Carbon Balancing Paper & Print - What Is It All About?

carbon balancing print and paper
23rd Mar 2020
Posted By Chloe Steele

It goes without saying how important reducing our carbon footprint is, and over the last decade more and more measures have been put in place to ensure everyone can be a part of supporting this.

At CCM, we take pride in our ability to support environmentally friendly practices and are keen to help you carbon balance your future print requirements.

Carbon Balancing - What is it?

World Land Trust (WLT) explains what Carbon Balancing is; the process whereby an individual or company takes action to prevent the release of emissions elsewhere, or secures the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide, of an amount that matches or exceeds their own unavoidable emissions (Source: WLT Website 2020).

Put into simpler terms, Carbon Balancing is where the carbon impacts of a product or service have been estimated and an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide is either prevented from being released into, or is absorbed from, the atmosphere. By all doing our bit, we can help to make a real positive impact upon the environment, and carbon balanced print is an easy way to start. But why? To date, World Land Trust has helped secure more than 600,00 acres of threatened habitat in 20 countries!

How to reduce your environmental impact through print

As a forward-thinking business, we are continually seeking greener initiatives as well as encouraging others to think about what environmental changes they can begin to make. From reducing our waste in the warehouse and donating unused resources to local businesses, to working with accredited, trusted print suppliers to offer environmentally friendly products, we ensure that we do our bit to help reduce our carbon footprint within the print industry both regionally and nationally.

Contrary to popular belief, forests used in the papermaking industry are well managed and sustainable with certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) ensuring that paper comes from sustainable forest sources. The print suppliers we work closely with all hold these certifications and are also ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited, the internationally recognised standards for quality and environmental management.

Many of our customers are becoming more conscious about their own carbon footprint and the paper that they print on. Should a customer require an environmentally friendly print process, we are proud of our capabilities to work to the brief and offer the likes of recycled paper and vegetable oil inks.

Interested in finding out more information? Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today to see how we can help you produce more environmentally friendly print.