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Environmental Labels for Printers and Publishers

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner One of the benefits of implementing an ISO standard or going for an environmental label is the management and process discipline it imposes. This may seem obvious, but labels and standards can be a useful tool for helping companies improve environmental management. In doing so, they often improve the business’s overall performance. The ...

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Prince Charles and Abating Climate Change

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner When you ask people if they think it’s important to tackle climate change, most agree that it is. If you then ask them who should be responsible for fixing our environmental mess, you can expect a general railing against big business in league with evil politicians who care only about staying in power. ...

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Going Round in Circles

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner The Greek government’s antics and dissemblings to the upper echelons of the European Commission have been astonishing. They’ve been played out on a public stage that one way or another has involved everyone. But life goes on beyond the bounds of Greek high drama, even for the European Union (EU). The new circular ...

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Is Interest in Carbon Footprinting Stalled?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner A couple of years ago carbon footprinting was high on the agenda for all industries. People worked feverishly to develop standards to support it, even in the printing industry which has a standard dedicated to calculating the carbon footprint of print media. ISO 16759 was published a couple of years ago since when ...

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Water Water Everywhere

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Many printing companies around the world have rainwater capture systems which they use to water their shrubberies and lawns, or for flushing toilets. Not many of them see making their car parks and loading bays look pretty as being of benefit to the wider community. However they might want to take a closer ...

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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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