26 Jan 2021

Perfect Colours adds NatureWoven ‘green’ media to product line-up

Perfect Colours Naturewoven

Perfect Colours, a London-based value added reseller of large format digital printing solutions, has announced that it is now able to offer its customers a new range of environmentally-friendly print media.

NatureWoven™ media is biodegradable and compostable and offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to the widely-used oil-based materials such as PVC.  It can be used for numerous applications within the advertising and retail industries including billboard and large-scale graphic displays.

NatureWoven media is made from predominantly sustainable plant fibres such as natural latex and cotton from the rubber tree.  It is 100% biodegradable and fully compostable - thereby reducing landfill waste – and is compatible with all industry-standard printers.

Jason Burroughs, managing director of Perfect Colours, comments, “As well as being a green alternative to PVC-based media, NatureWoven is priced extremely competitively when compared to non-green products.  It specifically addresses the evermore important environmental and corporate social responsibility concerns of brand owners and printers across the globe.”

“Increased government legislation and consumer demand is driving the move towards a more sustainable, biodegradable approach in business and NatureWoven enables companies to align their ‘green’ initiatives with the output they are creating,” he summarises.

For more information on NatureWoven, please visit http://www.perfectcolours.com/inks-and-media/naturewoven-media

Neschen ‘Taking the “PVC” out of Print’ at EcoPrint 2012

Frank Seemann Neschen

Neschen AG demonstrate why taking the PVC out of their products makes a contribution to any company's sustainable performance.

Through its motto: "ideas for success", Neschen is committed to helping its partners to successfully market their products and services.

The graphics product portfolio ranges from finishing, protection and mounting films to print media which can be used with modern digital printing technology for avant-garde architecture, decoration and advertising.

Frank Seemann, Marketing Director, explains, ‘The decision to take part in EcoPrint was a logical one for us as we at Neschen see the trend for sustainable products growing. Some of the many aspects relating to this topic are "green" mounting and laminating print media, efficient processes or material and energy savings. Neschen is therefore active on many fronts at the same time’.

PVC is used considerably by the wide format print sector largely because it offers a relatively cheap and robust media option for those wanting to buy mass volume, cheap product. And in response to this, Neschen is innovating in order to reduce the use of PVC in the print sector. Frank continues, ‘One approach Neschen is focusing on is innovation to create PVC-free media. For example, the Erfurt wallpaper CA by Neschen, is made entirely of fleece. The cellular and textile fibres used are free of PVC and softeners; they do not emit any aromatic compounds and acrylics which can be damaging to health. The New York material database ConneXion even lists the Erfurt wallpaper CA in the category "Naturals"’.

But why is PVC considered to be so bad? The Greenpeace helps by stating the following:

‘From its manufacture to its disposal, PVC emits toxic compounds. During the manufacture of the building block ingredients of PVC (such as vinyl chloride monomer) dioxin and other persistent pollutants are emitted into the air, water and land, which present both acute and chronic health hazards. During use, PVC products can leach toxic additives, for example flooring can release softeners called phthalates. When PVC reaches the end of its useful life, it can be either landfilled, where it leaches toxic additives or incinerated, again emitting dioxin and heavy metals. When PVC burns in accidental fires, hydrogen chloride gas and dioxin are formed.‘

Neschen is also replacing PVC through the focus in use of polypropylene in banner construction.

So why is Polypropylene considered to be better?

Frank says ‘This simply structured synthetic is a compound of the two elements, carbon (C) and hydrogen (H). On combustion of the raw material or the PP film, only water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are released. There are no other environmental or health-damaging by-products. Modern cleaning and filter plants also reduce the emission of the climate killer CO2 to a minimum which is actually ideal for Germany, where refuse is usually incinerated. This is in marked contrast to many other types of synthetics which have to be disposed of specially and often severely harm the environment.’

EcoPrint continues to develop with valuable additions to an exhibitor base fully focused on sustainable innovation that, in tandem with a strong content programme, will provide the print sector with the most focused forum for sustainable innovation in print, there has ever been.

Register now at EcoPrint 2012 www.ecoprintshow.com

PaperlinX successfully expands its YoYo recycling service

Paperlinx Yoyo Vehicle

International paper merchant PaperlinX has successfully expanded its recycling service called YoYo. Initially designed to make it easier for offices to recycle waste paper, the programme now extends to recover additional waste materials for Robert Horne Group, The Paper Company and Howard Smith Paper Group commercial print customers, and Robert Horne Group sign and display customers. The service operates both in the UK and via Ospap in Continental Europe.

In the UK, PaperlinX supply chain partners include over 600 local and national expert waste service providers. By operating a highly flexible brokerage model, the company is able to tailor-make individual solutions for each customer to meet their specific service needs. In direct response to customer demand, PaperlinX extended the programme to recover additional segregated materials in paper, plastic and aluminium, to create second life products. The efficient logistics operation both saves raw materials and provides customers with recycled product options.

Customer feedback has been really positive. “We are delighted with the way the programme is delivering real customer value,” says Bob Latham, Head of Sustainability at PaperlinX.

Gary Hassell, Director, Aurora Graphics, Birmingham adds, “The YoYo recycling scheme has significantly improved our recycling rates and has enhanced our company’s sustainable credentials.”

“We are delighted with the services supplied by YoYo,” says Martin Wheatley of Melville Exhibitions in Coventry. “Since we started at our Coventry site we have seen both an increase in recycling and a reduction in costs. We have now awarded YoYo contracts to our five other UK sites and we anticipate useful administration savings as well as management information for waste compliance regulations.”

Commenting on the service, Richard Green, Director, Sign Specialists, Birmingham says, “We are very impressed with the new YoYo recycling scheme, it works extremely well in terms of managing our waste and has improved our recycling rates and manufacturing efficiencies.”

Following the success of the UK service, the first YoYo scheme on the Continent is running at PaperlinX’s Czech Republic subsidiary, Ospap. Over a twelve month pilot, the company has seen a rapid rise in customer demand for its collection and materials sorting service. Last month nearly 200 tonnes of materials were recovered and sorted. In addition, utilising its own logistics for returns has also helped the company enhance the carbon efficiency of its delivery fleet.

International Paper releases 4th issue of 'Green' Newspaper

The Environmental Post

International Paper has produced the fourth issue of The Environmental Post, the company’s very own “Green Newspaper” which contains news, features and facts on the latest developments at International Paper - and the paper industry in general - in the area of sustainability and the environment.

The new issue of The Environmental Post highlights International Paper EMEA’s initiative to align and formalise the environmental policy of its two core businesses in the region, Papers EMEA and EMEA Packaging. The policy has been embarked upon in response to customer demand for greater transparency, and centres around four platforms. These are

  • managing natural resources
  • managing its footprint
  • recycling
  • product innovation.

The initiative is an important milestone in International Paper’s efforts to improve its environmental performance and communication, and also includes the production of materials aimed at both customers and employees.

Also included within The Environmental Post are news items informing that two more of International Paper’s mills at Kwidzyn and Luiz Antonio have successfully passed the European Ecolabel audit, which will allow International Paper to apply the Ecolabel logo to its paper brands from these two mills.

With its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index, International Paper has also been included on one of the most respected “good company” lists, in recognition of its successful and ongoing sustainability efforts.

Other topics featured within The Environmental Post include the release of International Paper’s latest 2010 Sustainability Report, documenting a wide range of topics and issues, including the company’s environmental performance and practices throughout the year.

Another publication recently released by International Paper EMEA is The Little Book of Commonsense, a new booklet which explains why paper is the real sustainable choice, and also provides some commonsense pointers to the paper discussion. The Littlebook of Commonsense is available in nine languages and can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All of International Paper’s corrugated packaging plants in France have now been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which will provide International Paper’s customers with a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products.

The Environmental Post also reports on the success of the Two Sides campaign, in which some 27 major UK corporates, including banks, building societies, utilities and telecoms, have all been persuade to change or amend their e-billing messages. International Paper supports Two Sides, contributing financially every year to its development.

And finally, readers of The Environmental Post are invited to test their paper & forest knowledge, with a fun, online quiz about our precious natural resource. Readers can find out how by entering at www.internationalpaper.com/EMEA/Forest

For copies of The Environmental Post, please contact Mike Robertson, International Paper’s UK & Ireland Country Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hollywood Monster signs up for recycling initiative and saves 30% in landfill costs

Hollywood Monster Daren Hollins

A leading signs and graphics specialist and a display materials supplier have joined forces under a new eco-friendly initiative that aims to boost their waste recycling and save them money.  The Pyramid Recycling Initiative means hundreds of tons of waste, including PVC, acrylic, polypropylene, aluminium composite and polycarbonate, which may otherwise have been sent to land-fill will instead be recycled.

The move means that Birmingham-based Hollywood Monster, and Pyramid Display Materials, which has bases in Birmingham, Manchester and Gateshead, will reduce their carbon footprint, improve their green credentials and save money in the process.  In one month alone, Hollywood Monster has saved over 30% of its land-fill costs.

Pyramid’s head of sales and marketing Neil McCarthy said the company used the move to its new 40,000 sq ft property in Manchester earlier this year to completely review its waste and recycling policy.  The company had previously had some recycling initiatives in place but was also paying to have several wheelie bins of mixed waste material removed every other day. The same procedure was operated by branches in Birmingham and Gateshead. Pyramid now works with a company called RETECH, based in Halifax, which supplies all its branches with separate metal cages for seven separate waste categories. The initiative has been so successful it has extended it to selected customers including Hollywood Monster.

Pyramid uses a separate recycling company for its paper and board and general mixed waste. All waste - the majority from cutting and converting for customers - is carefully separated and put into the relevant cage, he said.

Some materials that contain different products like self-adhesive vinyl (PVC face film and paper liner) have to go in mixed waste. For all RETECH cage waste the company receives an agreed price per ton, per category. It currently recycles around 30 tons of waste per month.

Hollywood Monster facilities manager Daren Hollins said: “Hollywood Monster has a strong commitment to introducing and improving ways of combating waste. We always do what we can to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. By working with our suppliers we are able to recycle as many products as possible.”

Neil added: “We are delighted to be able to help Hollywood Monster with their recycling initiatives. As Pyramid, from our own waste we now recycle over 30 tons of various display materials including polypropylene, aluminium composite and foam PVC to name but a few.

“When Hollywood Monster asked if we could help them with their own waste we were more than happy to assist by supplying them with recycling cages. It has created a win-win situation for both companies.”

[photo shows Hollywood Monster's facilities manager, Darren Hollins]

Antalis McNaughton supports FSC Friday

Antalis Fscfriday

Antalis McNaughton has sponsored 7,500 sheets of Cocoon Silk 100% recycled 300gsm paper and 40 boxes of FSC self adhesive labels for posters and leaflets to promote FSC Friday.  FSC Friday is an annual celebration of responsible forestry. Each year, schools, businesses, youth groups and other organisations from across the country get involved in spreading the word about FSC and responsible forestry. This year, it will take place on September 30th.

Matthew Botfield, Environment Manager for Antalis McNaughton commented: “We are delighted to supply the paper and labels to promote this years’ FSC Friday.  Our partnership with FSC is an important factor in our continuing journey to improve the sustainability of our business and to help our customers do the same.”

Last year Antalis McNaughton received the prestigious FSC Global Partner Award for outstanding achievements in promoting the FSC brand.  Antalis McNaughton has been working with FSC since 2003 when they became certified for chain of custody in the UK.

Cocoon Silk is a high quality coated paper and board range made entirely from 100% genuine de-inked post consumer waste. Cocoon Silk 100 offers a bright white shade and clean appearance along with excellent print results. Available in 100gsm to 350gsm, Cocoon Silk 100 is FSC certified.