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Sustainable Printing

Our Eco Friendly Printing Range

Did you know that 100% of our print is recyclable? Along with being sustainably sourced and delivered to you in fully recyclable packing, reducing our environmental impact is one of the things that drives what we do and how we do it. The following products aren't just recyclable; they're also printed using fully recycled stock - perfect for the eco-friendly business owner!

Recycled Flyers

Recycled Flyers

Recycled Business Cards

Recycled Business Cards

Recycled Greetings Cards

Recycled Greetings Cards

Recycled Invitations

Recycled Invitations

High Quality Print, Sustainably Sourced

High Quality Print, Sustainably Sourced

That's our promise. And not just across our recycled range. We looked high and low to source the very best paper stocks, and every single one of them (and there are a lot, believe us!) are from FSC® certified suppliers. This means all paper stock based products are available as FSC certified upon request. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an international organisation dedicated to improving responsible management of the world's forests. As well as helping to maintain the world's forests, we use the greenest options available to us for our prints - FSC Mix and FSC Recycled. This covers much more than trees themselves. It ensures that nearby local communities are respected, the habitats of endangered plants and animal species are protected, and that all workers are properly paid.

High Quality Print, Sustainably Sourced

That's our promise. And not just across our recycled range. We looked high and low to source the very best paper stocks, and every single one of them (and there are a lot, believe us!) are from FSC® certified suppliers. This means all paper stock based products are available as FSC certified upon request. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an international organisation dedicated to improving responsible management of the world's forests. As well as helping to maintain the world's forests, we use the greenest options available to us for our prints - FSC Mix and FSC Recycled. This covers much more than trees themselves. It ensures that nearby local communities are respected, the habitats of endangered plants and animal species are protected, and that all workers are properly paid.

Busting the Myths on PrintingBusting the Myths on Printing

Busting the Myths on Printing

Websites like twosides.info have been set up to debunk myths and set out the facts about print industry. There's a general perception around print being an unsustainable.

In fact, a recent survey by twosides.info shows that 60% of consumers believe that European forests are shrinking, when they've actually grown by 44,000km² over the past 10 years.

We're ISO 14001:2015 Certified!We're ISO 14001:2015 Certified!

We're ISO 14001:2015 Certified!

We're certified (and constantly working to) a set of environmentally management standards called ISO 14001:2015. This means, once a year, we're inspected by external auditors (not as scary as it sounds) who measure our environmental impact. They then provide us with a plan on how to be even better for the next year. This means we're always working towards reducing our impact on the environment, which is better for us, you, the planet - everyone, really!

War on Waste

We began our internal war on waste campaign back in 2018, encouraging everyone to commit to reducing waste output with targets set for every department. As part of our initial campaign:

  • We reduced the number of sheets wasted in our Lithographic stream by 52.77%, which includes paper, ink and power for machines as well as chemical usage
  • Our Inkjet stream changed their process and managed to eliminate 100% of their excess waste
  • We installed timers on several of our processes so they'd automatically turn off an reduced power usage on our UV drying processes by one fifth
  • We virtualised all our internal server infrastructure to use less power
  • We've reduced shrink wrapping on business cards by 67%
  • All our packaging is recyclable - even the plastic!
  • We introduced process-less plates on our Lithographic stream that have seen a 100% reduction in the consumption of harmful chemicals
War on Waste

Managing Waste, Responsibly

Being an eco-friendly online printer isn't just about the paper we use and the processes we have in place; making sure that our waste is managed in a responsible way is a key ingredient to our recipe for environmental success.

As well as working with loads of different waste management partners to recycle 97% of our waste output, every single person behind the print has an important part to play too. We train our production team as print producing experts to limit mistakes, have a 10-point studio check so every piece of artwork prints perfectly first time and run an internal war on waste campaign where all departments are set targets for reducing waste output.

Our Energy Saving Policies

As well as our printing processes, we're dedicated to reducing waste in other areas of the business too - which is why we've introduced a range of energy saving policies!

  • Our office air conditioning is set on a timer, meaning it's not on 24/7
  • We have a PC power off policy - all office computers must be switched off at the end of the day
  • We use low energy LED lightbulbs to light up our offices and communal areas
  • We're a host for Rotherham Council's cycle club hub so employees can have their bicycles serviced at work
  • We offer a bike loan service to encourage more employees to start cycling to work
Custom Built Extraction System

Custom Built Extraction System

If you ever visit our factory, one of the first things you'll notice is our impressive custom-built paper extraction system. At every guillotine station in the factory, there's a steel pipe that extracts all paper cuttings and sends them to a giant shredder outside of the building where it is compacted into bales before being collected and recycled - so it's pretty hard to miss!

Custom Built Extraction System

If you ever visit our factory, one of the first things you'll notice is our impressive custom-built paper extraction system. At every guillotine station in the factory, there's a steel pipe that extracts all paper cuttings and sends them to a giant shredder outside of the building where it is compacted into bales before being collected and recycled - so it's pretty hard to miss!

Our Future Plans for Print Sustainability

We're not claiming to be perfect. (Who is?) We've done a lot to reduce our impact on the environment - but we know there's still a long way to go, both for instantprint and the printing industry. To make sure we're paving the way to a better world for both print and planet, here are our future plans.

Reducing Plastic

Reducing Plastic

Finding the balance between strong and supportive packaging and packaging that's easy to recycle is always on our minds. We've recently reduced shrink wrapping on our business cards by 67% and made sure that all the plastic we do use is fully recyclable.

Self-Sufficient Energy

Self-Sufficient Energy

One thing we're super excited about is becoming more self-sufficient when it comes to energy. We're currently in the process of sourcing solar panels for our production facility to help us reach our next goal of being 40% self-sufficient.