Catton Print are aware of the environmental impact of the printing industry and, as ever, we try to be as kind to the environment as possible.
We now use computer-to-plate technology, thus avoiding the use of film, and plate processing is chemical-free, now only using water to process plates. This process uses the latest Agfa Azura plate technology that ensures the system is as environmentally friendly as it can be.
Most inks used are vegetable based.
Unavoidable cleaning chemistry and waste ink is collected by a registered waste reclamation company required by law to be removed responsibly. In addition to waste paper, all recyclable waste is now sent to recycling centres, reducing what we send to landfill to less than 25% of what it was a few years ago
We have all seen the footers on e-mails urging us not to print the contents for fear of destroying the planet, and are constantly being urged to recycle paper, but there is another side to the story which you may not realise.
While it’s true that collecting used paper and recycling it into new products is good for the environment, there’s a catch. The wood fibres in paper can be recycled only about five times before they get too weak and break down. That’s why we need fresh fibre harvested from responsibly managed forests, too. Using fresh fibre creates a sustainable cycle of high-quality recyclable material to continually replenish recycled fibre. And the paper industry’s perpetual use of trees discourages the sell-off of land for development, encourages sustainable forestry practices and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs.
To make the global fibre supply work, a continual input of fresh fibre is needed depending on the grade of paper manufactured (from 34% for tissue to 89% for printing and writing papers). Without this continual addition of fresh fibre, the supply of usable recycled fibre available to manufacture new products would last only a few months, depending on the grade of paper being manufactured (from 1.5 months for printing and writing papers to 17.5 months for tissue).
Where profitable, timber management and the revenues it generates can serve as a hedge against the conversion of forest land to other uses such as property development.
The mailing industry provides millions of jobs and trillions in sales revenue. The production, distribution and handling of mail (including paper and printing) accounts for over 2 million jobs and over $260 million in sales revenue in the US alone.
Trees are a crop - if the crop ceases to be profitable land owners will cease planting trees.
At Catton Print we go to great lengths to ensure that the paper we use comes from sustainable forests.