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Photosynthesis & Bio Batteries

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   For most of us, the idea of using paper for energy is limited to throwing it on the fire and enjoying the warmth. However scientists at Sony Japan are working on a far more interesting development. They have come up with a battery powered by waste paper. Sony’s bio ...

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A New Green Print Certification

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   We recently came across a new take on the idea of certified green products. As a rule of thumb we generally don’t go for self-certification, but we make exceptions for ideas that help drive home the importance of environmental impact reduction. Idea Print, a printer in Russia, is providing ...

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ISO 16759 Racing Into the Final Furlong

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   The news that ISO16759 (calculating the carbon footprint of print media) is galloping towards its final furlong prior to publication has caused a flurry of interest. We have recently been contacted by a number of European companies interested to be certified for compliance to this standard. Certification is at ...

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Slow & Steady Making Progress

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   Since we started the Verdigris project in 2008, obviously much is different in the printing industry. Five years of economic mess and confusion have forced change on all of us. One of the apparent casualties of the rubbish commercial environment has been environmental impact reduction initiatives. However all is ...

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eBay Questions the Effectiveness of Digital Advertising

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   Printed advertising has been the traditional bedrock of the publishing industry. Without it newspapers and magazines cannot exist, hence the carnage inflicted on those sectors since the advent of internet advertising. However a recent study by eBay* questions the value of Search Engine Marketing (SEM), suggesting that print is ...

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Print to Store

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   We need to change our thinking about print. Yes, it is sustainable, yes it is lovely and yes it is good for the planet. None of this has to change. What has to change is our view of print’s purpose. Most of us tend to think of it as ...

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A Supply Chain Problem Taxing Our Brains

      The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner   A printing company that wants to improve its environmental footprint can do a lot on their own, but increasingly they want to work with suppliers such as Xeikon or Agfa and others, who are also doing their bit. And so it goes up and down the supply chain, with ...

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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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