TAGGED: ENVIRONMENT

PR: the real lesson in Toshiba's No-Print Day

PR: the real lesson in Toshiba's No-Print DayFEATURE: The print industry's reaction to Toshiba's proposed National No-Print Day in October has been vehement and, probably, correct. But the sector itself has an important PR lesson to learn, James Matthews-Paul argues.

Print needs a single sustainable voice

OPINION: EcoPrint research shows that print, an introverted industry, needs to find a single sustainable voice. Marcus Timson gives his opinion on the statistics.

Why is corporate social responsibility high on the agenda? It's about conscience and accountability

Why is corporate social responsibility high on the agenda? It's about conscience and accountability

FEATURE: It's all to do with conscience and accountability. Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, is intended to make businesses think about their impact on their surrounds and, even, the world at large.

Why is corporate social responsibility high on the agenda? It's about securing business, and the future

FEATURE: This desire for a more harmonious relationship with nature is moving up the agenda for more people as they start to think about the world they are leaving behind for their children and grandchildren.

Creative destruction offers print an opportunity. Why? Because necessity is the mother of all invention

FEATURE: In this blog Marcus Timson suggests that 2011 was the year of austerity. But as we look ahead to 2012, are we ready for the era of sustainability?

Taking grey areas out of greener practices

Taking grey areas out of greener practices

FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul outlines some of the criteria which are being discussed in digital print circles.

Another green world for print

Another green world for print

FEATURE: I keep coming across print business owners who are shying away from green initiatives because they think environmental projects will cost them too much money. But the idea that green is expensive is a silly one.

Less is more: the shift to sustainability

FEATURE: Sustainability seems to provoke a strong reaction in the industry. EcoPrint's Marcus Timson looks at a significant market trend.

Green meanies: greenwashing in print

Green meanies: greenwashing in print

FEATURE: Promoting the industry's positive environmental impact and overall sustainability is dear, of course, to the hearts of anyone concerned with the long-term survival of print.

easyJet adds nano technology to plane branding

NEWS: UK airline easyJet has announced it its trialling a 'revolutionary' nano technology coating on the outside of its aeroplanes, designed to increase fuel efficiency, and therefore costs, by reducing drag.

POS waste: taming the elephant in the room

POS waste: taming the elephant in the room

OPINION: Sign and display printing certainly has its fair share of environmental issues, whether it be solvent inks, PVC substrates or a lack of recycling in the industry in general.

Environmental policies: could you clean up from your customers' dirty secrets?

Environmental policies: could you clean up from your customers' dirty secrets?

FEATURE: HP's Stephen Goddard discusses how the way that signs and displays are produced can make them a big brand's dirty secret.

Indonesian forestry organisation, IFCC, deemed fit for purpose by PEFC

Indonesian forestry organisation, IFCC, deemed fit for purpose by PEFC

NEWS: The PEFC has announced that it officially supports the IFCC's latest Sustainable Forest Certification management scheme.

Beyond the screen: VisibleArt adds digital to its textile production

Beyond the screen: VisibleArt adds digital to its textile production

FEATURE: Ben McCabe finds out how VisibleArt has added flexibility and improved its environmental impact by adding digital ink-jet to its textile production.

First solar-powered bus shelter trialled by Clear Channel UK

First solar-powered bus shelter trialled by Clear Channel UK

NEWS: Clear Channel has experimented with solar-powered advertising with the installation of a solar LED lighting kit from Zeta Specialist Lighting on a London bus stop.

Supply chain management made easy: the Verdigris blog

Supply chain management made easy: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Supply chain management is the next step for printers and publishers who want to improve environmental impact management says Laurel Brunner

Books on the rise: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner finds that the US still has one of the poorest records on waste management, and recycling paper, despite a rise in paper consumption.

Tramonto Antonio buys in on Avery Dennison waste disposal programme

Tramonto Antonio buys in on Avery Dennison waste disposal programme

NEWS: Italian waste management company Tramonto Antonio has joined the cohort of companies partnered with Avery Dennison to reduce waste deposited to landfill sites.

The UN's Corporate Sustainability Report 2013: the Verdigris blog

The UN's Corporate Sustainability Report 2013: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The UN says that companies are taking environmental responsibility seriously, but tracking compliance is still an issue, points out Laurel Brunner.

Antalis commits to green supply chains with Myrmex platform

NEWS: Antalis has put sustainability at the tops of its agenda by adopting the open-source SaaS supplier platform Myrmex.

Is packaging recycling as environmentally friendly as it looks?: Verdigris blog

Is packaging recycling as environmentally friendly as it looks?: Verdigris blog

OPINION: Recycling companies need to balance the scales between the environmental impact of the recycling packing against economic factors, says Laurel Brunner.

Push for paper bag adoption by retailers ahead of UK plastic bag levy

Push for paper bag adoption by retailers ahead of UK plastic bag levy

NEWS: The PEFC has teamed up with AB Group to push for the adoption of paper bags by brands and retailers.

The future is with the young: the Verdigris blog

The future is with the young: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: It is important to remind the younger generation of the tangible – and environmental – benefits of print, writes Laurel Brunner.

Dye-sub product made from recycled bottles announced by Fisher Textiles

Dye-sub product made from recycled bottles announced by Fisher Textiles

NEWS: Fisher Textiles has introduced a new environmentally friendly material for dye-sublimation printing, made mostly from yarn created using recycled plastic bottles.

Tracking those carbon footprints: the Verdigris blog

Tracking those carbon footprints: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Following an update on the ISO TS 14067 specification on carbon foot-printing, Laurel Brunner reflects on why it should be published as a fully-fledged standard.

Fresh thinking: the Verdigris blog

Fresh thinking: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Standards development and tackling environmental issues should be a collective effort from both the old and young people in the print industry, says Laurel Brunner

Drupa to partner with Media Mundo for Düsseldorf conference

Drupa to partner with Media Mundo for Düsseldorf conference

NEWS: Drupa has renewed co-operation deal with Media Mundo and announced that it will be a partner for its fifth convention.

Making a difference is harder than it looks: the Verdigris blog

Making a difference is harder than it looks: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner gives her thoughts on the Sustainable Innovation Expo and explains why it was a missed opportunity.

Building data trails: the Verdigris blog

Building data trails: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Regulation and consumer pressures are forcing companies to come clean, says Laurel Brunner.

International Paper mill delivers 30 percent reduction in water footprint with €20 million modernisation

International Paper mill delivers 30 percent reduction in water footprint with €20 million modernisation

NEWS: International Paper has put €20 million (£15.8m) into developing a more efficient production process at its Saillat paper mill.

Kiian looks to set eco-friendly bar with Free textile ink range

NEWS: A PVC-free plastisol ink for textile printing that can be used on both natural and synthetic fabrics has been announced by Kiian Specialty Inks.

Click time: the Verdigris blog

Click time: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The argument of print versus digital media is an empty one, suggests Laurel Brunner.

Smurfit Kappa looks to define future of packaging with insights programme

NEWS: Smurfit Kappa has launched an insights programme as part of its new global brand strategy.

Edgbaston goes Pinstripe for its print collateral

Edgbaston goes Pinstripe for its print collateral

NEWS: Pinstripe Print Group has been awarded a three-year sole supplier contract to provide print and design services for Edgbaston cricket ground.

Nano Nano: the Verdigris blog

Nano Nano: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Nanotechnology is receiving more attention, not just because of Benny Landa's enthusiasm for it, Laurel Brunner explains.

Brussels calling: the Verdigris blog

Brussels calling: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner suggests that the EC's H2020 work programme could be used to make print and publishing more sustainable.

Digital printers and energy efficiency: the Verdigris blog

Digital printers and energy efficiency: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: A new Fogra project to look at the energy efficiency of narrow- and wide-format digital printers. Laurel Brunner investigates.

Enviro Wipes recruits to sales and service role

Enviro Wipes recruits to sales and service role

NEWS: IPIA member Enviro Wipes has appointed Richard Spreadbury, formerly of J and G Environmental, as its sales and service manager.

The politics of green: the Verdigris blog

The politics of green: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at how the changing of the political guard in Europe might affect environmental policy.

EFI comes top in Fogra digital print energy efficient report

NEWS: Fogra has released its 'Energy efficiency of large and small format printing systems' report.

Environmental Performance Index: the Verdigris blog

Environmental Performance Index: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner considers the EPI ranking system, and wonders whether something similar could be applied to print.

Pollution absorbing poster aims to be poetry to Mother Nature's ears

Pollution absorbing poster aims to be poetry to Mother Nature's ears

NEWS: Scientist Tony Ryan and poet Simon Armitage have joined forces to create a poster, which is able to absorb pollution.

Game of Rules: the Verdigris blog

Game of Rules: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner takes to the Iron Throne and looks down upon the land of print and publishing – and the rules that govern them.

Gandy opens new Canadian manufacturing plant

Gandy opens new Canadian manufacturing plant

NEWS: Gandy Digital has moved its operations to a new 30,000sq ft (2,787sq m) manufacturing plant in Ontario, Canada.

Ricoh upgrades Pro-Graphic paper

Ricoh upgrades Pro-Graphic paper

NEWS: Ricoh Europe has upgraded its Pro-Graphic paper range, designed specifically for use with Ricoh Pro digital printers.

More than a lottery win: the Verdigris blog

More than a lottery win: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Like the Grand National, we're also in it for the long haul when changing perceptions of print sustainability, says Laurel Brunner.

100 and counting: the Verdigris blog

100 and counting: the Verdigris blog

BLOGS: Laurel Brunner looks back on two years of Verdigris blogs, and examines what trade shows need to do to remain environmentally relevant.

Alphabet soup for print's environmental impact: the Verdigris blog

Alphabet soup for print's environmental impact: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks into the acronym-laced terminology of sustainability.

Environmentally friendly substrates: the Verdigris blog

Environmentally friendly substrates: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at one of the biggest concerns with print's environmental impact: disposing of it when it reaches end of life.

PET peeves, revisited

PET peeves, revisited

OPINION: Laurel Brunner revisits the Indian government's decision to ban PET and looks at the polluting effect of poorly-managed waste disposal.

APRIL Blooms: the Verdigris blog

APRIL Blooms: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The WWF might have welcomed APRIL's latest sustainability initiative, but does it go far enough, asks Laurel Brunner.

FINAT introduces sustainability awards for label sector

NEWS: FINAT will hold its first Recycling Awards for self-adhesive labelling with two categories: one for label converters and the other for end users.

PET peeves: the Verdigris blog

PET peeves: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: PET is used in packaging world-wide and is readily recycled. But the Indian government wants to ban it, says Laurel Brunner.

Global Forest Watch monitoring tool released to tackle deforestation

Global Forest Watch monitoring tool released to tackle deforestation

NEWS: Global Forest Watch, a global monitoring program that boasts 'near real-time' information on deforestation, has been launched.

Pulp fiction: the Verdigris blog

Pulp fiction: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner comes across an interesting use for unused, pulped novels – and looks into the environmental consequences.

Gadgets for geeks and printers: the Verdigris blog

Gadgets for geeks and printers: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: There are technologies from outside the industry that can help printers improve their CSR, says Laurel Brunner.

APP calls for further collaboration on deforestation in Indonesia

APP calls for further collaboration on deforestation in Indonesia

NEWS: Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has released a report calling for further action on deforestation in Indonesia from businesses, governments and NGOs.

CMA Imaging pledges to reduce carbon footprint with tree-planting scheme

CMA Imaging pledges to reduce carbon footprint with tree-planting scheme

NEWS: CMA Imaging will plant a tree in Peru for each of the next 2,500 rolls of media it sells as a means of reducing its carbon footprint.

De-inking simmering along: the Verdigris blog

De-inking simmering along: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The suggestion of a de-inking standard has gone down well among the print community, but there is still work to be done, says Laurel Brunner.

Canon scores highly on sustainability in Climate Counts study

Canon scores highly on sustainability in Climate Counts study

NEWS: Canon has ranked fourth in the recent Climate Counts study, which measures sustainability versus GDP contribution world-wide.

Favini partners with Italian food company to create sustainable paper

Favini partners with Italian food company to create sustainable paper

NEWS: Favini has partnered with Italian food company Barilla to create a paper made from bran residue that is no longer fit for human consumption.

Awards idea looking for a home: the Verdigris blog

Awards idea looking for a home: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner moots the idea of a set of international environmental awards, as lays out why they could be of benefit to the print community.

CS Labels achieves ISO 14001 accreditation

NEWS: CS Labels has been awarded ISO 14001 accreditation in recognition of efforts to improve its sustainability and reduce its carbon footprint.

Ricoh celebrates a decade on Global 100 most sustainable list

Ricoh celebrates a decade on Global 100 most sustainable list

NEWS: Ricoh has been named one of the most sustainable corporations world-wide for the tenth year running, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

QPS continues to stock BioMedia despite Ilford insolvency

QPS continues to stock BioMedia despite Ilford insolvency

NEWS: Quality Print Services (QPS) has stated that it will continue to distribute BioMedia recyclable display films for the wide-format and display markets.

PACE Forum 2014 keynote speakers announced

NEWS: The Packaging and Converting Executive Forum, which will take place on February 12th – 14th in Brussels, has announced its keynote speakers.

2014 Wish List: the Verdigris blog

2014 Wish List: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner spells out the environmental changes she would like to see effected in the print and publishing industry in 2014.

Is Asia Pulp and Paper changing its tune?

Is Asia Pulp and Paper changing its tune?

FEATURE: Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is promising reform once more – and this time they might be serious about it, says Laurel Brunner.

Sappi wins innovation award for sustainable packaging paper

Sappi wins innovation award for sustainable packaging paper

NEWS: Sappi Fine Paper has been given a PPI award from global forestry information provider RISI for its flexible packaging papers with a mineral oil barrier.

Paper tigers – hear them roar: the Verdigris blog

Paper tigers – hear them roar: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The paper industry has often been the target of greens, but it is time to give it a break, suggests Laurel Brunner.

Three percent of UK self-adhesive label waste recycled under 'zero-to-waste' project

Three percent of UK self-adhesive label waste recycled under 'zero-to-waste' project

NEWS: A project launched by BPIF labels and Prismm Environmental earlier this year has diverted an estimated 6,500 tonnes of waste away from landfill.

Ceramics Asia 2013 preview: Bold hopes in a fractured marketplace

Ceramics Asia 2013 preview: Bold hopes in a fractured marketplace

FEATURE: Ceramics Asia 2013 takes place in a turbulent time for the Indian ceramics industry, explains Ben McCabe.

There are two sides to every bank note

There are two sides to every bank note

BLOGS: James Matthews-Paul comments on Two Sides's petition asking the Bank of England to avoid switching from paper to plastic bank notes.

Green MDF alternative added to Dufaylite product portfolio

Green MDF alternative added to Dufaylite product portfolio

NEWS: Dufaylite has added Polyprop, an eco-friendly equivalent to MDF and plastic, to its Ultra Board range.

De-inking: the Verdigris blog

De-inking: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at the difficulties recycling plants face when it comes to de-inking, and suggests how to raise standards.

Sustainability and emerging technologies on the agenda at LabelExpo Asia

Sustainability and emerging technologies on the agenda at LabelExpo Asia

NEWS: LabelExpo Asia has released the list of speakers for its 2013 event, which takes place on December 3rd – 4th in Shanghai.

'Print Saves Trees' campaign: the Verdigris blog

'Print Saves Trees' campaign: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner highlights the work of the PGAMA in trying to spread the message of print sustainability.

Grappling with Corporate Social Responsibility

Grappling with Corporate Social Responsibility

FEATURE: People and social concerns must be at the heart of any CSR policy, believes Laurel Brunner.

About Time: the Verdigris blog

About Time: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: For those of us who find the concept of patience anathema, progress on sustainability is taking too long, says Laurel Brunner.

Environmental PR failures: the Verdigris blog

Environmental PR failures: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner argues that the print industry should be less focused on product and exhibition news and more on promoting its environmental case.

25 major paper manufacturers participate in Environmental Paper Company Index

25 major paper manufacturers participate in Environmental Paper Company Index

NEWS: The WWF has disclosed the results of its Environmental Paper Company Index, which demonstrates the ecological footprint of paper and pulp manufacturers.

APP cleaning up its act, believes Greenpeace

APP cleaning up its act, believes Greenpeace

NEWS: Greenpeace International has revealed that it is 'cautiously optimistic' about the efforts being taken by Asia Pulp and Paper to end clearing of natural forests.

Chemical attractions: the Verdigris blog

Chemical attractions: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner talks about how the attitude of Breaking Bad's protagonist reflects the challenge facing the print industry over chemicals.

A quick (very quick) guide to environmental management: the Verdigris blog

A quick (very quick) guide to environmental management: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner explains the difference between the Eco Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14001.

Komori to sponsor Ipex 2014 Eco Zone

NEWS: Komori has been named as the sponsor of the Eco Zone at Ipex 2014, a new feature which aims to promote the benefits of environmentally friendly business.

Preaching print's sustainability: the Verdigris Blog

Preaching print's sustainability: the Verdigris Blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner takes a look at how the print industry's sustainable message can be spread further abroad.

The trouble with labels: the Verdigris blog

The trouble with labels: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at ISO 14044-compliant Life Cycle Analysis for labels, and argues that the tools for it are still too premature to be useful.

Trees for digital signs and displays?

Trees for digital signs and displays?

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at how the use of wood as a biomaterial is starting to change, and what effect this could have on signs and displays.

Durst Rhotex engine to drive Pixartprinting's textile production

Durst Rhotex engine to drive Pixartprinting's textile production

NEWS: Pixartprinting has responded to customer demand for textile printing and invested in a Rhotex industrial ink-jet printer from Durst.

It goes deeper than the label: the Verdigris blog

It goes deeper than the label: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at the proliferation of certification labels and the minefield that comes with choosing the one that is best suited to your company's needs.

Take it to the Max: the Verdigris blog

Take it to the Max: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Eco-friendly labelling and packaging be hugely beneficial. Laurel Brunner looks into how Swedish fast food chain Max Burgers has gone green and how the whole supply chain contributes to this.

Bank of England polymer note decision expected in December

Bank of England polymer note decision expected in December

NEWS: The Bank of England will announce in December whether it will switch from cotton to polymer for its banknotes.

Clean up that mess: the Verdigris blog

Clean up that mess: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner considers the benefits of a tidy workplace and whether it might bring tangible environmental and efficiency benefits to businesses.

Cooley Group earns environmental standard certification for green initiatives

NEWS: Cooley Group has been awarded ISO 14001 environmental standard certification from management system standards watchdog TUV SUD America.

Bordeaux Digital Printink to present new eco-friendly ink solutions at Sign Africa 2013

NEWS: Bordeaux Digital Printink will showcase its new 'sustainable' third-party inks at South African trade show Sign Africa 2013.

Sustainability policies reaching far and wide: the Verdigris blog

Sustainability policies reaching far and wide: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at how sustainability policies can add value as well as saving money for businesses, and how others are becoming involved.

How colour and workflow management help build sustainable businesses: the Verdigris blog

How colour and workflow management help build sustainable businesses: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner considers how digital technology has become an eco-friendly tool in the pre-press industry.

Environmental initiative Verdigris attracts new supporter in Shimizu Printing

NEWS: Shimizu Printing has become the latest supporter of Verdigris, the environmental initiative run by Digital Dots.

Verdigris announces new ISO standard for calculating print's carbon footprint

NEWS: The Verdigris Project has announced the publication of ISO 16759, the standard that describes the framework for quantifying and communicating the carbon footprint of print media.

Getting uglier in Indonesia: the Verdigris blog

Getting uglier in Indonesia: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner reports on the spat between pulp and paper corporation Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and the FSC.

Be green to be seen: the Verdigris blog

Be green to be seen: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Verdigris's Laurel Brunner treads the boards at FESPA 2013 and discovers rather a lot of greenwash in the aisles – but is that a bad thing?

Cooley goes for green at FESPA following Olympic involvement

NEWS: Cooley Group is extending its proposition for 'sustainable' materials in the wide-format market at FESPA 2013, having launched a new PVC-free banner product for use with HP's latex and UV-curable platforms.

Sensient arrives at FESPA in style with ElvaJet Alpha textile inks

Sensient arrives at FESPA in style with ElvaJet Alpha textile inks

NEWS: Swiss ink manufacturer Sensient will launch a 'breakthrough technology platform' for sustainable textile printing at FESPA 2013 next week.

Where has all the printing gone?

Where has all the printing gone?

FEATURE: Laurel Brunner takes a closer look at why Chinese companies like Leo Paper are winning the big contracts over their European and US counterparts.

The economics of green: the Verdigris blog

The economics of green: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner's latest Verdigris blog looks at the UN's Natural Capital Declaration and how Mondi is applying the principal to its business.

Hexacomb helps Dallas museum promote recycling

Hexacomb helps Dallas museum promote recycling

NEWS: Hexacomb has donated several hundred sheets of its honeycomb packaging material to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas.

Going green in Guandong: the Verdigris blog

Going green in Guandong: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Verdigris's Laurel Brunner is pleasantly surprised to find students with a big appetite for environmental standards in China.

3M to reveal eco-friendly Envision line at FESPA 2013

3M to reveal eco-friendly Envision line at FESPA 2013

NEWS: 3M will unveil the first two products in its 'game-changing' new Envision range at FESPA 2013, the company has announced.

Newspaper plant efficiency: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: In her latest Verdigris blog, Laurel Brunner looks at the German newspaper publisher taking unusual steps to reduce its energy usage.

Ricoh switches off to cast spotlight on World Environment Day

Ricoh switches off to cast spotlight on World Environment Day

NEWS: Ricoh will participate in the United Nations World Environment Day by switching off the lights on all of its billboards across the globe on June 5th.

Mondi becomes first paper manufacturer to join Verdigris

Mondi becomes first paper manufacturer to join Verdigris

NEWS: Mondi is the latest company to pledge its support for Verdigris, the environmental initiative founded by Output expert contributor Laurel Brunner.

Get your factories in shape: the Verdigris blog

Get your factories in shape: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at the companies implementing greener manufacturing initiatives in her latest Verdigris blog.

ISO 16759 approved: the Verdigris blog

ISO 16759 approved: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The Verdrigris Project's Laurel Brunner celebrates as ISO 16759 is finally approved – but there is still plenty more work to be done.

'Standing still not an option' for Avery Dennison at FESPA 2013

'Standing still not an option' for Avery Dennison at FESPA 2013

NEWS: Avery Dennison says it will be 'exploring the future of graphics solutions' at FESPA 2013 next month with a number of new substrates on show for the first time.

European sustainability simmering for all: the Verdigris blog

European sustainability simmering for all: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The European Commission is turning up the heat on its sustainability policies, so the rest of the world should take note since it will affect international trade.

Tougher than it looks: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Verdigris's Laurel Brunner looks at why ISO TS 14067 failed to make the grade, and what impact that could have on the forthcoming ISO 16759.

Taking another step forward with ISO 50001: the Verdigris blog

Taking another step forward with ISO 50001: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner looks at how gaining ISO 50001 certification could help Agfa save energy and money.

Conference programme and speakers revealed for FESPA 2013

Conference programme and speakers revealed for FESPA 2013

NEWS: FESPA has confirmed a 'first-class' selection of speakers and content for its Jet Set conference, which will take place at FESPA 2013 in London from June 25th to 29th.

Noventri unveils new SF-200 media player

Noventri unveils new SF-200 media player

NEWS: Noventri has revealed a more powerful digital signage player to add to its existing product range, the SF-200.

Ricoh Pro C901 to be put to the test at North Print and Pack

Ricoh Pro C901 to be put to the test at North Print and Pack

NEWS: Ricoh will demonstrate its new Pro C901 Graphic Arts plus printer at North Print and Pack next month by printing the show bulletin, the North Print and Pack Daily.

What it means to be green: Mondi's Green Event

FEATURE: Mondi's recent Green Event in Vienna gathered international participants from throughout the print media supply chain.

A new green print certification: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Verdigris's Laurel Brunner takes a look at how a Moscow-based PSP is helping to drive environmental awareness and impact reduction with self-certified 'green' labels.

ISO 16759 racing into the final furlong: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The news that ISO 16759 (calculating the carbon footprint of print media) is galloping towards its final furlong prior to publication has caused a flurry of interest.

Sappi and Innovia present compostable packaging combo

Sappi and Innovia present compostable packaging combo

NEWS: Innovia and Sappi are working together to offer packaging manufacturers a new compostable alternative that will meet the new EU Packaging Directive.

Slow and steady making progress: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner's Verdigris Project has seen plenty of change in print's environmental awareness over its five years, but there is still a lot to be done.

Print to store: the Verdigris blog

Print to store: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: Laurel Brunner considers the long-term archival options for our photographic or written collateral in her latest Verdigris blog.

'Pointless' signs to be removed in DfT scheme

'Pointless' signs to be removed in DfT scheme

NEWS: Local authorities that rationalise and remove old or unnecessary signs could win a prize in a new competition announced today by the transport secretary.

Ricoh named one of 'World's Most Ethical Companies' for fifth year

NEWS: Ricoh has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies in 2013 by business ethics and sustainability organisation Ethisphere.

A supply chain problem taxing our brains: the Verdigris blog

A supply chain problem taxing our brains: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: In her latest Verdigris blog, Laurel Brunner considers how the whole supply chain can make a real difference to print's environmental footprint.

Regulation stepping up: the Verdigris blog

Regulation stepping up: the Verdigris blog

OPINION: The new European Timber Regulations have just come into force. Laurel Brunner looks at the reasons behind the legislation in her Verdigris blog.

The eco-nomics of print: the Verdigris blog

The eco-nomics of print: the Verdigris blog

FEATURE: In her latest Verdigris blog, Laurel Brunner notes the relationship between sustainability and efficiency, and is delighted to find the idea propagated at the FESPA Global Summit.

Ricoh named in Global 100 Most Sustainable for ninth time

Ricoh named in Global 100 Most Sustainable for ninth time

NEWS: Ricoh is celebrating being named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for a ninth consecutive year.

Paperless 2013 campaign ignites print industry backlash

Paperless 2013 campaign ignites print industry backlash

NEWS: A campaign by a group of web services led by Google urging people to go paperless in 2013 has provoked a heated response from the print industry.

Fujifilm WaterAid initiative raises almost £25k in six months

Fujifilm WaterAid initiative raises almost £25k in six months

NEWS: The second quarter of Fujifilm Europe's fundraising drive to support WaterAid has seen it donate a further €16,077 (£13,117) to the charity, taking the total raised since May 2012 to €27,757 (£22,643).

Prismaflex announces 'first' solar-powered OOH displays

Prismaflex announces 'first' solar-powered OOH displays

NEWS: Prismaflex has launched what it claims are the first solar-powered out-of-home displays, named Autonomous Scrollers.

Heidelberg latest to sign up to Verdigris

Heidelberg latest to sign up to Verdigris

NEWS: The Verdigris Project – led by print expert Laurel Brunner and supported by Output – has won over Heidelberg, which joins other major players in the not-for-profit initiative.

Arctic Paper nominated for EMAS Award for water efficiency

Arctic Paper nominated for EMAS Award for water efficiency

NEWS: Arctic Paper's Munkedals mill has been selected as a nominee for the European Commission's EMAS Award 2012, having been put forward by the Swedish Environmental Management Council for its water management.

Océ celebrates fifth birthday for VarioPrint carbon offset scheme

Océ celebrates fifth birthday for VarioPrint carbon offset scheme

NEWS: Océ has revealed details about its carbon offset programme for VarioPrint 6000 series digital printers on its fifth anniversary.

Sign and Digital UK appeals for eco-conscious Green Trail exhibitors

Sign and Digital UK appeals for eco-conscious Green Trail exhibitors

NEWS: Sign and Digital UK is looking for exhibitors to join the Green Trail at the 2013 show, which highlights sustainable products for sign-makers.

Flying the standard: EcoPrint review

Flying the standard: EcoPrint review

FEATURE: Laurel Brunner discusses the conference programme at EcoPrint 2012 and what it did to progress the industry's thinking on standards and labels.

Arctic Paper amps up the power with energy investments

Arctic Paper amps up the power with energy investments

NEWS: Arctic Paper has acquired 50 percent of water energy company Kalltorp Kraft and will increase the output of its existing hydro-power plant at the Munkedals mill.

Xerox highlights green credentials in latest Citizenship Report

Xerox highlights green credentials in latest Citizenship Report

NEWS: Xerox has released its Global Citizenship Report for 2012, which highlights the company's commitment to 'principle-backed practices towards sustainable innovation'.

Create Signs makes 'lasting impression' following Mimaki CJV30-160 purchase

Create Signs makes 'lasting impression' following Mimaki CJV30-160 purchase

NEWS: Bristol-based Create Signs says it is making 'substantial savings' since the installation of its first wide-format print-and-cut machine, a Mimaki CJV30-160 purchased from GPT.

Crystal Display launches iPhone-style display range

Crystal Display launches iPhone-style display range

NEWS: Crystal Display Systems has launched a new range of slimline digital advertising displays with an iPhone-style aesthetic.

HP latex inks achieve Sustainable Product Certification

HP latex inks achieve Sustainable Product Certification

NEWS: HP's latex and A50 ink-jet web press inks have become the first water-based ink-jet inks to achieve UL Environment's Sustainable Product Certification, the company has announced.

EcoPrint: the tough questions pt 2

FEATURE: In part two of his EcoPrint feature, James Matthews-Paul asks what more can be done to change the perception of print, and whether the industry is giving consumers what they really want.

EcoPrint: the tough questions pt 1

EcoPrint: the tough questions pt 1

FEATURE: With the inaugural EcoPrint Europe Live show gearing up to open its doors tomorrow, James Matthews-Paul asks the difficult questions and wonders whether EcoPrint has the answers.

Canon joins Two Sides and pledges support for campaigns

Canon joins Two Sides and pledges support for campaigns

NEWS: Industry association Two Sides will be supported in its Print Power and Two Sides campaigns by print giant Canon.

Follow the green light

Follow the green light

FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul explores the value of visiting EcoPrint for print service providers of all sizes.

ESMA to launch 'Approved Supplier' scheme at EcoPrint

NEWS: Screen and digital printing association ESMA will introduce a new 'Approved Supplier' scheme at EcoPrint Europe 2012 to give its members a recognised quality mark.

Mutoh announces plans for EcoPrint

NEWS: Mutoh Belgium has revealed that it will demonstrate 'several sustainable print solutions' at EcoPrint Europe 2012, taking place in Berlin, Germany on September 26th and 27th.

EcoPrint attracts registrations 'from 60 different countries'

NEWS: This month's EcoPrint has attracted visitor registrations from 60 different countries, according to its organiser.

Hollanders to present 'A to Z' of green textile workflow at EcoPrint

Hollanders to present 'A to Z' of green textile workflow at EcoPrint

NEWS: Hollanders Printing Systems says it and its partners will show how a full environmentally aware workflow can be achieved at EcoPrint.

Two Sides announces seminar speaker line-up

Two Sides announces seminar speaker line-up

NEWS: Print and paper industry organisation Two Sides has confirmed the speakers for its Autumn Seminar, stating they each represent a 'unique perspective' of the sector's issues.

Zünd to highlight sustainable business practices at EcoPrint

NEWS: Zünd has announced its stand at September's EcoPrint show will focus on its environmentally conscious business practices.

Ricoh on the green with eco-friendly British Open sponsorship

Ricoh on the green with eco-friendly British Open sponsorship

NEWS: Ricoh will provide document services as part of its sponsorship of the Women's British Open golf tournament for the sixth year.

Ricoh to showcase Carbon Balanced Printing Programme at EcoPrint

Ricoh to showcase Carbon Balanced Printing Programme at EcoPrint

NEWS: Ricoh states its appearance at September's EcoPrint trade show will allow it to 'further demonstrate [its] continued commitment' to assisting PSPs to boost their sustainability.

Sustainable print planned for Viscom Frankfurt

Sustainable print planned for Viscom Frankfurt

NEWS: Viscom Frankfurt 2012 will include a special exhibition dedicated to sustainable large-format print and media production, called Eco Future.

BAF Graphics tastes success with Whole Foods Market

BAF Graphics tastes success with Whole Foods Market

NEWS: Display producer BAF Graphics has completed the outfitting of the new Whole Foods Market Piccadilly Circus store.

SAi to show PixelBlaster's sustainable side at EcoPrint 2012

SAi to show PixelBlaster's sustainable side at EcoPrint 2012

NEWS: SAi will demonstrate the environmentally friendly credentials of its PixelBlaster production software at EcoPrint in September.

Press On Digital Imaging doubles up with second Scitex LX850 purchase

Press On Digital Imaging doubles up with second Scitex LX850 purchase

NEWS: Press On Digital Imaging (PODI) has invested in a second HP Scitex LX850 printer to boost production capacity for its vehicle wrapping and window film offer.

Interview: Paul Willems talks sustainability and EcoPrint with Output

FEATURE: Kimberley Swift talks to Paul Willems, chief executive of Ilford and an ambassador for the EcoPrint show, in the first of an interview series focusing on events in 2012.

Ricoh to 'share sustainability practices' with EcoPrint visitors

Ricoh to 'share sustainability practices' with EcoPrint visitors

NEWS: Ricoh has been confirmed as an exhibitor at September's EcoPrint trade show, and will occupy one of the largest spaces at EcoPrint, covering 100sq m.

Mimaki confirms eco-friendly line-up for EcoPrint

Mimaki confirms eco-friendly line-up for EcoPrint

NEWS: Mimaki says it is 'looking forward' to EcoPrint, and has released details of the environmentally conscious printers it plans to showcase.

HP releases initial details for EcoPrint presence

NEWS: HP has announced its plans for the inaugural EcoPrint show, taking place in Berlin, Germany on September 26th and 27th 2012.

EcoPrint to 'focus on content and discussion' with talks programme

NEWS: A line-up of 'sustainability visionaries and global brands' will take to the stage at EcoPrint 2012, with nearly 50 events scheduled to take place at the show on September 26th and 27th.

FESPA funds help secure victory in EU Ecolabel debates

NEWS: FESPA has used funds from its 'Profit for Purpose' scheme to gain 'victories' for screen and digital printers in the EU Ecolabel discussions.

'Widespread criticism' prompts Toshiba National No-Print Day U-turn

NEWS: Following backlash from the printing and paper industries, Toshiba has cancelled its National No-Print Day.

Dufaylite recognised by POPAI Sustainability Standard

Dufaylite recognised by POPAI Sustainability Standard

NEWS: POPAI has awarded its Sustainability Standard benchmark to Dufaylite.

Paper brand Sappi named EcoPrint education partner

NEWS: Sappi will be the education partner of new environment-themed trade show EcoPrint, it has been announced.

Neschen invites customers to put 'new generation' films to the test

Neschen invites customers to put 'new generation' films to the test

NEWS: Neschen has developed a new environmentally friendly adhesive that will be used on its 'New Generation' filmolux range.

Bordeaux demonstrates 'eco-friendly' textile ink at drupa

NEWS: Bordeaux Digital Printink is demonstrating its new water-based ink, PRDS, on a Speedjet Subly 180 wide-format printer at the drupa show in Germany.

Interview: EFI's Frank Mallozzi in conversation with Output pt 1

Interview: EFI's Frank Mallozzi in conversation with Output pt 1

FEATURE: James Matthews-Paul catches up with EFI's Frank Mallozzi at drupa.

Viscom Frankfurt to comprise six 'worlds'

Viscom Frankfurt to comprise six 'worlds'

NEWS: The German edition of Viscom in Frankfurt will include new features such as a division of the show into six 'worlds'.

HP to talk sustainable print at drupa

HP to talk sustainable print at drupa

NEWS: HP is to host an Eco Leadership Forum at May's drupa, with a panel of printing industry experts coming together to discuss sustainability.

Working on a carbon footprint

Working on a carbon footprint

FEATURE: With the environment steadily moving to the top of print's agenda, sign- and display-makers are starting to pay attention as well.

Live and learn: education at Sign and Digital UK

Live and learn: education at Sign and Digital UK

FEATURE: Morwenna Kearns looks at what's on offer from a learning standpoint at Sign and Digital UK.

Eco-conscious exhibitors prepare for Sign and Digital UK Green Trail

Eco-conscious exhibitors prepare for Sign and Digital UK Green Trail

NEWS: A variety of exhibitors' stands have been confirmed as stops on the Green Trail, to make its debut at Sign and Digital UK next week.

Heidelberg UK joins Two Sides

Heidelberg UK joins Two Sides

NEWS: Printing equipment manufacturer Heidelberg UK has joined Two Sides.

Being green pt 1

Being green pt 1

FEATURE: In the first part of a series from Verdigris looking at UK printers that have gone green, Severnprint is put under the spotlight.

Final call for FINAT label competition entries

NEWS: FINAT is urging label printers and converters to submit their entries to its label competition before the March 9th deadline.

Finalists announced for Sign and Digital UK Awards

Finalists announced for Sign and Digital UK Awards

NEWS: The shortlisted entries for the Sign and Digital UK Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed on March 28th.

Sun Chemical releases sustainability report

NEWS: Ink manufacturer Sun Chemical has made available its 2011 sustainability report, which it says shows how its 'leadership in sustainability'.

FESPA Digital 2012 to offer sustainable printing advice with Planet Friendly Printing Zone

NEWS: FESPA Digital 2012 is to give conference attendees free, expert advice on sustainable printing techniques at a dedicated FESPA Planet Friendly Printing Zone.

Mimaki to highlight sustainability and new products at FESPA Digital

Mimaki to highlight sustainability and new products at FESPA Digital

NEWS: Mimaki plans to showcase new products and emphasise sustainability at FESPA Digital. The Mimaki TS34-1800A will be demonstrated alongside the JFX-1631plus and UJF-3042FX printers.

HP Scitex ink meets standards for indoor use

HP Scitex ink meets standards for indoor use

NEWS: HP has announced its HP FB225 Scitex ink for wide-format printing has successfully met AgBB regulations for indoor building products.

Intergraf team ups with EcoPrint 2012 to think sustainably

NEWS: Intergraf has announced its support of the EcoPrint 2012 exhibition.

Getting certified: John E Wright and the HP Eco Solutions Certification

Getting certified: John E Wright and the HP Eco Solutions Certification

OPINION: Mark Dawson, technical business manager at John E Wright and Co, talks about why his business signed up for HP Eco Solutions Certification.

Entries now being accepted for Sign and Digital UK Awards

Entries now being accepted for Sign and Digital UK Awards

NEWS: The Sign and Digital UK Awards and Networking Event will return in 2012, and entries to the awards scheme are now being accepted.

2011 review and 2012 preview: a move from the transient to the permanent for sign-making?

2011 review and 2012 preview: a move from the transient to the permanent for sign-making?

FEATURE: Morwenna Kearns starts Output's series of 2011 reviews and 2012 previews with her thoughts on sign-making.

FESPA to make sustainable printing guide available to more businesses

NEWS: FESPA has announced it will release an abridged version of its latest issue of the Planet Friendly Printing Guide to non-members.

Misconceptions and myths of green vol 2, pt 2

FEATURE: Part two of the second volume of Verdigris's report on environmental myths.

Misconceptions and myths of green vol 2, pt 1

FEATURE: The second volume of Verdigris's look at some of the misconceptions and myths of going green.

Doing their bit: print and signage recycling schemes

Doing their bit: print and signage recycling schemes

FEATURE: Morwenna Kearns catches up with some new and developed recycling programmes.

EcoPrint names Mimaki as newest founding exhibitor

NEWS: Mimaki Europe is to be a founding exhibitor and supporter of the inaugural EcoPrint trade fair, its organiser has announced.

Misconceptions and myths of green vol 1, pt 2

Misconceptions and myths of green vol 1, pt 2

FEATURE: Verdigris examines some of the myths and misconceptions preventing printing companies from adopting a more aggressive environmental strategy for their businesses.

Misconceptions and myths of green vol 1, pt 1

FEATURE: Verdigris examines some of the myths and misconceptions preventing printing companies from adopting a more aggressive environmental strategy for their businesses.

Eco-friendly signage products on show at Sign and Digital UK's Green Trail

NEWS: Sign and Digital UK 2012 will feature a 'Green Trail', highlighting to visitors environmentally friendly and ethical signage products.

Mactac goes for green with Imagin and Permacolor Verde sustainable print media

Mactac goes for green with Imagin and Permacolor Verde sustainable print media

NEWS: Mactac Graphic Products has introduced new digital print media and overlaminates – Imagin Verde VM1229P and Permacolor Verde VL1000 series – which it states are sustainable.

HP to honour the best in print quality and environmental responsibility with Print Excellence Awards

HP to honour the best in print quality and environmental responsibility with Print Excellence Awards

NEWS: Printer manufacturer HP has announced its search for entrants to the first ever HP Print Excellence Awards.

Being there: IMI's European Ink Jet Printing Conference

Being there: IMI's European Ink Jet Printing Conference

FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul attends IMI's 19th annual European Ink Jet Printing Conference in Lisbon and declares it unmissable.

HP announced as headline partner for EcoPrint

HP announced as headline partner for EcoPrint

NEWS: The inaugural EcoPrint trade show next year will feature technology company HP as its headline partner, it has been announced.

Come on Europe, collaborate! Why? Because it works, and SGP is a superb example of collaborative success

OPINION: It's not a fad: print buyers, specifiers, agencies and customers are demanding sustainable print, says EcoPrint's Marcus Timson.

Dedicated sustainability show planned for drupa

Dedicated sustainability show planned for drupa

NEWS: Next year's drupa printing industry trade fair will include a special exhibition on sustainability called 'Media Mundo @ drupa'.

Pyramid and Hollywood Monster collaborate for graphics recycling scheme

Pyramid and Hollywood Monster collaborate for graphics recycling scheme

NEWS: Media supplier Pyramid Display Materials and graphics producer Hollywood Monster have joined together for a new UK-based recycling scheme.

Workflows: a print industry green light

FEATURE: It is probably just me, but there's a sense that printers are starting once again to think green.

HP to present 'versatile wide-format solutions' at Ipex Digital Middle East

HP to present 'versatile wide-format solutions' at Ipex Digital Middle East

NEWS: November's Ipex Digital Middle East trade show in Abu Dhabi, UAE will feature a showcase of 'versatile' printing solutions for graphics by HP.

Is there room for more niche trade shows in the print industry? Spread the load; there's room for all

Is there room for more niche trade shows in the print industry? Spread the load; there's room for all

FEATURE: Industry shows provide tremendous opportunities for housing every manufacturer and supplier under one roof.

Is there room for more niche trade shows in the print industry?

Is there room for more niche trade shows in the print industry?

FEATURE: The idea with next year's EcoPrint is to provide an environment conducive to debate, argument and discussion.

Dedicated HP latex ink demo centre opens in Milan

Dedicated HP latex ink demo centre opens in Milan

NEWS: The first permanent demonstration centre for HP latex inks has opened at the Art Instituto Italiano Artigianelli in Milan, Italy.

Sustainable print business under spotlight at new EcoPrint trade fair

Sustainable print business under spotlight at new EcoPrint trade fair

NEWS: A new printing industry trade fair focused specifically on sustainable print processes will make its debut next year.

Interview: Viscom Düsseldorf's Petra Lassahn in conversation with Output

FEATURE: Morwenna Kearns asks Petra Lassahn, Viscom Düsseldorf's event director, about what's coming up at this year's show.

An education: seminars at Viscom Düsseldorf

An education: seminars at Viscom Düsseldorf

OPINION: Trade fairs in our industry have done a good job of combining demonstrations with educational sessions. This year's Viscom Düsseldorf is not likely to disappoint in this regard.

Paperback writers pt 2

Paperback writers pt 2

FEATURE: HP has recently published the results of its Life Cycle Assessment of different paperback book printing options.

Paperback writers pt 1

Paperback writers pt 1

FEATURE: HP has recently published the results of its Life Cycle Assessment of different paperback book printing options.

Suffolk sign-makers team up for print waste recycling scheme

NEWS: Sackers is teaming up with Suffolk Offset and Hudson Signs in a new free recycling programme.

MicroGreen Polymers aims to present sustainable substrate with starter pack

MicroGreen Polymers aims to present sustainable substrate with starter pack

NEWS: MicroGreen Polymers has compiled a starter kit of its InCycle material as a way for printers to introduce the substrate to their customers.

Interview: GPT's Stuart Cole talks to Output

FEATURE: Stuart Cole, general manager at Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT), talks to Morwenna Kearns.

Variable signage to boost Highways Agency's Bag It, Bin It campaign

Variable signage to boost Highways Agency's Bag It, Bin It campaign

NEWS: The UK's Highways Agency is urging drivers to dispose of litter responsibly this summer with its Bag It, Bin It campaign, though roadside variable message signs.

Fujifilm textile inks win approval from Soil Association

NEWS: Fujifilm has announced that more than 50 of its textile ink products have been certified under the Soil Association's new Approved Inputs for Textiles Scheme.

Seeing your face on a billboard

Seeing your face on a billboard

OPINION: There is something about the billboard. While the content may change, the structure itself is a permanent part of its landscape, and, often, the most eye-catching if not the largest thing in it.

Durst's environmental credentials recognised with ISO 14001 certification

Durst's environmental credentials recognised with ISO 14001 certification

NEWS: Durst has been awarded with ISO 14001:2004 certification by Quality Austria in acknowledgement of the company's environmental management system.

Dow Chemical Company to produce sustainable wrap of Olympic proportions

Dow Chemical Company to produce sustainable wrap of Olympic proportions

NEWS: Worldwide Olympic Partner The Dow Chemical Company is to deliver a fabric wrap for London's Olympic Stadium, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has revealed.

Environmental graphics division started by Signbox

Environmental graphics division started by Signbox

NEWS: Signbox has announced the addition of an environmental graphics business unit, EG, to its company.

HP's Latex Truck moves up a gear with extended tour

HP's Latex Truck moves up a gear with extended tour

NEWS: HP has revealed its Latex Truck – a mobile showcase of its latex printing technology – is to continue its European tour later this summer.

Interview: Octink's Will Tyler in conversation with Output

Interview: Octink's Will Tyler in conversation with Output

FEATURE: Morwenna Kearns asks Will Tyler, chief executive of Octink, to back up his business's green claims.

Trail signage and interpretation panels 'aim to reduce human impact'

Trail signage and interpretation panels 'aim to reduce human impact'

NEWS: A new signage system comprising trail wayfinding and interpretative panels has been unveiled in Canada designed to diminish the effect of human presence on the environment.

Sustainable standard pt 2

Sustainable standard pt 2

FEATURE: It can be hard for individual printers to develop a measurable environmental policy but the forthcoming ISO 16759 should address this.

Sustainable standard pt 1

Sustainable standard pt 1

FEATURE: It can be hard for individual printers to develop a measurable environmental policy but the forthcoming ISO 16759 should address this.

Mid-2011 review: What have been the ups and downs and what should we expect for the rest of the year?

Mid-2011 review: What have been the ups and downs and what should we expect for the rest of the year?

FEATURE: Six months into the year, I doubt anyone would argue if I were to say that we haven't seen anything world-shatteringly new find its way onto the wide-format market.

Lintec releases PVC-free signage materials for 'green' option

Lintec releases PVC-free signage materials for 'green' option

NEWS: Lintec Graphic Films has released two new PVC-free ranges for indoor and outdoor signage applications.

Image Options chooses green route with printer and polymer investment

Image Options chooses green route with printer and polymer investment

NEWS: USA-based digital printer Image Options has launched a new 'green' printing offering to its customers.

Ricoh unveils Europe's first 'eco-billboard'

Ricoh unveils Europe's first 'eco-billboard'

NEWS: Ricoh UK has revealed a new billboard, located next to the M4 in London, which it says is the first 'eco-board' in Europe.

WWF and Coca-Cola reveal living plant billboard

NEWS: Conservation charity WWF and Coca-Cola have teamed up to create a 60 x 60' (18 x 18m) billboard made up of Fukien tea plants and pots made of recycled drinks bottles.

Carbon conundrums pt 2

FEATURE: PrintCity, the nebulous alliance of industry suppliers offering advice to the industry, has published another of its cross industry special reports.

Carbon conundrums pt 1

FEATURE: PrintCity, the nebulous alliance of industry suppliers offering advice to the industry, has published another of its cross industry special reports.

Eye 'improves sustainability' with plasma screen upgrades

Eye 'improves sustainability' with plasma screen upgrades

NEWS: Out-of-home media agency Eye is undertaking an energy-saving campaign which will see it switch off all of its plasma screens currently installed in Australia and replace them with LED LCD technology.

Increased demand for textiles at FESPA Digital, says Mutoh

Increased demand for textiles at FESPA Digital, says Mutoh

NEWS: Wide-format printer manufacturer Mutoh says that punters at FESPA Digital 2011 showed particular interest in its textile printing systems.

Carbon Trust recognises Icon for CO2 reduction measures

Carbon Trust recognises Icon for CO2 reduction measures

NEWS: Branding and signage company Icon has received certification from the Carbon Trust, after meeting its carbon reduction standards.

BAF Graphics dives into Project Ocean campaign for Selfridges

BAF Graphics dives into Project Ocean campaign for Selfridges

NEWS: BAF Graphics has produced a range of graphics for London department store Selfridges, to promote its Project Ocean campaign, which aims to highlight marine conservation issues.

Ricoh to switch off billboards for UN World Environment Day

Ricoh to switch off billboards for UN World Environment Day

NEWS: Technology company Ricoh will switch off the majority of its signage around the world tonight (June 3rd) in support of United Nations World Environment Day and as part of its Ricoh Global Eco Action event.

Green is back: the environment and FESPA Digital 2011

Green is back: the environment and FESPA Digital 2011

OPINION: I'm presenting on the HP stand every day this week at the FESPA show in Hamburg on the topic of sustainability in sign and display printing.

How do we minimise waste?

FEATURE: You don't need to spend loads of dosh to improve your carbon footprint. Minimising waste is an easy place to start.

How do we minimise waste? In wide-format it helps to get production right first time

How do we minimise waste? In wide-format it helps to get production right first time

FEATURE: Our world seems to be filled with excesses of paper and packaging and myriad other items which end up being put out for recycling or into the trash.

FESPA events 'invaluable' for Eastern European printers

NEWS: A number of FESPA-supported events have been held in Eastern Europe on subjects from screen-printing to the environment, which have been described as 'invaluable' to members of FESPA's national associations.

Caldera upgrades CostView software to include carbon footprint monitor

Caldera upgrades CostView software to include carbon footprint monitor

NEWS: Caldera has announced that version 3.0 of its CostView print management software will include a module that allows for the analysis of carbon emissions alongside other job considerations.

Mutoh America's cartridge recycling scheme 'one more step in green direction'

Mutoh America's cartridge recycling scheme 'one more step in green direction'

NEWS: Mutoh America says that it is taking 'just one more step in the green direction' with the launch of its ink cartridge recycling programme.

Lights go out at Australia's largest billboard for Earth Hour

Lights go out at Australia's largest billboard for Earth Hour

NEWS: Sydney's Glebe Island Silos billboard – said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere – plunged into darkness on Saturday in support of Earth Hour.

Noventri backs up green credentials with support of Earth Hour

Noventri backs up green credentials with support of Earth Hour

NEWS: Digital signage company Noventri has stated that it will take part in the grassroots global initiative Earth Hour 2011.

Hybrid reports 'extraordinary success' for Let's Do More recycling scheme

Hybrid reports 'extraordinary success' for Let's Do More recycling scheme

NEWS: Mimaki wide-format printer and ink distributor Hybrid Services has announced its Let's Do More rebate-linked ink cartridge recycling programme has achieved 'extraordinary success' in the three years since its launch.

Green Graphics 'gains a following' with eco action

Green Graphics 'gains a following' with eco action

NEWS: Sign and display producer Green Graphics has attracted a number of customers through carrying out eco-conscious business practices, it has been reported.

FESPA survey suggests optimism for 2011

FESPA survey suggests optimism for 2011

NEWS: The latest FESPA Economy Survey has been released, with printers showing optimism for 2011.

Artworks signage on display at  'UK's greenest building'

Artworks signage on display at 'UK's greenest building'

NEWS: Graphics production company Artworks has completed a project at the Environment Agency's new headquarters, which has been described as 'the greenest building in the UK'.

Signarama 'identifies need' for eco-friendlier signage

NEWS: The US arm of franchise group Signarama has announced the availability of new environmentally friendlier signage options, after 'more and more' contractors made enquiries about products which could reduce construction sites' carbon footprint.

'Anti-greenwash success' recorded by Two Sides

NEWS: Two Sides, an initiative which seeks to educate companies about the use of misleading information about paper and print in its promotional material, says its national campaign has been successful.

Print industry urged to help develop eco standards

NEWS: Non-profit print environmental research initiative Verdigris Project is encouraging those in the printing industry to join a working group launched to establish a set of standards covering the environmental effects of print.

LEDs help improve billboard efficiency trend, says Daktronics

NEWS: The use of LEDs has helped digital signage manufacturer Daktronics increase the energy efficiency of its digital billboards, it has stated.

All that glisters is not green

All that glisters is not green

OPINION: I actually quite like Daniel – even though he frequently challenges what I say, rephrases my words and asks me to provide solid proof of my statements.

The green footprint

OPINION: In 1995, I was told that if we at HP wanted to penetrate into the wide-format market we should be able to print on wet strength paper – screen printing and offset printing were doing it that way and we would have to follow.

Energy, fuel and materials costs slashing SMEs' margins

NEWS: Although orders and turnover have improved for small businesses in the latter part of 2010, the Forum of Private Business's latest research reveals that profitability has suffered due to increases in fuel costs, energy prices and raw materials.

Vision in Print conference urges printers to tackle climate change conditions

Vision in Print conference urges printers to tackle climate change conditions

NEWS: Vision in Print's seventh annual conference, with the topic of Winning the War on Waste, offered 'sound advice' to printers on how to tackle the conditions presented by climate change, the organisation has stated.

Retail wonderland: seasonal displays

Retail wonderland: seasonal displays

FEATURE: This week, a survey released by multimedia retail applications specialist Mood Media delivered the somewhat gloomy news that the majority (74 percent) of shoppers actively dislike hearing Christmas music before December, and 61 percent did not feel like buying presents when hearing such tunes piped through shops' speakers.

The green giant: the growing subject of the environment

The green giant: the growing subject of the environment

FEATURE: One of Output's main priorities is promoting the use of environmentally friendly materials, techniques and business practices.

'Increased demand' spurs Sepiax HQ move

'Increased demand' spurs Sepiax HQ move

NEWS: Sepiax Ink Technology has announced it is moving its headquarters to new premises in Klagenfurt, Austria, to meet increased demand for its digital 'print-on-anything' water-based resin inks.

ICA Kvantum installs green alternative from ZetaDisplay

NEWS: Scandinavian retail chain ICA has further bolstered its environmentally friendly credentials by installing an energy-efficient digital out-of-home (DOOH) system from ZetaDisplay in its ICA Kvantum Sannegården store, located in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Berger introduces new non-woven fabrics

NEWS: Textile company Berger has added two new non-woven fabrics to its range, which it says are suitable for outdoor banner advertisements and event decorations.

Recyclable hanging signage solution launched by Antalis McNaughton

Recyclable hanging signage solution launched by Antalis McNaughton

NEWS: A new retail hanging signage solution which is said to be 100 percent recyclable has been released by Antalis McNaughton's Sign and Display division.

California drivers experience state's first solar powered traffic sign

California drivers experience state's first solar powered traffic sign

NEWS: The first solar powered LED traffic sign in California has been installed in Santa Monica.

College wins sustainability status with help from 'green' wayfinding

NEWS: A US college has achieved official recognition for its environmental design, thanks in part to its choice of sustainable wayfinding signage.

Samsung's climate change efforts win place in CDLI top five

Samsung's climate change efforts win place in CDLI top five

NEWS: Samsung Electronics has been ranked joint fourth in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), rising from number ten in 2009.

New eco-hoarding brought to market by GTMS

New eco-hoarding brought to market by GTMS

NEWS: Event production company GTMS has introduced a new hoarding product which it states is both innovative and eco-friendly.

BAPC reveals environmental concerns in survey

BAPC reveals environmental concerns in survey

NEWS: Creative industry trade association BAPC has released its latest Environmental Survey results.

Resort promotes amenities with Noventri digital signage

Resort promotes amenities with Noventri digital signage

NEWS: A holiday resort in the USA has installed Noventri digital signage players to promote its amenities and activities to guests.

GigantPrint's street signage provides backdrop for majestic nuptials

GigantPrint's street signage provides backdrop for majestic nuptials

NEWS: To celebrate the royal wedding of Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling, GigantPrint was commissioned to create a variety of street signage using six HP Scitex printers.

FSB pushes government for green business incentives

NEWS: Sign-makers and display producers are amongst the SMEs reminded by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that there are financial incentives on offer from the British government for going green.

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