21 Jun 2018

Océ accepting applications for 4th annual "Green Reprographer of the Year" award

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Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, today announced its Wide Format Printing Systems division will begin accepting applications for its fourth annual "Green Reprographer of the Year" award. Applicants will be asked to submit, in writing, their achievements in the area of green business practices and explain how these efforts have assisted their customers to meet their own sustainability goals. The winning reprographic firm will be announced on April 28, 2011.

Creation of this award has been driven by Océ's longstanding commitment to help reprographers reach their sustainability goals, and those of their customers, through large format printing solutions that are environmentally conscious without sacrificing print quality.

"Developing environmentally sound business practices continues to be a priority for many reprographers. These forward-thinking companies realise that doing more with less not only applies to their business operations but to their impact on the environment," said Patrick Chapuis, President, Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America. "Océ remains committed to recognizing the reprographers that stand out from their peers in their ability to incorporate sustainability into their own operations and those of their customers."

In an effort to highlight those reprographic firms that have embraced a forward-looking approach to incorporating sustainability into their business model, all applicants will be considered by Océ for future publicity opportunities regarding their sustainability efforts, including interviews and contributed articles with leading reprographic industry publications.

Award Submission Details

WHAT: The Océ "Green Reprographer of the Year" award will recognise the reprographic firm that has made the most compelling strides to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into its business operations.

WHEN: Reprographers can view criteria and submit applications through March 18, 2011 via an online application form, which can be downloaded by visiting www.oceusa.com/greenreproaward.
HOW: Applications will be judged based on the following factors:

  • Products used in the reprographer's business that reduce the impact on the environment
  • Services provided to the reprographer's customers to benefit the environment
  • Changes or improvements to facilities that reduce the impact on the environment
  • Employee programs supporting environmental conservation

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Denise Gustavson, Editor of Wide Format Imaging magazine, Robert Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief of Building Design & Construction magazine, and Ed Avis, principal of Ed Avis Associates, a communications firm specialising in the imaging industry, and author of the 2008 Green Reprographics Handbook.
For more information on this award or the submission process, please visit www.oceusa.com/greenreproaward.

Print industry encouraged to take part in developing environmental standards


The International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committee 130 (TC 130) has recently launched a new Working Group (WG) WG11 to develop a set of standards to cover the environmental impact of print. The Group's remit is closely aligned with those of the Verdigris Project, the not-for-profit print environmental research initiative, run by Digital Dots.

WG11 is currently working on ISO draft 16759, the requirements for measuring the carbon footprint of printed products, and is in the process of producing the first draft which is available for review, with a deadline for comments of the 4th February. Verdigris is encouraging print industry participants with an interest in the environmental impact of print to join WG11 through their national bodies to take an active role in developing the standard.

Commenting on the new Working Group, Verdigris founder, Laurel Brunner, said; "Standards work is time consuming, unforgiving, unrelenting and unpaid, so it's no surprise that printers and publishers are reluctant to do their bit. However the work has a profound and long lasting impact on the industry's competitiveness. It's important because it provides a mechanism for constant improvement in print production means and methods."

The aim of WG11 is, says Brunner, to have the new standard complete by drupa 2012.


“Print Grows Trees” campaign earns Positively Print Exemplary Award at Graph Expo


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The consumer education campaign “Print Grows Trees” launched this past March, received the Positively Print Exemplary Award at Graph Expo 2010 in Chicago.  In an effort to dispel the misconception that by using use less print on paper, trees are saved, the “Print Grows Trees” campaign shows that supporting print on paper actually gives landowners the financial incentive they need to keep America’s woodlands safe from development and managed in a sustainable manner to contribute important ecosystem benefits such as water, wildlife and carbon sequestration.

Sponsored by the Education Fund of Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA), “Print Grows Trees” connects consumers to the private landowners who control almost 60 percent of America’s woodlands. Age, demographics and financial pressures are causing these landowners to sell or transfer land at an alarming rate, and an average of 4,000 acres of forest is being converted to development daily.

“We are delighted and honoured to be recognised by Positively Print at Graph Expo 2010 for our “Print Grows Trees” educational campaign,” said Steve Bearden, Chairman of PGAMA and President of Linemark Printing Inc., Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  “The campaign’s message resonates globally with consumers and printers alike because it clearly addresses the misconception that if we stop using print we’ll save trees.  We all need to think before we don’t print.”

For more information on “Print Grows Trees” contact Kerry Stackpole or visit www.PrintGrowsTrees.com for facts about America’s forests and the paper and printing industry, and a personal account of Jo Pierce who owns 2,000 acres of private woodlands in Maine. “Print Grows Trees” is a trademark of the Education Fund, Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic.


Two Sides tackles “Greenwashing” debate in industry webinar.


"Greenwashing"—over-promoting your "green" credentials—is one of today’s headline-grabbers.  What are the facts?  What’s right?  What’s wrong?  Who decides?  Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, a leading US publication, recently ran a webinar where two experts separated "green" from "greenwashing" in the graphic communications value chain.  What does "sustainability" mean at the intersection of paper, printing and packaging?  In the communications war between pixels and paper, which is really "green?"  What are the metrics that matter?  And how can you avoid "greenwashing" in your own print-versus-pixels business decisions?

CR Magazine Publisher and author of The Post-Carbon Economy Jay Whitehead chaired the no-holds-barred live discussion with two of the world’s top authorities on the pixels-versus-paper sustainability debate:

Martyn Eustace, Director of the Two Sides sustainability initiative took part in the debate, having recently been tackling the issue of “Greenwashing” with leading blue-chip companies including British Telecom (BT), British Gas and Standard Life.  Not only does Martyn have some 30 years industry experience as a former CEO with leading national paper merchant groups Howard Smith Paper and Premier Paper, but he is also a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ turnaround panel, managing director of Newvizion, and worldwide expert in sustainability and effectiveness of the graphic communications value chain.

Martyn presented case study evidence to show how issues with companies such as BT and British Gas had been tackled and how, following lengthy discussions between Two Sides and BT, BT had changed their messaging and stopped using environmentally incorrect messages on their material such as customer statements and their website.

Also taking part in the debate on behalf of the industry was Lewis Fix. Lewis is VP Brand Management & Sustainable Product Development at Domtar Paper.  Lewis is broadly published on the topic of sustainable paper and forest products and manages company relations with the many NGOs in the environmental and forest management communities. Lewis is also a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) pioneer and launched “Truth in Paper”. He has been with Domtar for eight years and seen 14 of Domtar’s 15 mills become FSC certified.

During his presentation, Lewis highlighted what he referred to as the “Six Sins of Greenwashing”. These included elements such as vagueness, irrelevance, fibbing and no proof, all of which have added to the use of Greenwashing by leading international companies.

The one-hour debate highlighted that there is still a lot of work to do if “Greenwashing” is to be removed, but more importantly that companies that are putting out these messages need to be tackled and engaged, as endorsed by Martyn during his contribution.

CR Magazine’s webinar series is widely recognised for bringing today’s hottest sustainability and responsibility topics right to your desktop. There were a large number of participants from corporate and public sector organisations in North America and beyond.

Sihl announces updates to their FSC Certification Programme

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Sihl, LLC has announced updates to its FSC certification program including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification of their Chesapeake, VA site and the addition of new FSC certified product to the Sihl branded portfolio.

"We are very proud of our company’s ability to attain FSC Chain of Custody certification," said Phil Hursh, President and CEO, Sihl, LLC. "Sihl has a long history of developing systems that guarantee our customers receive the products that they ordered in an accurate and consistent fashion and that includes our ability to meet the strict tracking requirements for our FSC labeled products."

Products that carry the FSC logo are manufactured from papers made with cellulose from responsibly managed forests. FSC certified paper grades with FSC labeled packaging is designed to help consumers make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions. Sihl’s TriSolv, PosterColor, TrueColor, Bastille, and DiaJet paper product lines are all FSC certified "Mixed Source" grades.

Sihl, LLC in Chesapeake VA, is the most recent company within the Diatec group of companies to attain FSC COC certification. Sister companies Arkwright Advanced Coatings Inc., USA, Sihl GmbH, Germany and Diatechnologies, France are also FSC / COC certified locations.

Domtar joins the Two Sides Campaign



Two Sides, the initiative to promote the responsible production and use of print and paper, and encourage its use as an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium, continues to add influential global leaders to its list of members. Domtar Corporation, the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, has joined the campaign, helping to take the Two Sides’ message beyond Europe.

“Domtar is proud to be part of the Two Sides campaign. Domtar is at the forefront of the responsible use of paper, and we collaborate with several environmental organizations to encourage environmentally sound, sustainable forestry practices, high levels of recycling and the use of renewable energy at our manufacturing facilities. We’ve joined the Two Sides campaign because it’s another effective way to help achieve two of our primary goals: highlight that paper is environmentally sound and also encourage people to print responsibly,” says Lewis Fix, VP Brand Management & Sustainable Product Development.

Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director, comments: “Domtar has invested heavily in reducing its environmental impact so we are delighted that the company is giving its support to our campaign. They too seek to explode the myths that lead people to think that using paper is damaging to the environment and I am sure we will be useful allies in the effort to re-educate end-users, helping them to recognise that paper is actually the sustainable way to communicate. ”


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