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3 things you need to know about working with a sustainable printing team

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Sustainable printing processes that combat our carbon footprints 

If you’re looking for a sustainable printing company to help you achieve your business goals, you need to know what you’re looking for before working with a team. When you’re working with a team to help develop your business or improve your current services, it’s essential to understand what you’re getting yourself into to make sure you’re working with a sustainable partner — and not an environmentally-damaging one. Here are three things you need to know before you jump into finding a printing team.

Printing is a resource-extensive process, as most printing companies use paper, ink and other materials that require a lot of energy to produce. The method of traditional printing involves a lot of equipment and machinery. While the advancements in printing technology have made it easier to get things printed, it is also made it easier to produce a lot of carbon emissions. Sustainable printing processes are being developed to counteract the negative impact of printing.

Introducing alternative materials that don’t compromise on quality 

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional printing materials, several different materials are emerging in the printing industry. The most popular being is, of course, recycled paper. For thousands of years, paper has been made from wood fibre, and the demand for paper is rapidly increasing. That’s why the sustainability of paper is becoming more and more critical. 

Using vegetable based inks

As traditional printers’ ink releases toxins into the air whilst it’s drying, it’s essential that a sustainable printing company source and work with alternative inks to avoid the production of harmful emissions. Vegetable-based inks offer the same beautiful quality, but they are formed using natural ingredients. This means that the ink is renewable and is less likely to contain heavy metals or produce harmful emissions. 

Vegetable-based inks still come in a vast array of bright colours, so your finished print product is not affected in any way. 

Avoiding plastic materials

Until recently, plastic packing and materials have been used to provide an extra layer of protection to your important print products. However, corrugated cardboard can give just as much if not more protection than its plastic counterpart. Printing companies who are serious about their environmental impact should be looking to provide recyclable cardboard packaging to deliver your finished products safely and effectively.

Waste management considerations

At Butterfly Print and Design, we take our waste production seriously. That’s why we thoroughly check and recheck every design and detail before printing your products. By doing this, we can minimise mistakes and costly errors. By consciously printing, we reduce our paper waste and recycle any paper offcuts. All our ink tins and packaging are also recycled to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Outsourcing your sustainable printing could save time, money and environmental impacts

Sustainability is a word that has been thrown around for a long time now. But what does it mean, and how does it affect you? Well, if you work in an industry that relies on printed marketing material, it might be affecting you in a big way. Printing companies are starting to push towards sustainable, eco-friendly printing, and there are a couple of reasons why. First of all, it’s the right thing to do, but it’s also beneficial to the environment, and it’s good for your business. Contrary to popular belief, eco-friendly printing can cost-effectively help your business, as more people are starting to demand it. 

Outsourcing your printing needs may seem like an expensive step to take, but these large costs are often a myth. Working with a sustainable printing team could actually save you money in the long run as they are better equipped to deal with the large printing orders you place with them. Unlike your business, their machines are ready to produce your documents, and their materials are more cost-effective than if you were to try and do this yourself. A sustainable printing company will aim for zero paper waste, recycled material use and even ship their finished products with environmentally friendly packaging to hit their own sustainability goals.

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Butterfly Print and Design are your local, sustainable printing team in Chesham

Butterfly Print and Design are local to Chesham and have been printing in the area for over 25 years. Now that we have the knowledge and expertise to deliver you the best quality and service, the only thing we need to know is what you need. Our team of designers and printers can help you build out your branding, design a custom product and guide you through the printing process. Our experienced team can also help you save money by utilising our recycled and sustainable materials.

Whether you’re looking for paper for letterheads or pamphlets to promote your business, Butterfly Print and Design can help you. We offer uncoated, recycled, and 100% recycled materials that come in various colours, finishes and weights. We have worked with many brands in the Chesham area over the years and have a handful of loyal clients that keep coming back. We will work with you to ensure you get the service and products you need, and we always go the extra mile.