Reducing The Environmental Impact of Print

The UK paper and print industry is the fifth largest in the world. 

There are over 6,000 printing companies in the UK, but very few have taken voluntary steps to lessen their environmental impact. Reducing the environmental effect of a business is not just a matter of using recycled paper, there are many other factors involved. The demand for carbon offsetting is rising steadily and printing has a huge impact on the environment and we as consumers, designers, and marketers are in a position to do something about it.

Here at Far’n’Beyond we are always determined to select products that are environmentally friendly and have conservational rewards. We recognise that traditional printing practices can act as a drain on natural resources and we have made a conscious effort to provide our customers with environmentally friendly printing and services. As well as getting involved in local carbon projects, recycling and using vegetable-based inks, we ensure that all employees understand, implement, maintain and improve the environmental objectives set by the company. All members of staff are encouraged to contribute to improving our environmental performance.

How we Minimise our Impact on the Environment

Solvent Free Inks & Water Based Coatings

As part of our on-going commitment to the environment, we use solvent free inks, which contain no VOC’s. Our inks are cartridge fed to ensure zero waste. All of our coatings are water-based & food approved. In addition, once the jobs are printed, the printing presses can be cleaned using a water-based cleaner as opposed to those which are high in solvents.

Recycling

All of our waste is recycled and our set up waste is less than 10% of a conventional printing press. Our batch printing methods enable us to spread the set up and production emissions over every job that is produced within that batch, therefore all the printing jobs produced are not entirely responsible for all of the CO2 created, unlike with most other conventional printing methods, where each job is produced on an ad-hoc basis and is entirely responsible for the emissions it creates. We have strived to reduce the inevitable waste involved in setting up our presses and we are continuously looking at ways to reduce this further.

Paperless Office

Over the past six years, we have been a paperless office – through our online order management system, Glide, which tracks all orders without the need for any paperwork. Our most recent implementation was to move on to online invoicing – reducing materials and paper waste internally.

FSC or PEFC Certified Sustainable Forest Paper

As is now the industry standard, all of our paper materials offered are FSC or PEFC approved, which means our clients can be assured that the paper they choose comes from a certified forest that’s managed like a crop, to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. The FSC and PEFC label guarantees that the trees that are harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally and parts of the forest are protected entirely, in order to protect rare animals and plants.

Our full supply chain has been built around reducing waste, utilising the most appropriate machinery and materials for each project and reducing the impact on the environment.

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