tread

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner For many years the graphics industry has been doing its bit to minimise carbon footprints, mostly because cutting waste saves money and time. But whatever the motivation, together with other industries we may be helping to make a difference. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reckons that global efforts to mitigate climate change are ...

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Environmental Product Declarations & Print Media

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a quantification of something’s environmental impact. EPDs can be created for anything from home furnishings to newspapers. They provide all sorts of environmental data, from raw material impact through to emissions to water and waste generation. They are wonderful tools, but they are so very bound up ...

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Not Quite Hobson’s Choice

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Environmental management is something all businesses should bother with, but it’s such a wooly term. In a way it has to be vague because it means running your business to have the least negative environmental impact possible, and how do you define that? If you’re in the mining business your challenges will be ...

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