Earth Day 2022 – print industry initiatives that are helping the planet 

cardboard box with recycling signs on the side of it

Since its first event back in 1970, Earth Day’s mission has been to unite people all around the world to drive positive action for our planet.  

On this Earth Day, we are highlighting just some of the initiatives the print industry has developed to lessen its environmental impact and we are excited to see how it will continue to respond in the years ahead. 

Recycled paper

In the UK, we use over 9.9 million tonnes of paper each year and we recycle around 80%. It’s no wonder that nowadays many companies are offering ranges of 100% recycled stock allowing clients to choose a more environmentally friendly option for their print job. Simply swapping to recycled paper helps to cut down on water, energy, and carbon emissions. Look out for those materials that are FSC certified to know that your product has been sourced from responsible and well-managed forests.  

Paper can be used for a multitude of things, not just for printing, as demonstrated by Sabert who has come up with a range of cutlery made from recycled paper. It’s fully recyclable and a great practical alternative to single-use plastic cutlery. 

Vegetable-based inks

Thanks to new technologies, there are now plenty of options to use soy and vegetable-based inks as an alternative to traditional mineral inks. These can be broken down more easily and release far less harmful chemicals into the environment, making them a positive choice and one that doesn’t compromise on print quality.

With cutting edge ink technology, our friends over at Solopress are committed to using only eco ink on all of their printed materials, as well as investing in carbon offsetting to contribute to environmental projects that reduce pollution.  

Responsible packaging

Packaging is essential in the supply chain but can often come in excess or be reliant on materials that are single use. There are now various greener options being used, including paper tape and boxes that don’t require glue. Simply reducing the amount of plastic used and replacing materials with renewable options, like paper and cardboard, can make a big difference. 

Innovation doesn’t stop at paper and cardboard. Mondi and Thimonnier have developed a recyclable and leak-proof material that can be used for liquid soap refills, helping to make tried and tested alternatives to the traditionally used PVC.

Earth Day is on the 22nd April 2022. Find out how you can get involved

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