How can a printing company green the planet?
Seacourt, a printing firm from Oxford, has become an industry leader in environmental sustainability through the revolution of its entire operation, and the creation of Planet Positive Printing™.
Print firm Seacourt transformed itself from being a conventional printing firm with a high carbon footprint, to become an industry leader in environmental sustainability. It has taken over 20 years of hard work to transform the entire operation and become a circular economy business – zero waste, powered by 100% renewable energy, and certified by ClimateCare as Beyond Carbon Neutral.
Planet Positive Printing™
Planet Positive Printing™ is about having a net positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy. Seacourt has eliminated the use of water and harmful chemicals in its printing processes by using a unique, LightTouch print technology. The company now only prints on carbon neutral, 100% recycled paper using vegetable-based, VOC-free (volatile organic compounds) inks. Seacourt is also a zero-waste operation, as well as being completely powered by renewable energy.
Breaking the mould
As a result of its hard work, Seacourt has been recognised with three Queen’s Awards for innovation in sustainability, as well as an EMAS (eco-management and audit scheme) award.
A step further
Seacourt has taken its carbon repsonsibilities one step further by deciding to offset the company’s entire footprint, plus 10%, by investing in a widely recognised ClimateCare programme. The programme aims to deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits. Through this leading UN-backed project in Brazil, Seacourt is helping to support the conservation of 86,000 hectares of forest, and the regeneration of a further 1,200 hectares of deforested land.
This story shows how Seacourt supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.4: “By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.”
Based in Oxford, Seacourt has been printing since 1946. In the last 30 years, the company has become a sustainability trailblazer in the printing industry.
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