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Environmental Book Printing Policies

The evolution of our environmental policies

The continual evaluation of our processes, working practices and environmental impact is essential for us. Here is just some of what we do at Printondemand-worldwide:

Waste and Recycling

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

We have always been conscious and proactive when it comes to reducing unnecessary waste. Digital print, by its very nature, is in general a less wasteful process than lithographic printing; however we feel it is important for us to continue to reduce wastage and reuse and recycle materials where possible.

What we do:

  • Our Océ digital mono presses allow the use of large format paper. This advance means that we are now able to print royal sized books 4up per sheet of paper, reducing the amount of paper used and saving an estimated 4 tonnes per year
  • 75% of our stocks are supplied bulk packed, reducing the amount of packaging involved
  • 80% of the paper used in production is supplied pre-cut to our specifications by our paper suppliers, resulting in minimum quantities of off-cut wastage
  • Where paper trimmings are produced during the production process, these are all gathered in marked containers and sent to a specialist paper recycling plant along with cardboard waste
  • We separate and recycle all paper and cardboard products consumed on site
  • We collect and recycle plastic and metal from food and drink packaging at the premises



"Over 20% of all UK carbon emissions come from cars and lorries on the road." CTC (The UK's National Cycling Organisation)

Not only do we try to ‘go green’ when thinking about our site and our production processes, we also monitor our transport policies to ensure we are being as environmentally conscious as we can!

What we do:

  • Where company transport is used, company mileage is recorded and evaluated to ensure we are not making unnecessary journeys 
  • All company vehicles are diesel; they burn less fuel than petrol vehicles over a given distance, which means fewer CO2 emissions
  • We promote amongst our staff both the economical and environmental benefits of sharing a car to work and to use good driving practices to save fuel 

How can we go further?

We know there’s more to be done. 

  • We plan to spend 2016 looking into affordable yet effective ways to implement the use of biodiesel with our vehicles
  • We're implementing a cycle to work scheme, where the company pays 50% of the costs towards a new bicycle with an interest free loan attached to the remaining costs. This is aimed at making cycling a more viable mode of transport to work, as well as a healthier one!

Energy Saving

Times have changed…

We all know the cost of energy has increased over the years! In that time, so too has the demand for our services and the amount of energy required to run our premises.

What’s more, we know that a significant proportion of CO2 emissions come from business-related activities. While we have been successful in reducing our energy levels last year, striving to tackle climate change, we feel there is still plenty to be done to reduce this further over the coming year!

We evaluate our practices constantly, and work with various companies across the country, which guide us in how we can save energy.

What we do:

  • We have had Brighter Green, a carbon reduction consultancy firm, review our energy usage and advise us on ways in which we can not only save energy, but save a few pennies whilst we are at it! This review is now taken into consideration for a plan for this year and in the future.
  • The BREEAM certification of our premises indicates the building’s reduced energy consumption in relation to heating and lighting, thanks to specially designed walls, the use of natural lighting where possible and the installation of low-energy consumption heating, our builing complies to all of these specifications.
  • Our ISO 14001 compliance means we have a framework of energy-saving initiatives, from installing energy efficient light bulbs to a ‘lights off’ policy in the office.

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Useful resources:

  • East of England Business Champion Winners 2011
  • PEFC
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001
  • Breeam Building
  • BPIF Members
  • Investors in the Environment Green Award 2012