17 Aug 2018

Melville Graphics goes even greener with ALD

Melville Graphics and ALD

ALD helps take the NEC display services provider to the greener side of the fence

Melville Graphics, part of Melville Exhibition and Event Services who prints and provides display services to the exhibition industry, has taken an important step in underlining its green credentials by deciding to use the services of ALD Industry Ltd for disposal of their PVC banner material – both reinforced and unreinforced.

Nathan Rowe – production manager at Melville Graphics Coventry – explained why this was such a great time to take advantage of the ALD Industry service, it was customer driven and he has photographic evidence to prove it: "The photo is of the guys feeding through the United Business Media (UBM) banners we did for IFSEC 2009. This was the first official show where we were specifically asked to get them recycled as UBM are keen for their contractors to obtain the BS 8901 standard for sustainability in the exhibition and events industry.” BS 8901 is the British Standard that has been developed specifically for the events industry. The standard provides a “framework of good practice and defines the requirements for a sustainable event management system to ensure an enduring and balanced approach to economic activity, environmental responsibility and social progress”.

In today's ecologically aware climate it is important that all aspects of an event are sustainable. Event organisers need to consider the social, economic and environmental impacts of organising their event. Every choice, from the venue and travel arrangements, through to the content of the delegate packs needs be designed to be as ecologically responsible as possible, especially when dealing with non-biodegradable display materials.

Melville is an ISO 14001 company and an “Association of Events Organisers (AEO) Excellence 09 Awards” winner and is therefore very keen to fly the green flag not only for its customers and exhibitors at the NEC but also for Birmingham City Council, the partners for the NEC Group in their environmental aspirations. ISO 14001's sole purpose is to specify a clear framework of control for a company's environmental management system and it makes a powerful statement about any organisation's commitment to the environment giving it internationally recognised "green credentials".

ALD Industry mainly recycles PVC in the UK for ISO 14001 registered companies, and its MD Mike Turner said: “We are delighted to welcome Melville Graphics to our ever growing recycling family and we hope that this move will pave the way for other environmentally concerned exhibition centres and printers to do the same.” Mike's background as the director of The Digital and Screen Printing Association (DSPA now Prism) until the end of 2007 brought him into daily contact with printers who routinely produce display material. As a result he understands industry concerns and has been heavily involved in advising on environmental policy decisions. Mike uses this experience to assist the advertising, display, point of sale and printing industries in formulating environmental policy and can help enable these companies to completely satisfy their customer’s increasingly green requirements.

ALD Industry Ltd is registered with the Environment Agency EAN/953112/CB and can be reached by telephone on: 01483 277387 or 07843 465275. Email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Website: www.aldgroup.co.uk

New report on Current State of Green Printing

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WhatTheyThink, the leading news and information site for the graphic communications industry, announces the immediate availability of Printing Continues to Go Green: An Updated WhatTheyThink Primer on Environmental Sustainability in the Commercial Printing Industry. This 68-page report provides an overview of the state of green printing initiatives in the U.S. commercial printing industry.

The report, an update to a special primer report first published in April 2008, provides the results of a June 2009 survey of commercial printing establishments conducted by WhatTheyThink’s Economics and Research Center, descriptions of the leading green certification organizations—such as the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, the Forest Stewardship Council, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, to name but three—and a variety of steps commercial printers can take toward becoming environmentally sustainable and responsible. The report also seeks to dispel the increasingly common notion that print is more environmentally harmful than electronic media.

Printing Continues to Go Green gathers together secondary research that gauges the real “carbon cost” of a Google search, the environmental impact of the myriad servers and workstations that comprise the Internet, the looming e-waste epidemic, and more.

The report also offers conclusions, recommendations, and strategies both simple and complex for companies that are interested in pursuing green initiatives, as well as resources with which to obtain additional information.

Printing Continues to Go Green is available for online purchase at the WhatTheyThink Store in PDF format

Researcher’s Comments...

“How many times have you heard, ‘We’ve cut down on the use of print to save trees’; ‘Electronic media are more environmentally friendly than print’; ‘Print just clogs landfills’; ‘We’re reducing our carbon footprint by printing less’? We don’t grant the premise that print is less environmentally responsible than other media, but the green printing issue is no longer ‘How green is my printer?’ but has now become ‘How green is print at all?’ Every human activity has an environmental impact of some kind, but it now behooves the printing industry to fight back by showing how environmentally sustainable we can be as an industry.”

According to the Report…

— in a June 2009 survey conducted by WhatTheyThink’s Economics and Research Center, the top green practice that U.S. commercial printers say they have currently implemented is “identify itself in marketing and sales materials and promotions as an environmentally sensitive business,” cited by 33% of all respondents, up from the 26% who said this in a March 2008 survey;

— 43% of all responding companies said that sustainable printing initiatives are “critically important to only a select few customers,” up from 41% in March 2008;

— 26% of all respondents say they plan to implement some form of certification from an environmentally sustainable printing authority, up from 20% in April 2008;

WhatTheyThink reports are available for online purchase at the WhatTheyThink Store in PDF format.


The WhatTheyThink special report, Printing Continues to Go Green: An Updated WhatTheyThink Primer on Environmental Sustainability in the Commercial Printing Industry is available for purchase by visiting the secure WhatTheyThink Store online at https://store.whattheythink.com/operations-management/printing-goes-green. The price for the 68-page report is $195. WhatTheyThink eStore customers can download this report in PDF Acrobat format immediately after purchase. An enterprise site license  for this report is also available for $995.

HP Designjet L65500 Latex printer and JM Textiles' PVC-free media help change jeans

HP Designjet L65500 

When Euro clothing retailer Jeans Only needed new in store imagery for their changing rooms it was vital to have graphics with no residual odour and that meet the highest standards of reduced environmental impact for a retail environment. They also needed high quality and the ability to refresh the imagery across all the European wide based stores.

The combination of the HP Designjet L65500 Latex printer and JM Textiles Mediatex Self Adhesive PVC free media provided the ideal solution. The HP Designjet L65500 with its non-toxic, odour free Latex inks has already won awards for its reduced environmental impact such as the European Digital Press award for Best Environmental Digital Printer 2008.

JM Textiles have long been committed to producing innovative and environmentally benign media. The entire JM Textiles range meets the Öeko-Tex Standard 100 standard one of the most stringent in the world. This standard ensures that end users can have total confidence that the media will have no harmful effect on the environment it is used in.

Andrew Edwards, Sign and Display Divisional Manager, ArtSystems, says: "This is typical of the demands we’re seeing now from both private and public sector clients. Not only do they want products that are more resource efficient and have a reduced environmental impact, they also want them to exceed the productivity of their legacy solutions. The HP Designjet L65500 and JM Textiles media do just this. Print service providers are now winning new business with this double benefit."

In the current economic climate resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact are becoming the core management tools to controlling costs and maximising profits. Solutions like the HP Designjet L65500 and JM Textiles Media are just one example of their practical application.

Epson Announces its “Environmental Vision 2050”

altDuring a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Akihiko Sakai, Executive Officer, Corporate Strategy Office, Seiko Epson Corporation, unveiled the company’s Environmental Vision for the next generation. Speaking on the eve of the European Green Week, Sakai outlined an ambitious multi-part program to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the global community looking towards 2050 and how Epson intends to tackle them over the next 10 years.