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Environmentally responsible print

Print production uses energy and resources but at plus5ive we focus on minimising that usage by supplying alternatives to conventional approaches.

Waste reduction

We offer our clients solutions that supply communication success while printing less. We offer cleaner processes that help reduce waste and use friendlier materials such as post–consumer recycled and FSC certified papers. Making these solutions readily available assists you in printing more responsibly.

Working practices

At plus5ive we produce and fulfil in an electronic, networked environment. We communicate with our clients via the internet or other networked solutions enabling them to view and approve artwork electronically. This significantly reduces the usage of materials to transfer content (paper, CDs DVDs, proofing materials, packaging material) and the emissions used to deliver the content (post, bike, courier, taxi).

Digital and dry-offset printing

Digital printing benefits from not using plates, almost zero paper wastage and the ability to print to exact required capacity, all of which reduce the environmental impact. The removal of plates from the print process eliminates fountain solutions and reduces the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by the use of ablative plates that require no chemical processing and require very few sheets to reach optimal colour and registration thus dramatically reducing paper wastage.

Paper & recycling

At plus5ive we are 100% committed to recycling: every scrap of waste paper is recycled and we are careful to use both sides of every sheet for our in-house paperwork — a small step but just imagine if all 6.5 billion of us could halve our office paper use.

We are equally careful to ensure that our suppliers share the same values. We source paper and card made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainable sources using Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) cleaning methods. At every stage of production and administration, paper waste is minimised and recycling is a top priority.

Recycling should not be confused with recycled paper. While we can and do source a range of recycled paper for printing, we feel that the levels of ecologically-unfriendly bleaching agents required to recycle paper to a high enough quality for print are unacceptable. Instead, we believe that the most ecologically sensitive solution is to print on paper made from virgin pulp and to pursue an active recycling programme from this point on. The paper we have finished with is recycled into newsprint, which itself goes on to become packaging board. From forest to packaging, recycling maximises the life span of this valuable resource.

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