We are EMAS

Eleven printers in the UK have managed it and we’re the smallest. It was a proud day when we got the news in March 2014. It’s not the certificate, but what it forces you to do. We had to examine every aspect of our business and fix even the tiniest things. No hiding place. Lots of lessons. It made us better printers.

We use solar power

Our solar panels arrived in August 2013 and go a long way to powering two of our main presses. They also look beautiful.In 2014/15, which was our first full accounting year for our solar panels, 49.8% of our electricity came from solar in building 2, and as much as 75% during the summer, which is amazing.

We use renewable energy

Aside from solar power, the rest of our energy comes from Ecotricity, the world’s first green electricity company and still the most advanced. They invest more in creating renewable energy than all other UK suppliers put together. Like us, they’re EMAS certified. Their customer service is great. We’re on the 100% Green Energy tariff. Recommended.

We plant trees

Alder. Beech. Broom. Crab apple.
 Dogwood. Gorse. Hazel. Juniper. Lime. Maple. Rowan.
 Scots pine. 
Sweet chestnut.
 Walnut. Wild cherry. 
Wild pear.
 Wild plum. 
Wych elm. Yew. So far, we’ve funded the planting of 2,855 trees in the UK

We are carbon neutral

We have been for many years. A zero carbon footprint is a good target because it focuses attention and makes you gather the data. Our offsetting programme involves funding the Rio Ceramics Project in Pinheiral City, Brazil. The project replaces heavy oil with renewable biomass to generate energy at three ceramic brick factories, creating local jobs in the process.

We use FSC paper

The Forest Stewardship Council certificate is the best guarantee that a product comes from a well-managed forest – the only one to be recommended by Greenpeace. The criteria are to conserve biological diversity and ancient forests, protect indigenous groups and combat climate change. It’s voluntary in the print industry, but one day we hope it will be mandatory.

We use vegetable inks

They’re better for the planet and they’re better quality. We’ve been using them since the last millennium. We also use computer-to-plate technology that removes the need for toxic chemicals. Our B2 Press is super-efficient on ink and energy, which is partly why we chose it in 2011.