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How to keep your Health and Safety Print sustainable

It’s challenging to be eco-friendly during a pandemic. With physical contact still being strongly discouraged and businesses having to rapidly adapt to new measures, many print items have now become single-use. This can make green printing a little tricky.

At Printed.com, we’ve always been committed to sustainable print and reducing our impact on the environment. From innovative packaging and sourcing carbon-neutral and eco-friendly papers to minimising and recycling our waste. We’re dedicated to doing good for our planet.

While the safety of you, your staff and your customers should always come first, there are still many ways you can make your Health and Safety Print greener. Explore your many options below!

Reusable print solutions

While single-use items are a good investment to avoid contamination, there are also plenty of print products that can be sanitised and reused.

Menu printing

For your daily print needs, consider ways you can make it last longer. For example, Menus can be extremely versatile if you choose the right finishes. When printed on tearproof paper and finished with either matt or gloss lamination, you won’t have to worry about them getting crumpled or torn. Plus, they can then be sanitised/wiped down after each use. You can also use your Menus to highlight any continuing Health and Safety measures you may have implemented during COVID-19. Check out our Menu printing guide below to get started.

How to create the perfect Menu

Recyclable papers

Recycled Paper

If you find yourself having to use disposable items, there are still plenty of ways to make them greener. One of the easiest ways is to print them on one of our eco-friendly paper stocks. We have a whole range of them that don’t compromise on quality – including some of our best-selling luxury papers!

Kraft: Manufactured from 50% post-consumer waste fibre, Kraft paper is FSC certified, carbon neutral and produced with wind power.

Recycled: Made with 100% PCW fibres and a chlorine-free process, all materials are non-carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic.

Lux: Lux papers are FSC certified and manufactured with wind power from Green-certified wind power projects.

Acquerello: Virtually chlorine-free, Acquerello paper is FSC certified and produced using environmentally friendly ECF pulp.

Laid: Texture that feels good and does good! Laid papers and boards are made with virgin fibre, are recyclable, FSC certified and made with ECF pulp.

Cream: FSC certified, 100% elemental chlorine-free pulps and ISO 14001 accredited make Cream paper a top choice for it’s eco-credentials.

Gesso: A firm favourite when it comes to cards and sustainable print, this paper is recyclable, FSC certified, and made with environmentally friendly ECF pulp.

Ice Gold: Crafted from ECF certified wood-free pulp and FSC certified, Ice Gold is a shimmer paper with shimmering eco credentials too.

White Ink: Guardsman Red and Navy Blue: Our specially formulated White Ink paper stocks are proudly ECF wood-free, from virgin pulp, made with 30% post-consumer fibre, and they’re FSC certified.

White Ink: Black, Cosmo Pink and Urban Grey: Our black, pink and grey papers for White Ink also boast eco-credentials. They’re recyclable and made with ECF virgin pulp too.

Rives Dot, Shetland and Tweed: All of our textured papers from the Rives collection are recyclable, made with ECF wood-free virgin pulp and they’re FSC certified.  

Magnetic: We’re proud to stock Digital MagneCote – it’s the only non-rubber based magnet coated on FSC certified base stock, delivering a truly environmentally friendly magnetic option.

Discover our eco-friendly papers

Eco-friendly packaging

If you’re looking to order Greeting Cards, we can help you package your print sustainably. Meet our compostable Cellophane Bags!

  •      Made with renewable corn and other sugar starches
  •      Fully compostable, 100% biodegradable, 30-micron film
  •      Shelf life of 12+ months if stored correctly

Not quite eco-friendly enough? We also offer eco-packaging as standard for our most popular print product, Business Cards! These boxes feature:

  •       Recycled card
  •       Vegetable-based inks
  •       Water-based glue

Not only are all our products packaged in recyclable cardboard, but they’re also sealed with eco-friendly paper tape. 100% plastic-free, recycled and biodegradable, this tape is made from fibrous Kraft paper and does not contribute to pollution or waste in any way! This also means that we use less tape in general as it’s so strong.

Health and safety print

From Clear Roller Banners to Countertop Guards, this new era of Health and Safety print has challenged many business as they begin to reopen their doors. The longevity of these products is vast, and given their robust nature they can be disinfected regularly to keep them fresh and safe. Staples such as our Wall Mounted Hand Sanitising Stations come with a refillable dispenser to avoid waste and are easy to wipe clean. Our Face Masks products are also washable and can be used again and again. Check out our handy guide here on how to help them last even longer.

Our commitment to sustainable print

We proudly hold both IPSO and FSC certifications, which demonstrate our commitment to environmental responsibility. Alongside these, we’ve implemented our own environmental policy, which you can read, here

Got any ideas or suggestions for how we can improve our sustainable print offering? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email to theteam@printed.com or chat with us on social

While you’re here, why not read our top tips for reducing your environmental impact?

Reduce your environmental impact

About the author

Our in-house copywriter Charlotte never skimps on detail when it comes to her writing. Adept in all things craft, when she isn’t adding to her sizeable collection of origami cranes, you’ll find her hitting the streets in search of that perfect cosmopolitan.

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