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ImageWelcome to Verdigris. This site provides information about environmental initiatives for the international printing community. It has a range of articles and reference links for printers, publishers, technology providers and anyone else who’s interested.

Articles cover all sorts of topics from explaining the basics of carbon footprinting for printers, to describing how individual printing companies are doing their bit to minimise their impact on the envrionment. This is an educational site that includes reference material and links to industry associations and environmental organisations around the world.

What Do Downton Abbey and the Cloud Have in Common?

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Computing used to be something we all paid attention to and mostly understood. We knew what processor powered a Mac or a PC or a server, and we completely got the difference between Ethernet and IBM’s Token Ring for instance. It was long ago, but in years gone by understanding the network and computing platform was vital for efficient prepress. It was part of how we improved processes and kept costs down, and because it was part of a rolling investment it was an important contributor to improving print’s environmental impact.

Modo Fac (Just Do It!)

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Environmental stewardship sounds impressive. It comes down to the basics of managing the business with a view to waste and cost control and environmental impact. There are loads of printing and publishing companies around the world positioning themselves in this way; sometimes they live up to the images they want to project, and sometimes they don’t. That matters less than the fact that they are trying to improve their environmental engagement in the first place.

Prog Rocks!

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

In most progressive rock music, movement through its sound doesn’t necessarily happen smoothly or obviously. Often it is made in unexpected and unanticipated ways, which is the way of progress in most situations. Progress happens with little steps. We recently came across a lovely example of how it works in the real world of printing and publishing, in the Life and Ecoedicion office of the regional Ministry of the Environment for Andalucia in Spain. This is a local government office that wants to provide an example of green procurement and services. The office has set up a project to improve publishing and production processes and goods procurement, so that they are more environmentally friendly.

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Electronic Media

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Does this sound like an impossible task? Of course it does, but it has to be done if the media industry wants to be able to benchmark and monitor its carbon footprint. We have managed to develop an ISO standard for calculating the carbon footprint of print media (ISO 16759), so now all eyes are on electronic media.

Something Rotten in the Compost Bin

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

For people who are obsessive recyclers and composters, it’s very annoying when organic matter refuses to cooperate. Instead of rotting quietly away in the depths of the bin, things like avocado skins and lemons just sit there, defiant and unchanging. No matter how long you leave them, they just don’t biodegrade. Almost as annoying are the labels applied to fruit and vegetables, which generally do not rot down with the rest of the peels. If they’re stuck on an orange or an avocado skin they burn well enough. But if they are on the skin of something that otherwise does biodegrade, such as a banana or pear, the labels can accumulate. For people with a penchant for compost and who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, this is very frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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