Print sustainability – A Solution for an Eco-Friendly future

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Firstly, what is Print Sustainability?

In the modern world, it’s necessary for businesses to have a conscience: an environmental conscience.

The topic of climate change is front and centre. Constant media covers everything from international initiatives like COP26, to domestic eco-warrior activists gluing themselves to motorways. We are told to recycle, up-cycle, cycle to work… and businesses are keen to flex their eco-friendly credentials. After all, people like to do business with responsible businesses.

Fortunately, sustainable printing practices mean that you can increase your reach, while reducing your carbon footprint.

Our printing process keeps Galloways carbon balanced. That means that we recognise the importance of our environmental responsibilities and continually seek to improve its environmental performance and minimise any negative impact. Our paper, packaging and promotional material used in the print process meet the environmental specifications for our carbon neutral clients.

Our World Land Trust Carbon Balanced Certification is just one part of our strategy to reduce our environmental impact. We strive to continue to invest and innovate to ensure we offer our customers and the planet the most sustainable solutions possible.

Sustainable printing reduces both your carbon, and your overall environmental impacts, by providing sustainable paper solutions, reducing waste, and recycling at every possible opportunity.

How to Print Sustainable

In the printing industry, we are fortunate to be working with one of the few, truly sustainable natural products on this earth – paper. Paper is made from trees, using wood pulp. The lungs of the world play an indispensable role in climate and biodiversity protection. It is also one of the most recycled products in the world. If wood harvesting, pulp, and paper production is done responsibly, then it’s sustainable.

Advances in technology mean that not only are the printing methods ultra-eco, they’re ultra-high quality. By continually investing in our processes and products, we are able to offer the most sustainable printing solutions to our clients.

What type of printing is the most sustainable?

With so many green printing options available, it can be confusing to know which type of printing is the most sustainable. Let us explain a little more about what’s on offer.

Digital Printing

This plate-less printing method reduces ink waste significantly over traditional plate-printing. It is also very versatile, so it’s perfect for single copies, but also capable of large-scale print jobs. It’s one of the quickest and most cost-effective printing methods around.

Carbon Balanced Printing

Paper is one of the most sustainable printing options. Paper will remain sustainable if the carbon emissions are offset. We do this, supported by the global conservation charity World Land Trust. Look for the logo, and love the results.

Uncoated Paper

Increasingly popular, uncoated paper is highly fibrous, and easy to recycle. Not only that, it feels lighter and more natural than coated paper, and still boasts impressive results.

Printing Myths and Facts

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so we wanted to take a moment to explain a few things. Here’s what the printing and paper industry has to offer.

Paper making is responsible for deforestation

Actually, the main causes of deforestation across the world are urbanisation, agriculture, and large-scale development projects. That isn’t to say trees aren’t cut down to make paper, of course they are, but organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international multi-stakeholder organisation that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests, mean that trees harvested for paper are replaced with new trees, for a sustainable paper future.

We can keep recycling paper, over and over (and over)

The number of times you can recycle paper depends largely on its quality. Each time paper passes through the recycling process, its fibres get shorter. A maximum of seven times is the limit for recycling paper back into paper. Don’t worry! Un-recyclable paper can make paper paste. This eco-friendly biproduct can make newspapers and egg cartons.

Fresh wood pulp is essential to keep the recycling process going. Fortunately, that very demand is driving the sustainability wheel, with new trees planted for future generations, for every one removed for ours.

Go paperless – save trees

It’s important to drive down waste. At Galloways, we make sure our carbon emissions are down. We can offer high-quality printing from a single copy. However, while paper can be harvested sustainably, and recycled after use, electrical waste is quickly becoming one of the fastest waste growth streams worldwide, and that’s without taking into consideration the unsustainable rare earth minerals that are harvested for technology. So going paperless and using technology may seem the environmentally friendly thing to do, but only paper can be fully – and responsibly – recycled.

Socially Responsible Printing

At Galloways, we recognise the importance of our environmental responsibilities, and continually seek to improve our environmental performance, minimising any negative impact.

We’re proud of our state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, eco-friendly printing machinery, and the comprehensive waste management procedures across our business that drive down waste and increase recycling. We have carbon balanced (offset) the equivalent of 207 tonnes of CO2. This will enable World Land Trust to protect and restore 39,537m2 of threatened tropical habitat.

We’re a low energy consumption company. We support the use of Carbon Balanced Paper in our supply chain. That means our customers are playing their part to help combat global warming, and with 66% of global consumers saying they are willing to pay more for sustainable brands*, that’s good for business.


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