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The Environment

Environmental Responsibility

Australia’s per capita consumption of paper = 200kg’s p.a., equating to 72kg’s CO2 emissions, versus operating a plasma television 5 hours per day x 6 days per week = 450kg’s CO2 emissions.
Printers and printing is often maligned, given the image of uncaring environmental vandals but a little research will indicate that this is far from the truth. Read on to find what you could do with your printed file to be environmentally sound in your approach.

At FINGER-Printing our House printing stock is supplied by Spicers Paper and all their stocks are required to meet stringent environmental standards.

We also carry a range of recycled stocks and are able to recommend something to suit your requirements.

These days just recycled isn’t enough. Below are a few terms which you may encounter and the best definitions we can find.

Elemental Chlorine Free: Paper made from virgin or recycled fibre which is bleached using alternative chlorine compounds as a substitute for elemental chlorine, reducing harmful by-product.

Processed Chlorine Free: paper made with fibre recycled from post-consumer waste and unbleached or bleached without chlorine. PCF is paper generally considered most environmentally friendly.

Pre-Consumer Fibre: Material collected before it reaches the end user, largely offcuts from paper manufacturers, printers and converters.

Post-Consumer waste: Material that is collected from end-users and recycled. Post consumer fibre is the preferred form of recycled material because it reduces pressure on the remaining forests, saves water and energy and diverts solid waste from landfill.

Soy Ink: is made from soybeans (surprised?). As opposed to more traditional petroleum based ink, soy ink is more environmentally friendly, is available in brighter colours and makes it easier to recycle paper.

Totally Chlorine Free: Paper made from 100% virgin fibre (including alternative fibre from sources other than trees) that is unbleached or bleached with non-chlorine compounds. TCF cannot apply to recycled papers because the fibre source cannot be determined.

Virgin Fibre: is 100% “pure” or new fibre from an original source.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council): an international non-profit organization created in 1993 following the Rio Earth Summit to change the practice of responsible forestry worldwide. The FSC Chain of Custody tracks fibre through its entire processing chain from manufacturer, merchant and printer.

These are only a few but there are some great sites if you’d like to know more:

www.papercalculator.org

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/solutions/setting-up-an-ancient-forest-f/

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