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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.

Ricoh awards sustainability prize

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

It’s surprising that there are so few sustainability prizes that award cash, but Ricoh is leading the way, especially in the USA. Cash prizes for sustainability are a brilliant tool for encouragement and for getting sustainability up the agenda, especially amongst the young. The Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA) has been awarded annually for the last fifteen years, and totals over $430,000 in scholarships for young people. As yet Ricoh makes no such investment into sustainability innovation in the graphics industry, but perhaps they might consider it for young people and for clever environmental impact mitigations in printing and publishing.

Danish printing company building a circular economy

Laurel-2018.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

There are signs that Circular Economy thinking is gaining traction in the printing business. Since 1997 KLS Pureprint has been striving to become the world’s greenest printing company, with a sustainability ethic based on circular thinking for technology and biology. This strategy has been in place since 1997 and KLS Pureprint is still in business. Certifications to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and Nordic Swan have been part of the progress, and commercial objectives, rather than altruism are driving the strategy.

Offsetting carbon

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

For graphics businesses looking to satisfy their customers’ eco itches, try CarbonCo’s offsetting programme. This organisation works with the World Land Trust to provide money to buy and protect land vulnerable to deforestation. The World Land Trust has Sir David Attenborough as patron and this year celebrates its 30th birthday.

Composting plastic

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

We’ve come across a rising number of compostable alternatives to plastic of late. The ideas are heading in the right direction, but there needs to be a lot more thought put into how these materials are handled in the waste stream.

Plastics and the circular economy

Laurel-2018.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

By 2025 the European Union’s (EU) Circular Plastics Alliance expects ten million tonnes of plastic to be recycled every year. To achieve this goal the EU has obtained pledges from some of the world’s biggest print buyers including IKEA and Coca Cola. Longer term, all plastic packaging placed on the EU market will have to be either reusable or fully recyclable.

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