- Posted by admin@wigston
- On 7th March 2018
Paper and print media takes a lot of flak in the press about sustainability and recyclability. However, with the recent spotlight on plastics and plastic packaging, could paper be the solution after all? With new innovations and invention using paper and paper based products, can we reduce the amount of plastics we use as consumers and will this be the boom we are all looking for in the industry? When it comes to recycling waste within our own print organisations, what are the ways we can improve? Here’s our pick of the best recent articles discussing paper and the environment with the aim of shedding some light on the subject.
1) What Printers Can do to Recycle Waste
Printweek’s Rachel England discusses the various ways in which printers can recycle waste including inks and solvents. The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. Read more here…
2) Plastic V Paper Packaging
The Verdigris project is an industry initiative intended to raise awareness of print’s positive environmental impact. This weekly commentary helps printing companies keep up to date with environmental standards, and how environmentally friendly business management can help improve their bottom lines. This article details why sustainable print is in the hands of publishers and therefore they have a responsibility to print with the environment in mind. Read more here…
3) Protecting Papers’ Reputation
A great article by Genevieve Lewis at Print Monthly who runs through the latest report from Two Sides on the impact of the printing industry on trees. Many people believe that the paper industry destroys thousands of trees every year, and that these trees are not replaced. Trees are crucial for the air we breathe, and have inhabited the Earth for millions of years. It is true—large areas of the planet are deforested, and areas the size of multiple football pitches are destroyed. However, what many people do not know is that most of these trees are replanted. Read more here..
4) Two Sides Anti-Greenwash Success
Another great article stemming from the people at Two Sides, detailing their work in holding corporates to account when they make claims that reducing paper usage reduces their carbon footprint. Read more here…
5) Can Paper replace Fantastic Plastic
Rachel England discusses the latest news on plastics and paper alternatives and the Smithers Pira report on paper and paper packaging. Thanks to China’s ban on waste imports, Theresa May’s environmental action plan and, perhaps most influential of all, the depiction of humanity’s devastating impact on sea life in BBC series Blue Planet, plastic has regained its position as public enemy number one. Our consumption of the material is prominently unsustainable, and all eyes are on the industry to find a feasible alternative. Paper coatings could be the answer. Read more here…