SM1 Print | Green Policy

Green Policy

Our Concern

It’s no secret that Earth is being impacted by the way that we live and work, therefore we constantly think about how we can sustain this wonderful planet we call ‘Home’ and share some of the responsibility in sustaining it.

We don’t just make it our mission to ensure that the products and services we offer are sourced in an environmentally conscious way. We also make personal changes, like lowering our carbon footprint by walking to walk, wearing ethically made clothing and we are not impartial to re-using a tea bag to lower our food waste!

We operate our Studio to ensure that our end products have minimal impact on the environment and constantly check our procedures and implement new ones where possible.

Packaging

Our Kraft and White Boxes are made from recycled cardboard. We are currently looking into strong paper bags for our smaller orders, however, our plastic bags are 100% recyclable.

Recycling

We do our best to reduce waste, by printing in the most efficient way which reduces off-cuts and unnecessary usage of paper, ink and toners. However, any waste we do have is shredded, collected and recycled by our waste management company, New Leaf.

Paper

Our Bond, Pulp and Kraft papers are made from 100% recycled materials. Our uncoated and coated paper including Matt and Silk are 55% recycled and all of our paper is Certified by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is a non-profit organisation who ensure a wood or wood-based product is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post-consumer waste.

As well as helping to improve the environmental impact of our work, these paper stocks provide a higher quality print. These paper stocks contain fewer imperfections so are brighter and smoother, providing a more vibrant colour reproduction. We also bulk order our materials to reduce how many times a van has to drive to us, and we use a paper merchant who uses an eco-friendly fleet.

Inks & Toners

Without compromising quality, we use non-toxic vegetable-based inks instead of mineral oil which reduces our usage of fossil fuels. The toners used for our Xerox Digital printers are also collected and recycled via the Xerox Green World Alliance which has kept ‘more than 145 million pounds of waste out of landfills’. This means that no matter what you order, you can ensure that you are contributing to the health of the environment.

Our Environmental Policy

We are committed to conducting our activities and operations in line with current legislation and best environmental practice, seeking continual improvement and innovation within our businesses and activities.

SM1 Print Studio has implemented an internal environmental policy to ensure it meets these aims. The policy means the company will:

  • Set and monitor environmental objectives and targets and continually strive to improve;
  • Reduce waste and the consumption of resources and ensure unavoidable waste is recycled, reused or recovered, where possible, or disposed of responsibly;
  • Implement procedures to detect and, where possible, prevent pollution through accidental emissions or effluent discharges;
  • Foster a sense of responsibility for the environment among our staff and ensure they act in accordance with our policy;
  • Monitor and, where possible, reduce the impact of our activities on the local and general environment;
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

We are committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations wherever possible and are conscious that our products will impact your business also.