Caring for and assisting the environment is high on the agenda at adverset. Every aspect of both production and administration is analysed regarding the impact on the environment. We are dedicated to continual improvements in our approach to minimising waste, encouraging recycling and improving our carbon footprint. The following systems and procedures are in place:
All paper waste, including printed offcuts is collected and recycled under a controlled waste agreement. All other ‘unprinted’ offcuts are re-deployed as pads and in-house notelets wherever possible. Additionally, all printed office papers are collected for recycling.
Waste Collection & Recyling
All other waste is collected and reprocessed accordingly under a controlled waste disposal agreements.
Ink Waste and Disposal
Through the use of plastic ink cartridges as opposed to traditional tins, wastage is totally eliminated and the sealed cartridges are disposed of environmentally, again through our disposal partners.
All office toner cartridges are refurbished units which are recycled via collection from a local charity organisation.
Our Heidelberg Suprasetter computer to plate system produces printing plates without a chemical process, totally eliminating the use of chemicals and the subsequent waste. The plates are developed using water only – staff therefore also benefit from a totally clean environment.
Printing Plate Recycling
All plates are collected, the aluminium from which is subsequently recycled under a controlled waste agreement.
Vegetable Based Inks
All adverset printed products are produced using vegetable based inks (as opposed to solvent based), wherever possible. Quality of image is not compromised. The plastic ink cartridges are collected and recycled wherever possible.
The Forestry Stewardship Council promotes ‘product stewardship’, the concept being that a company adopting their credentials is capable of tracking the ingredients in paper (or other pulpable items) back to a sustainable source.
The Forestry Stewardship Council is an international organization bringing people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.
adverset’s policy insists that we have a sole provider agreement with a paper merchant who’s main line products are FSC accredited. Thus, our ‘house’ papers, covering most of our main lines are all FSC accredited.
A ‘Duty of Care’ document issued by our supplier is available on request. The document covers Product Stewardship, WWF Forest and Trade Network, Climate Change, Carbon Footprint data gathering, Supply Chain Support, Environmental Management, Social Responsibility etc.
In order to fully cement our commitment to the concept of ‘chain of custody’, we are currently entering into an official FSC accredition programme.
HP Latex Wide Format Printing
We are gradually transposing our display department printing policy onto Latex (aqueous based ink) printing and away from solvent-based inks. Our first Latex printer was purchased in 2015 with this in mind. This also means that all our wallpapers are now printed with Latex technology and are odourless and safe in public areas.
Power usage is carefully monitored throughout the premises and is a major consideration when purchasing new production equipment.
It is company policy that all cars deployed by adverset are diesel models, even under current diesel fuel prices which have risen dramatically over the last few years. Each prospective vehicle is monitored at point of purchase/lease hire regarding emission values and environmental impact. Every effort is taken to reduce these values every three years through the choice of our vehicles.