The printing industry has made huge gains in reducing environmental impact through a myriad of initiatives
Trees are a default symbol of concern for our environment. So it’s no surprise that for a lot of people, saving paper was their first experience of any kind of environmental awareness. It has a simple appeal – save paper, save trees. But of course, it’s not quite as simple as that. In recent years we have all become familiar with recycling bins in our offices and homes, email messages that request you don’t print them, and even talk of the ‘paperless office’.
But we all know that paper still has its place, and the paperless office is still a long way off, if it is ever to materialise. iPads and the like are still out of the economic reach of many, and incomprehensible to many more. The days of mass paper production might be numbered, but it will remain part of our life for decades to come.
So it’s been vital to find ways of producing paper that minimises environmental damage, or better still has a positive impact on the world around us. This is where forward thinking companies like PMP Print, the printer for Element magazine, come in.
Charles Miller, PMP General Manager Sales and Marketing, says: “We have been working for many years to reduce our impact on the environment. Whilst the industry has been focussed on the environment since the late 80s the term sustainability really became the vogue from about 2003-4. By that time a number of waves of environmental awareness had washed over the printing industry.
“At each new phase of development PMP has considered it, the merits of it and the drivers behind it, and embraced it to maximum effect and as part of a continuous improvement culture. The great thing about sustainability is that it’s good for business. We have our own innate corporate driver towards sustainability but equally there is pressure from clients and the market to be sustainable.”
“In order to minimise environmental impact and increase efficiencies, PMP has now consolidated its operations around the country from seven sites down to three, including its new purpose-designed headquarters in Manukau.”