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For every roll of inkjet media you buy CMA imaging will plant/protect a tree in Peru as part ofthis little-known initiative.

Just over a year ago Ilford Imaging acquired CMA Graphix, a provider of colour management solutions and of inkjet papers across Europe and America. Following Ilford’s financial meltdown the company is again operating – as CMA Imaging – and as an independent business. And, in collaboration with Reforest’Action, it is pledging to plant/protect a tree in Peru for each roll of inkjet media sold.

Laurel brunner, md of consulting group digital dots, works with various ISO committees. One group is now looking into the deinking as a vital part of paper recycling. Can you help?

ISO 16759 for quantifying and communicating the carbon footprint of print media has been topping the charts for ISO TC 130 sales since publication last July. TC 130 is the technical committee for graphics technology standards and Working Group 11 writes standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology. This group is now looking at a new line of standardisation ideas - deinking - and would like your help.

The data is astounding: British businesses could save £23 billion a year and protect the environment at the same time by reducing energy and water consumption. Want to know more?
The Energy SavingTrust is continually striving to highlight the link between energy usage and monetary savings and show that being more energy efficient can improve the bottom line as well as help the environment. It’s a message we hear over and over, but with energy prices soaring it perhaps has more resonance now than it once had.

Is your print business set up to be part of a supply chain that demands environmental accountability?
If you are a print supplier to Midlands- based marketing solutions company Media Group then you will know of its demand that you evolve your environmental policies alongside its own. It’s a move that no doubt indicates a trend so it’s worth understanding why Media Group has invested the time and money in becoming the UK’s first carbon balanced business and how it expects
its sustainable development plans to impact upon its supply chain.

Environmental consultant Clare Taylor brings you up to speed on environmental standards, systems and schemes.

This year has seen a number of new environmental initiatives, as well as changes to familiar standards, systems and schemes. They affect a wide range of activities: clothing and textiles, paper and packaging, management systems and reporting. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

Steve Malkin is CEO of Planet First, which specialises in bringing sustainability to SMEs. He has partnered with the Eden Project to launch The Planet Mark Sustainability Certification for Business. 

Understanding sustainability is often referred to as the brick wall stopping people, and businesses, from starting to tackle the issue. It is possible that this wall is blocking further progress in the print industry, which has long known of the importance in being able to produce with the environment in mind. 

Should you be following Greenhouse Graphics’ lead and using customer call wait time to promote your products and values?

Sustainable print specialist Greenhouse Graphics has reinforced its forward-thinking business approach by implementing an innovative marketing campaign that exploits telephone hold time. The EMAS-accredited firm, which has recently diversified its print operations, will use the phone to keep customers up to speed with the changes and to promote its green strategy.

Little over a year ago this magazine ran an article entitled ‘EMAS. What’s that?’ Now the UK print industry is leading the way in its adoption. Here’s the lowdown.

Just over a year ago Image Reports ran a feature on the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and predicted a rise to prominence. Now the UK printing industry is leading the way with EMAS in the UK. By the end of 2013,approaching half of EMAS registered UK organisations will be in print. Hand-in-hand with this, EMAS is starting to appear on tender documents and in organisations print supplier requirements.

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