How do printers protect the planet?

Environmental Impact

Waste disposal- When asked about waste materials and what is done with them, the truth is that the print industry is now doing a very good job in recycling. Influenced by the obvious benefits, and with landfill taxes being so high, it is actually far more cost effective for printers to recycle.

Print- Specific waste management company J&G Environmental has seen a “dramatic” increase in the number of waste streams being recycled. 20 years ago J&G was collecting and recycling less than 10 print industry by-products, mainly aluminium plates, fixer and used film. 10 years ago the figure had risen to about 20. Now some 180 different waste streams are being collected with 95% being recycled.

Recycling-As shown by the steadily multiplying plastic recycling boxes on your doorstop, most councils are now pretty motivated to recycle too. 8.7m tonnes of household waste were collected in 2008 – that alone saved the same amount of CO2 that would be generated by nearly a million return flights from London to Sydney.

Deforestation- Many believe that by working with the printing industry they are contributing the worrying depletion of rainforests via deforestation. However paper is not made from rainforest trees. In fact 82.7% of the pulp used in the UK comes from Europe, in which forests have grown by over 30% since 1950 according UN FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment.

To find out more about getting your printing done in an eco friendly manner, contact Omniprint today on 01858 462152.

Print or Digital: The Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact

Did you know that if you read less than 100 books on your e-reader before purchasing a new one, or if you read the news for over 10 minutes on your iPad a day, you are having a substantially larger impact on the environment than if you were reading from the printed page? the library in the e-book concept with text pages flying out of

For the majority of people in the UK, media consumption has become completely digital, whether it is listening to music, reading the news or a book, or watching a film. This digitisation has been claimed as an important step in creating a more ecologically aware and sustainable world.  However, research into this claim has shown varied results…

A Swedish study looking into those reading the daily news in print, on a computer and on an e-reader examined the environmental impact of each. The study found that if you spend over 30 minutes a day reading the news, the print edition creates the lowest environmental impact, at 28 kilograms of cO2 per year per person, compared to 35 kg per person reading online.

A further analysis of print vs digital shows that the materials used to make a single e-reader are equal to making 40-50 books. This means that if you read 100 books on your e-reader before upgrading, the effect on the environment is no different to reading in print. However, if you upgrade before this, your carbon footprint increases.

To find out more about how Omniprint can ensure that your printing has the lowest carbon footprint possible, call us today on 01858 462152.