Guide

Printing business environmental impact

Introduction

Printing businesses can have a significant impact on the environment - for example, through their use of solvents, water and energy. You can reduce this impact by taking a systematic approach - either by introducing a formal environmental management system or by adopting a less formal programme of environmental improvements.

Reducing your business' environmental impact and using resources more efficiently can enable you to cut costs, increase profits and gain new business opportunities. You'll also find it easier to comply with environmental legislation and improve your reputation with the growing number of customers and other stakeholders who consider environmental issues important.

This guide looks at how businesses in the printing industry can reduce their environmental impact by cutting energy, water and transport use, and by following the Responsible Print standard.