Top Green Standard for Community Printers

28 August 2007

Good news for community printing and publishing company, Big Sky (also known as Posthouse), they have just won the prestigious ISO 14001:2004 environmental standard certification which puts them in the top 1% of print companies in the UK.

bigsky.jpgThis independently assessed status means that the company has achieved the highest environmental standards and working practices. Over the last two years Big Sky has invested in new technology that is cleaner and greener, not only raising their green standard but also enabling them to work more productively, consume less energy and chemicals and produce less waste. As a result their colour printing process allows them to pass on some of these benefits in reduced costs to customers.

Located at The Park, Findhorn, Big Sky has been using and developing ecological working practices since their beginning in 1990. To gain certification, every aspect of the business’s environmental impact over the last nine months was analysed, with monitoring programmes and control procedures devised for each. Along with this, the use of non-toxic vegetable based inks and less volatile press cleaning agents, combined with the use of recycled and sustainably-produced papers, has made the whole process much more environmentally friendly, while producing a high quality finished product.

Managing Director Lex Le Feuvre said, “We’re delighted to have achieved the ISO certification. The development of the environmental management system has been a committed and concerted effort by all members of staff but we can’t rest on our laurels. It is a requirement to maintain and improve upon our environmental performance year on year to keep the certification.”

Big Sky can also claim to be probably the only UK printer to obtain 100% of its electricity from a local renewable energy source, the four wind turbines at The Park. The team are pictured above receiving their award from local MSP and Scottish Environment Minister, Richard Lochhead.

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