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PrintAndTheEnvironment

Print is good for the environment.

Print and the environment. Doesn’t exactly go hand in hand, does it? The world of print has forever been considered an enemy of all things green, and the trusty piece of paper has been viewed as a symbol of waste in the quest for companies to become eco-friendly. People couldn’t be more wrong.

What are we doing to help?

Initiatives are popping up from all angles to help educate us about how print can help in the fight against climate change. As far as Print on Paper is concerned, we’ve ensured that all of our paper stock is 100% recycled. Read below to see what steps some of our friends are taking.

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Arjowiggins

Our Paper Zines are printed on 100gsm Cyclus by Arjowiggins. Helpfully, they’ve created an Environmental Calculator, aimed at showing us how using their paper can affect our carbon footprint. For example, 1000 copies of our Paper Zines saves 15kg worth of landfill, 374 litres of water, 24kg of wood, 47 kWh of energy, 3kg of CO2 and greenhouse gases, and 36km of travel in the average European car. Pretty cool, to say the least.

“We are proud to have been at the forefront of innovation in this area,”

explains Operational Marketing Manager of Arjowiggins Graphic UK, Angela De Vorchik.

“We’re providing highly accurate, instant 3rd party-verified environmental data to support our customers choice of recycled paper.”

Pop your paper type in today and find out what difference you can make.

 

Two Sides

Our friends over at Two Sides came up with the indispensable Myths and Facts Booklet. Dispel the doomsayers and rid yourself of ridicule with this handy guide to green print.

Here is a taste of some of the myths they prove wrong:

Print on Paper spoke to Martyn Eustace, Managing Director of Two Sides:

“We’ve all seen messages from our banks, utility companies and other service providers along the lines of; “Go Green – Go Paperless” and “Help save a tree, choose e-billing”. But these messages are unsubstantiated, misleading and can have a lasting effect on people’s perceptions of paper. The print and paper industry is a world leader when it comes to sustainably-managed materials, renewable energy and recycling.”

“For example, did you know that European forests – where 85% of the virgin wood fibre used by the European paper industry comes from – have grown by an area the size of Switzerland over the past 10 years? Or that Europe recycles 72% of its paper – the highest in the world? The pulp and paper industry also happens to be the biggest single user and producer of renewable energy in the EU. Now surely that’s something we can all be proud of? Paper originates from a natural and renewable resource and, responsibly produced, used and recycled, can be the sustainable way to communicate.”

Download the Two Sides booklet today for an in-depth look at why print is the new face of all things carbon-neutral in 2017. Not only is print nowhere near as harmful for the environment as you may think, it actually does a whole lot of good.

 

What’s next?

Of course, to save the environment we can’t just aimlessly engage in a finger-pointing blame-game, but it’s good to identify which industries are and aren’t the worst offenders. Print, like everyone else, can always do more. But the work that Arjowiggins and Two Sides are doing to change the perception of the print industry is a fantastic place to start. Print isn’t dead. Neither is our planet.

 

Feeling inspired?

Whether it’s a Tabloid, Broadsheet, A4 Magazine, or Paper Zine, we’ve got something for you. With free delivery on all UK orders, why not give Print on Paper a go today? From desktop to doorstep, we’ve got you covered.

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