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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.

Product Environmental Footprint from the European Commission

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The European Commission is forging ahead with its plans to develop its own Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Corporate Environmental Footprint (CEF) rules. This must be costing taxpayers a bomb, but it’s proceeding even though the need is questionable. The EU is ignoring existing and proven specifications such as PAS 2050 and ISO TS 14067 for product carbon footprinting and of course ISO 16759, which is carbon footprinting specific to print media. The EU’s also ignoring its own EcoLabel, which like the PEF and CEF is more a guideline than a formal regulatory requirement.

Supply Chain Management Made Easy

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The printing and publishing industries have been pretty immune to consultants and their management buzzwords. But maybe it’s time to put the scepticism aside as there’s a lot they can offer, especially for managing environmental impact. Coming slowly into favour are the principles of supply chain management which are gradually seeping their way into the graphic arts.

Books on the Rise

medium_Laurel.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Books are surely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether its shopping for them, sending them to people as presents, looking at them on the shelves, or even just reading them. The yumminess of a well-produced book may be why the number of people in the US who read a book last year, rose by four percent. For a country of over 316 million people, this is not small cheese, especially given how often the printed book death knell gets so loudly tolled.

The UN’s Corporate Sustainability Report 2013

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Nearly 8,000 small, medium and large companies, including printers and publishers from 140 countries have signed up to the UN’s Global Compact, ten principles which cover human rights, labour, anticorruption and of course the environment. Principle 7 says that businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; principle 8 says they should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and principle 9 says they should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. The UN published a sort of progress report earlier this year.

Slowly Garrotted with Red Tape

medium_Laurel_2012.jpegThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Industry everywhere suffers from bureaucracy intended to make life safer, less corrupt and more fair and efficient. The graphic arts industry is not alone in having to cope with excessive, unproductive yet necessary administration and regulatory compliance. In several regions around the world the printing industry must comply with some pretty hefty rules. Some of these, such as chemicals management and disposal are important and valuable, but others, such as guidance documents relating to new laws take much time without necessarily delivering tangible benefits to the business.

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