Sustainability is important to us. We are proud to be a Carbon Positive business – meaning we offset 20% more carbon than we produce.
We gained our accreditation as a Climate Positive Business on 23 June 2020. It was a bit of journey, and meant taking an honest look at our business activities to see what environmental impact we were having, and then what we could do about it.
One advantage of the Covid-19 lockdown for us was a bit of extra time, and we used the time to do something we’ve been thinking about for a long time – doing our bit for sustainability.
What does this mean for you?
Put simply, it means we’ve thought about our energy use and our impact on the environment. This means you can use our services confident in the knowledge that we are doing our bit!
Not many businesses put sustainability at the forefront of their decision making. We have, because it’s important to us.
You can find out how to measure you own carbon footprint here.
How did we achieve this?
The first step was to measure our Carbon footprint. We did a bit of research on who could help us with this, and decided on Ekos to help us through the process. Using the Ekos Carbon Calculator was straightforward. Within a few days we had a full report on our business carbon footprint.
We are a printing business, and our assumption was that the majority of our carbon footprint would be from electricity use. We were wrong – it turns our the biggest impact we have is through our company vehicles. For the first time we had a clear picture of this.
Recycling Old Products
Have you ever wondered what happens to materials at the end of their lives? Many large corporations, including Fufi Xerox are finding innovative ways to sustainably recycle their old products.
Fuji Xerox Printer Recycling
We use Fuji Xerox printers for their exceptional quality, but also because they maintain a responsible sustainability programme that is in line with our ethos when it comes to the environment.
Deconstructing a Printer
The deconstruction process of old commercial printers is intricate. This video shows how the various components are broken down, and then recycled.
Our Sustainable Future
We already had solar electricity, but our report from Ekos highlighted areas we can still improve on to increase our sustainability. We need to think about our vehicle use more, which may mean conducting some of our meetings online rather than driving to them in person.
Our Carbon Positive certification is valid for 12 months – but we intend to maintain our accreditation. This means that every year we will be thinking about ways we can reduce our carbon output as a business.