Beware False Prophets

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner When it comes to claims relating to environmental certifications, always question the source. There has been a glut of announcements recently by manufacturers claiming that their products are certified to international standards. One ink company is offering products that meet the Cradle to Cradle standard, a standard which … Read more

Retail Sector Setting the Scene

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Marks & Spencer, a global retailer best known for knickers, socks and divine foods, has recently reported on progress with its Plan A. The 107 environmental commitments enshrined in this plan were originally outlined in 2014, with a goal of achieving them all by 2025. So far 64 … Read more

Pushing Ahead with Deinking

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner The work on ISO 21331, the ISO standard for assessing the deinkability potential of printed matter, is mired in industry politics. However the market really doesn’t care a jot and is moving on regardless. This is a problem for the maneuvering politicians in the paper industry because it … Read more

Partnering for the Environment

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner Efforts to improve the environmental footprint of print take many forms. However the only ones likely to make a difference generally coincide with commercial interests. Owners of such efforts are in a slippery position in that they potentially lay themselves open to charges of greenwashing and exploitation, no … Read more

Green Marks and Ecolabels

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner There are plenty of organisations offering to sell you an ecolabel of some description. But many of these are self-certified labels that actually have little meaning. Their adjudicators are happy to take your money, but do little to make any real difference to the environmental impact of products … Read more