Calverts is a common ownership design and print co-operative, where the members have control over working processes and conditions. Our environmental policy has evolved over 35 years, as an outcome of Calverts' ethos as a socially responsible business, and in support of our clients' own corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental policies.
We strategically invest to meet our ISO14001 environmental targets and we welcome site visits from clients and curious or critical design and print buyers.
We are FSC® certified, and founder members of SEE (Social, Environmental and Ethical Transparency) programme.
COMPUTER TO PLATE
Calverts has invested in computer-to-plate technology which dispenses with film entirely. In 2009 we installed a processless plate system dispensing with the need for developer.
Calverts runs Heidelberg litho and Konica Minolta digital printing presses. Every investment in new technology is guided by its potential for reducing waste and improving environmental performance.
INK AND SOLVENTS
We have reduced our output of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by converting to vegetable oil (rather than mineral oil) based inks. Waste ink is removed and transported by licensed carriers where it is broken down to a non-hazardous liquid by bio-digestion.
INK TINS AND PLATES
Licensed carriers remove used ink tins and plates. Some are used as fuel and others crushed, melted down and reused as pure aluminium.
All plastic containers are removed by licensed carriers where they are shredded, bulked in 20 tonne loads and passed onto the building industries for use in the production of plastic products such as drainpipes.
Calverts encourages its clients to use post-consumer recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified papers.
As we operate in a semi-residential neighbourhood, we have made noise reduction a prerequisite in the siting, purchase and installation of replacement equipment.
Calverts have a renewable energy contract where 100% of our electricity use is generated from hydroelectric and wind-power.
When replacing equipment we will seek to purchase items that are energy efficient and will donate redundant equipment to charities or organisations which reuse or recycle.