Green Policy

Clean environment policy

greenWe care about the environment. And we want to give you products that have been developed in environmentally friendly processes at each phase of the production. For this purpose we have a clean environment policy for all in-house and outsourced work and materials. The aim of our policy is to ensure that in all our business activities we act in an environmentally responsible manner and comply with environmental legislation.

Our tasks

Our policy defines the following tasks:

– Identify and manage environmental risks.

– Pursue environment-friendly opportunities in the print market.

– Continually improve through documented objectives and targets for reducing waste and preventing pollution.

– Reduce the consumption of energy and other consumable products such as paper, ink, plastic, cardboard and other material used for packaging.

Implementation of this policy through these tasks is a process of continuous improvement. Our environmental tasks and targets are reviewed annually, monitored and measured where practical to ensure we achieve our aim. We also expect our suppliers to be efficient in their use of energy and protect the environment, recycle where possible and safely dispose of all potentially dangerous items.

Suppliers should of course meet the legislative requirements of the jurisdictions in which they are located, but we like them to do more. We make sure that our suppliers and their staff are sufficiently trained and educated.

Below we explain our policy in more detail.

Environmental risk management

We seek to consider environmental risks in all our business activities. A failure to properly identify, manage or control environmental risks can lead to financial losses and damage our reputation. Therefore, risks are monitored continually.

We seek to avoid relationships with other parties if there are material environmental risks that cannot be properly assessed or where, in our opinion, the other party is not addressing environmental issues in an appropriate and responsible manner.

Environmental market opportunities

We seek to pursue opportunities in the print market for environment-friendly products and services.

In-house ecology

We are committed to providing an environmentally safe work place to our staff. We seek ways to reduce our direct environmental impact on air, soil and water from in-house operations. The major areas where we have a direct impact are, in order of importance, energy consumption, business travel, paper consumption, and waste.

We seek to assess the environmental impact of our suppliers’ products and services, and to engage with them whenever necessary to limit environmental risks.

All our waste materials of paper base and plastics are sorted and disposed of by recycling where possible. Recyclable cartons used in packaging and cartons are re-used if possible. Non-usable cartons are packed for recycling. Toner cartridges and film are sent to recycling companies.

Environmental management system

We ensure efficient implementation of our policy through a management system, which adheres to the relevant environmental regulations, for achieving self-defined environmental objectives, and for maintaining continuous improvement of our environmental performance. Our management system is structured in a cycle, consisting of planning, implementation, controlling and review, including corrective actions.

Training and communication

Environmental awareness and expertise play an important role in implementing our policy. We therefore invest in know-how and integrate environmental considerations into internal communications and training.

Supplier management

External manufacturers are monitored through questionnaires that cover the following points of environment-friendly procedures:

– Ink use (vegetable)

– Solvents (biodegradable)

– Disposal of chemicals

– Paper waste

– Waste water

– Chemical storage

– Shrink wrapping

– Cartons (recyclable)

– Printing plates

We prefer working with suppliers who show a clear understanding of our clean environment policy and reflect it in their activity.

We also focus on the potential environmental impact of a supplier’s choice in raw materials. We encourage the use of renewable vegetable-based ink in the printing process rather than traditional printing ink made with petroleum oil, which contributes to growing greenhouse gas emissions. Where possible we encourage suppliers to purchase papers that have post-consumer recycled content, are processed chlorine free and have an environmental management system accreditation (we encourage our clients to choose sustainable papers where possible).

We expect suppliers to have waste management systems in place in all their manufacturing operations. The most common waste streams and treatments are:

– Paper – recycled

– Plates – recycled

– Ink cartridges – recycled

– Waste solvents and wash-up rags – compliant EPA (or other authority) disposal

– Water – trade waste with relevant authority consents

– Plate processing chemistry – in-line recycling units and compliant EPA (or other authority) disposal