At Route 1 Print, we take sustainability very seriously. We want you to know that when you choose us to be your print supplier, you can rest assured that we are doing what we can to make our factory environmentally friendly. Whether we’re in the office, or on the production floor, here are some of the sustainable choices we make…
We are proud to be an ISO 14001 certified business. That means we operate according to a strict set of internationally recognised standards for environmental business practice. The ISO 14001 covers all sorts of business activity, from air pollution to soil contamination, so we can be sure that we’re doing everything we can to be environmentally friendly.
Being an ISO 14001 certified company also means we get regularly audited to make sure that we continue to be environmentally friendly in the future.
You’ll be pleased to know that we only use materials that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC). This means all our paper and cardboard comes from sustainably managed forests.
You’ll see the FSC logo on all of our packaging and, if you like, we can add the FSC logo to your artwork too. If you’re interested in this, please get in touch with your account manager for more details.
FSC Certification for compliant products is available on request
As you can imagine for a printing company, paper and cardboard are our main forms of waste. Thankfully, we are able to recycle all of this through our factory’s extraction system. Excess paper or cardboard is pulled directly from our machines via a suction extractor and carried straight into our recycling tips.
We also recycle our litho printing plates, our plastic packaging, and our electronic waste (through our WEEE certified waste disposal partner).
By weight, 97% of our material waste is recycled and 82% of our chemical waste is also recycled.
When we give standardised quantity options, we realise that we are sometimes forcing clients to order more print than they really need. This overproduction can mean a lot of waste for either us or our clients. So, wherever possible, we have introduced the option for custom quantities.
On applicable product ranges, if you cannot see the quantity option you need, you don’t have to order more than necessary. You can enter exactly the right amount – saving you money as well as minimising waste.
Outside of the factory, there’s still a lot that we do to reduce waste and promote sustainability. All of our office PCs are upgraded to implement automatic shutdowns every night. We have also invested in energy-efficient air conditioning and LED lighting.
Plus, we are trying to attain some solar panels for our factory roof. Once installed, these solar panels could generate more than 1000kWh and save us an estimated 250 tonnes of CO2 per year!
Our factory and offices are powered on 100% renewable energy! This is thanks to our energy supply contract with EON where we have opted for renewable sources only.
We closely monitor our energy usage and have several measures in place to meet our energy reduction targets. This includes…
Throughout our company, we run a constant War on Waste campaign. Our team members are always on the lookout for new opportunities to reduce waste, in all areas of our work. So far, this scheme has led to…
Sustainability is a journey. We have enjoyed finding solutions that work for us (like using paper tape on our packaging) and we haven’t been put off when something doesn’t work for us (like paper wrapping on business cards). We know that there is a lot left to achieve but we’re anxious to keep working at it.