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Regulation Stepping Up

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   On the 3rd March the European Timber Regulations (EUTR) come into force. EUTR will effect paper providers worldwide, because placing illegal timber or timber products into European Union markets will be a criminal offence. Any organisation that might be affected by the EUTR must put in place procedures that ...

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The Mobile Opportunity for Print

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   The volume of data sent over phone networks is set to overtake the volume of voice within the next few years. This could have significant implications for mobile printing applications. GSMA, the association for the mobile industry, make their prediction based on the huge numbers of mobile devices sold ...

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Print on Demand an Expanding Model That’s Good for Green

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   One of the biggest arguments for digital print over its offset equivalents is that digital print can be produced on demand in exceedingly short runs. This saves waste and improves the economics of what makes for cost effective printing. With a fleet of distributed digital presses we can print ...

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APP to Halt Clearing of Indonesian Tropical Forests (Again)

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   Greenpeace once accused Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) of “pulping the planet” because of APP’s wanton destruction of Indonesian rain forests. But after years of pressure from numerous NGOs including Greenpeace and WWF, things may finally be changing for the better. In June 2012 in response to customer pressure, ...

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Still a Steep Hill to Climb

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   Ricoh has recently published the results of a short survey it conducted at EcoPrint last year in Berlin. This wasn’t a particularly long or detailed project but it provides an interesting snapshot of where we are with sustainability awareness. The respondents were Ricoh customers in 24 countries Europe and ...

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The Eco-nomics of Print

      Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   There were two very clear themes in the sustainability session at the recent FESPA Global Summit. The most important of these is that environmental sustainability goes hand in hand with business efficiency. Within the Verdigris community we have all known this for some time, so it was great to hear that ...

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Getting the Go Google-less Message

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   We have had an absolute torrent of response to the Go Google-less idea. The request to the industry to switch search engines from Google to something else has been amazing. The idea was to put pressure on Google in the hope of getting them to reconsider the Paperless 2013 ...

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The Idiocy of the Paperless 2013 Campaign

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Greenwashing is bad enough but deliberately attempting to hijack sustainability awareness is downright poisonous. A group of corporations with Google at their head has set up a really stupid campaign. Using an environmental agenda the group is cloaking its need to up revenues through digital process management. They are campaigning ...

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The European Union’s Eco-Label

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   Regulation, rules and compliance requirements are increasingly tangling businesses up in red tape, despite the efforts of politicians. The latest option for the printing industry to consider is the EU Eco-label, which was launched in August 2012. Thanks to the efforts of Intergraf, the European association of printing industry ...

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What Happened in Doha?

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   With Kyoto about to expire and the main outcomes of Copenhagen withering, hopes were high for the recently-concluded Doha round of climate change talks. And there were some exciting outcomes. The big news is the “loss and damage” agreement for countries suffering as a result of climate change. They ...

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