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Ignorance and Bamboo

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner It’s not unusual to encounter examples of environmental ignorance or to hear alarming comments from people who should know better. We experienced both in a recent meeting whilst discussing the need for environmental standards in the graphics industry. We were told in no uncertain terms that environmental science is really very simple. We ...

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250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Wow. Hard to get the noggin around the fact that this is the 250th Verdigris environmental blog we’ve written. Over the last five years or so we have covered all manner of environmental matters relevant to the graphics industry. But has it made any difference to the market’s sustainability awareness? It’s no more ...

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The Snap, Crackle and Pop of Flexible Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner It is one of the most useful and yet annoying forms of packaging we have. Its useful because it works with all sorts of content types, from clothing to soup. But it’s annoying because most people are confused as to whether a particular piece of flexible plastic packaging can be recycled or not. ...

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Case Getting Louder for ISO 21331

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner We’ve recently been working a lot on ISO 21331, the international standard for assessing the potential deinkability of print. This document is one of several standards under development within ISO to improve the environmental impact and accountability of graphics technology and print. The idea behind ISO 21331 is really very simple. This short ...

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Digital Printing for Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner The job of a package is manifold and yet very simple. A package must protect contents from damage, and provide a barrier between what’s inside and what’s not inside. The contents must stay in the package at all costs and must not become corrupted or otherwise spoiled within it. Ideally the package should ...

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PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Next month CeBit opens its doors in Hannover to an international audience of tech nerds and their followers. Japan will have a big presence at CeBit, showcasing itself as a driving force in the digital transformation. The star attraction for the graphics industry will be PaperLab, Epson’s paper recycling system currently positioned for ...

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Prizes for Best Behaviour

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Green prizes are an excellent way to encourage improved environmental habits, but in the graphics business we aren’t exactly awash with them. That may be because sponsors find it hard to specify award winning criteria. Or it may be because not enough companies can be bothered to submit entries. Either way the upshot ...

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Good enough to eat?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner According to the European Union over fifty percent of all goods in Europe are packaged with plastic. This amounts to 39% of the 57 million tonnes of plastics produced in Europe every year and works out at around 30 kg per person per year. Worldwide the numbers are even worse in economic and ...

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Packaging Technology Cuts Emissions

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner That headline might suggest some major advance in printing methods, or perhaps some clever new substrates. But in fact the way packaging technology can reduce emissions is by taking a machete to waste volumes. There is a lot that can be done in the supply chain to cut waste, and this is where ...

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Lean & Green Leaders

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner With astonishing speed, Ricoh has gone from new entrant to market leader in many areas of the graphics business. It saw a three-fold increase in printing systems turnover between 2003 and 2013, and is the first digital press company to achieve certification to ISO 12647-2, the reference standard for colour quality. The company ...

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