Are we delighted to be awarded ISO 14001:2015? Yes and but it is only half our story. To obtain the accreditation requires a lot of systems to be put in place and best practices to be implemented and it is great that we have official recognition of our efforts to be an environmentally friendly printing company.
However we take a more holistic approach to our environmental responsibilities which start at the quite literally the ground up – our building. It is packed with green technologies:
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The introduction of oil-soluble inks in the 1920s heralded the era of synthetic resin media, while in 1936, petroleum distillates were introduced to create the two-phase quick-setting mechanism that was, until the arrival of water-based printing inks, the primary option for letterpress and lithographic printing. With ‘oil-based’ paints came the need for the use of strong solvents, which as you can understand, does not convey the message of ‘environmentally friendly’ materials. We have always taken this aspect of printing very seriously and not only disposed of any waste in a responsible manner, but also targeted the elimination of as much waste as possible.
Today’s water-based inks, such as HP Latex inks are becoming more frequently used in commercial printing circles. HP’s Indigo digital presses are designed with the environment in mind, taking into account the full product lifecycle, supply chain, and end of life. Such digital presses consume less electricity when in operation, helping us to also minimise our carbon footprint.
Like ourselves, many of our clients are equally keen to minimise the impact their business has on the environment. There are also a great many businesses who are physically involved in what today is known as a ‘green culture’. Coming to a printer which has and ISO 14001:2015 Accreditation for Environmental Management means that your own green credentials won’t be compromised. It makes sense to run a campaign on the importance of recycling when the paper and ink used cannot, itself, be recycled.
In conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Accreditation, ISO 14001:2015 Accreditation for Environmental Management is also further assurance that the company you are dealing with, such as the Entwistle Group, is operating at maximum efficiency while creating minimum wastage. Why should this be important to you? Because the greater the efficiency, the lower the cost of the final product. While the Entwistle group continues to expand its capabilities, this has been achieved in a highly competitive market where quality is everything and price is highly sensitive.
We can’t reduce the quality of our inks and we can’t reduce the quality of our paper to cut corners, both will be all too apparent from the results. Thus, to continue to be highly competitive, how we operate our business was the only area we could make a difference to the cost of our products. We now have the proof with these two accreditations, while you also have the added reassurance that you are dealing with a company that does not shirk from its responsibility to the environment.
Many of you may have seen the Forest Stewardship Council’s ‘green tick’ logo on timber products, which gives you peace of mind that in buying that product, you are not contributing to the devastating impact global deforestation is having on our environment. Part of our commitment to the ISO 14001:15 certification is the use of paper that ‘comes’ with the FSC green tick. Clearly, we can’t use the logo on every individual item we print, but we can do everything we can to make it apparent that we do more than ‘talk’ about environmental concerns.
FSC UK is a charitable organisation which was founded in 1993 when it first became obvious we couldn’t continue to cut down forests at the rate we were, without putting measures in place to ensure that timber which was being harvested was also being replaced. We are already reaping the benefits of this scheme as much of the wood used in the paper industry today is now being harvested from trees that were planted in the 1990s.
The Entwistle group has continually led the way whether continually and consistently meeting the exacting requirements of clients, while also meeting all the associated environmental challenges with the same level of commitment.
To learn more about the ‘green credentials’ of the Entwistle Group, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to explain in greater detail just what we have been able to achieve to minimise our environmental impact.