As part of our Environmental Management System Park Lane Press have implemented the following initiatives.
A reduction into the atmosphere of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC'S)
Since 1999 when Park Lane Press bought their first waterless machine the amount of VOC released into the atmosphere has been reduced by at least 95%. This is because the use of isoproyl alcohol (IPA) or special alcohol substitutes are no longer required, leaving the only VOC's to be used in the press room in the form of cleaning solutions and inks, however alternatives are being researched at the moment.
100% Natural Renewable Energy
From March 2005 we have bought energy from suppliers providing 100% natural renewable energy, our current supplier is Ecotricity and one of the reasons we use them is highlighted on their website "Ecotricity is an electricity company with a difference - we're dedicated to changing the way electricity is made. We take the money our customers spend on electricity and invest it in clean forms of power like wind energy. What's more, we're the only green electricity company actually building these new renewable energy sources. In 2007 alone we invested £25 million in wind energy."
Offsetting Carbon Site Emissions
Park Lane Press have been focused on reducing carbon emissions as part of their Environmental Management System since 2002, from 2005 we have also purchasing carbon credits to offset our usage. We monitor our emissions from company vehicles, staff commuting, chemicals used, utilities, home offices and business transport, these our now offset with the Pure Trust, a DEFRA recommended charity. "All donations to PURE are used to buy and cancel carbon credits that comply with the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting. All carbon credits are bought from renewable energy and efficiency projects because these projects support sustainable development in the countries in which they are located." taken from their website www.puretrust.org.uk.
A reduction in solvent based inks
Park Lane Press have been using non-mineral based inks for 4 colour process work for over six years, and only buy these inks as standard practice. Pantone and metallic inks still contain solvents. Switching to non-mineral based process inks has reduced the amount of VOC's used even further.
A reduction of water usage
Since becoming waterless Park Lane Press's water usage has been cut dramatically, it is estimated a saving of around 70,000 litres a year.
FSC Chain of Custody
Park Lane Press now hold the FSC chain of custody certificate, which means our clients can carry the FSC logo on their printed materials.
Park Lane Press have arranged for the following waste streams to be collected for recycling:
Paper and cardboard
Rags – are washed and returned
Waste coater (only the water at the moment can be extracted and used again)
Empty ink tins
Empty plastic drums and containers.
Plastic packaging that the paper comes wrapped in.