Responsible Sustainability and Eco Friendly Print Practices!

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Eco-friendly printing practices are increasingly important considerations for print providers and their clients.

Here are some key aspects of sustainability in the printing industry:

Use of Environmentally Friendly Materials:

  • Choose papers that are certified by reputable organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), indicating that they come from responsibly managed forests.
  • Explore alternative paper options, such as recycled paper or paper made from agricultural residues or non-wood fibers.
  • Consider vegetable-based or soy-based inks, which are derived from renewable resources and produce fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than traditional petroleum-based inks.

Energy Efficiency:

  • Invest in energy-efficient printing equipment, such as offset presses with energy-saving features or digital printers with low power consumption.
  • Optimise printing processes to minimise energy use, such as scheduling print jobs to maximise press efficiency and reducing idle time.

Waste Reduction and Recycling:

  • Implement practices to minimise paper waste, such as printing on-demand or using digital proofs instead of physical ones.
  • Set up recycling programs for paper waste, ink cartridges, and other printing-related materials.
  • Explore options for recycling or repurposing printing by-products, such as converting paper waste into compost or using leftover ink for other applications.

Water Conservation:

  • Implement water-saving measures in printing processes, such as using waterless offset printing technology.
  • Monitor and optimise water usage in equipment cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Emissions Reduction:

  • Invest in emission control technologies to minimize air pollutants generated during printing processes.
  • Explore offset printing presses equipped with closed-loop systems that capture and recirculate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted during printing.

Sustainable Packaging:

  • Choose packaging materials that are recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable.
  • Optimise packaging design to minimise material usage and reduce environmental impact during transportation and disposal.

Certifications and Standards:

  • Obtain certifications such as the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification to demonstrate commitment to sustainability.
  • Adhere to industry standards and guidelines for environmentally responsible printing practices.

Education and Awareness:

  • Educate employees and clients about the importance of sustainability in printing and the benefits of eco-friendly practices.
  • Provide resources and guidance on sustainable paper choices, ink options, and waste reduction strategies.

By adopting sustainable practices in printing, EPM Print Group has reduced our environmental footprint, meet the growing demand for eco-friendly products and services, and contribute to a healthier planet for future generations. Something we are very proud and conscious and aware of.

EPM Print Group, as a long term, local Queensland business and market leading print solutions agency, can assist with brand management and growth right across Australia. If your business would like to be supported by a professional, reliable, cost effective business solution, reach out to our team at

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