BE AS GREEN AS YOU CAN...
As a DESIGN and PRINT consultancy we do consider protecting the environment to be a serious issue, as the use of paper and inks for standard printing can be very harmful. We are proud to state that all of our lithographic plate making equipment (CTP) is now chemical free and all of our paper and boards are supplied by registered and accredited PEFC (Promoting Sustainable Forest Management) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) mills and merchants. We are also using 100% vegetable ink for all of our wet printing, this is helping us to become more environmentally sustainable and greener than ever throughout your orders, from pre-press to post production. At Genie we ensure all our products are either recycled or as environmentally friendly as possible, so naturally we make sure our production methods and packaging is as green and sustainable as is practical.
As a company we regularly review our environmental impact and happily embrace new technology (high & low) to help improve our production, waste management, energy and water efficiency whenever we can. In production we strive to get the best use of all raw materials and to keep any waste to a minimum. All waste material is collected by BPR Group, an authorised and regulated waste management company.
To keep our carbon foot print to a minimum, we source all our material from UK or EU suppliers. We do not get any of our card, papers, envelopes, bags or packaging from outside the EU. This also ensures that our supply chain will always adhere to the latest UK & EU environmental and employment standards, and thus be treating people fairly while helping to look after the planet.
The vast majority of our products are not just made from recycled material, most are either recyclable, compostable or bio-degradable.
Where it is necessary to use virgin or non-recycled materials we will always endeavour to keep it to the minimum possible.
WE'RE RESPONSIBLE! CARBON CAPTURE SCHEME
Woodland Carbon is an accredited, award-winning carbon removal scheme that is operated under the Government's 2011 Woodland Carbon Code. At Genie we have elected to capture all of the carbon from the manufacture and distribution of the paper, card and board that we use. The amount of CO2 generated in the production and delivery of our materials is calculated and we contribute to the Woodland Trust who plant woodland at one of their accredited woodland creation sites in the UK.
ABOUT WOODLAND TRUST
The Woodland Trust aims to improve the landscape of Britain by planting more trees and protecting our national heritage of precious ancient woodland. Its vision is a UK rich in native woods and trees enjoyed and valued by everyone and they work to deliver three guiding principles:
i) To enable the creation of more native woods and places rich in trees.
ii) To protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future.
iii) To inspire everyone to enjoy and value woods and trees.
The Trust looks after over 1,200 woodlands which have free and easy access for everyone to enjoy. With a member and supporter base of over 400,000 people its work and influence is growing year on year. Premier recognises the vital role that the charity plays in securing a sustainable future through trees, improving biodiversity and protecting the habitat of native wildlife.
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with just 13 per cent tree cover compared to the European average of 44 per cent.
The Woodland Trust has established home-grown woodland creation projects that offer companies the chance to mitigate their CO2 emissions. At the same time, organisations will also be supporting projects that improve biodiversity, enhance social well-being, help the landscape adapt to climate change and ensure the UK is no longer one of the least wooded nations in Europe. Woodland Carbon provides a strong external message but also has tangible outcomes, trees that can be seen and visited throughout the UK.
The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No 294344) and in Scotland (No SC038885)
TRY PRINTING ON REVIVE OR ECO KRAFT?
Recycled papers like Revive and Eco Kraft (the main paper brands that we use) deliver significant environmental advantages compared to non-recycled papers. Typically, the production of recycled pulp uses up to 70% less energy and at least 15000 fewer litres of water per tonne of pulp. Reusing waste paper instead of virgin wood fibre also helps to reduce pressure on natural forests and diverts waste paper away from landfill, helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases like methane. Take a look at our green product page!
- THE IDEAL MATERIALS IF YOU NEED 100% POST-CONSUMER RECOVERED MATERIAL
- SUITABLE MATERIALS TO HIGHLIGHT CERTAIN ECO VALUES
- APPROPRIATE FOR ALL FORMS OF PRINT, RANGING FROM BUSINESS CARDS TO WEDDING INVITATIONS AND MORE
- REVIVE PAPER IS A BRIGHT WHITE SHEET WITH A SMOOTH SURFACE TO ENSURE PRECISION PRINTING
- KRAFT PAPER IS A BROWN SHEET, THE MATERIAL IS MADE FROM 100% RECYCLED FIBRES - REALLY ADDING THAT ORGANIC FEEL
- BY CHOOSING RECYCLED MATERIALS YOU ARE REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON OLD-GROWTH FOREST WHICH SUPPORT A HUGE RANGE OF PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES.
We recycle every bit of waste paper and card!
Return any unused prints and we will happily recycled the paper/card accordingly and sufficiently.
Help keep our streets tidy!
When you get handed a leaflet/flyer and it has no use to you...simple throw it in the bin, or better yet drop it into a recycling bin.
A FEW HELPFUL TIPS
Does your project need to be this size or can it be smaller?
A reduced format could save paper, ink, water and transportation.
Can you use a lighter/thinner paper for your job?Avoid using heavier paper than is necessary.
Do you really need that many?
The most waste and cost effective formats are A sizes.
All materials and printing presses are based around these.
Remember to proof the design extremely carefully.
This reduces the risk of having to re-print the same job.
Use more white space, not only stylish but this also results in less ink.
The most environmentally friendly method of binding is wire stitching.
The wire stitching can be easily removed during the recycling process...
glue is bad news!
Try to avoid laminating prints.
This renders a product as unrecyclable and un-biodegradable.
Use Litho printing rather than Screen printing.
Screen printing emits more VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) than
litho inks as they need to be more liquid resulting in a higher level of solvents.
Please remember most of the packaging materials used by us in your order is recyclable, so please try to reuse it or put it out for recycling so it can be made back into something useful.