Care for the environment

We have a hard-earned reputation as ‘green’ printers and believe that designing for today’s world means coming up with solutions that are not just beautiful and engaging, but also careful about people and mindful of resources.

Read our Environmental Policy Statement and find out more about our approach below.

My choice of creating this work was hugely influenced by Arthur at Calverts. He explained the process behind the production of ‘Shiro Alga Carta’ paper from Italy.

I made a clear decision to print my eco-story book and first music album using this extraordinary seaweed / recycled algae paper.

I often recommend the services of Calverts to my clients as they often ask where can they source environmentally friendly paper in London.

 – Carina Coen, author of Sylvie’s Wish


Arthur talks with Carina about sustainable paper and eco-friendly inks.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council® scheme guarantees our papers can be traced back to responsible forestry, through a certified chain of custody.

Please contact us for details of our FSC® certified products.


ISO 14001

Calverts adheres to the ISO environmental management systems standard. We use it to measure, control and reduce impacts including carbon emissions, recycling and resource efficiency. We also use ISO to make sure Calverts is a safe and healthy place to work. Our external ISO audit is carried out by NQA, a leading assessment and verification body.

Green technology

Each investment Calverts makes in new technology is guided by its potential for reducing waste and improving environmental performance – for instance, chemical-free platemaking and low-waste digital printing. We look for the most energy-efficient equipment. We donate redundant kit to organisations that reuse or recycle.

Inks, solvents, metals and plastics

Calverts uses vegetable oil based inks and non-toxic dry toners. Used solvents are collected by a licensed environmental partner and where possible treated by bio digestion. Used plates are collected, crushed, melted down and converted back to pure aluminium. Plastic container waste is shredded and passed on to the building industry for products such as drainpipes.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

We look at the whole life cycle of materials, including whether the grave of one can be the cradle of another. This includes waste ink, empty ink tins, rubber blankets, containers, waste oil, packaging and wooden pallets. We use off cuts and over-orders to make beautiful notebooks or donate to local schools. Even our cleaning rags are collected and washed by a certified company.

Green energy

Calverts has a renewable energy contract, which means 100% of our electricity is generated from hydroelectric and wind power. Our supplier is Ecotricity, who also supply gas for our heating system. We chose them because of their commitment to researching, investing in and developing more sources of renewable energy for industries like ours.

Supply chain

We choose products and supplies that are safer for the environment, fairly and ethically produced, and as local as possible. We consult our customers about what they want from their design and print, in terms of reducing their own impacts. We support other cooperatives and social enterprises.

We love bikes

We encourage cycling to work and that’s what most of our members do. We are members of Zen, the London Zero Emissions Network, and use a cargo bike for small local drops to suppliers and customers. We campaign for better cycle and electric vehicle facilities in the city.

We love sharing the facts

Calverts has written two downloadable guides in partnership with the global sustainability charity Julie’s Bicycle. Print and the Environment tells you what to look for when choosing papers. Paper and the Environment is a guide for print buyers, to help you find the right printer and ask the right questions.

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