At The MANSON Group Ltd, we are aware more than ever of the need to minimise the environmental impact of our business activities.
In 2007, we began working towards a formal system which would comply with ISO 14000:1 standard and whilst we already practised a good deal of what was involved, we have discovered just how much more is possible.
The aim of this publication is to make you aware of the measures we have taken to enable you to make an informed decision about how your publications are produced.
The MANSON Group Ltd recognises the impact of our sheetfed printing business on both the local and global environment and we will manage this impact while continuing to produce products that satisfies our customer’s requirements.
The Directors and staff are committed to meeting all applicable environmental legislation.
These goals are consistently achieved by our total commitment to continual improvement in environmental management and the prevention of pollution.
We will continue to develop operational procedures, review environmental objectives and targets by limiting emissions and discharges, reducing waste through recycling or reuse where possible, and ensuring the safe disposal of other materials.
We will make continuous efforts to minimise both energy consumption and the use of materials harmful to the environment.
The environmental management system will be maintained by a regular series of internal audits, an annual management review in which objectives and targets are established, and independent external audits by recognised bodies.
The company also subscribes to the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC).
We will provide the necessary training and will ensure that all employees are aware of environmental issues and responsibility and will make the policy available to the public via our website or on request.
As part of our environmental procedure, every process in our organisation has been analysed in terms of its environmental impact.
Each and every process is detailed in our operations manual. By producing this comprehensive listing, we have been able to reduce our environmental impact in many ways:
We have reduced landfill waste by over 80% through waste segregation policies throughout the company,
By installing energy saving bulbs, we have saved over 15% on electricity use in this area.
Alcohol levels have been reduced by nearly 50% using new chemistry on our presses.
PIR switches and additional manual switches have been installed in auxiliary areas of the factory to minimise light usage.
Clear temperature policies for heating and cooling systems reduce energy consumption.
Careful choice of our newest platesetter I 2008 reduced chemical waste by over 70%.
We encourage employees to cycle to work or meetings wherever practicable.
All paper and cardboard waste is recycled.
Where possible, we will use overnight grouped transport for delivery to reduce emissions.
Waste plates are despatched for recycling.
A ‘shut down’ policy is observed to reduce energy consumption.
Lower emissions are achieved by the use of LPG powered vehicles where practicable.
We use ‘Cutstar’ technology on press to optimise sheet sizes and eliminate unnecessary paper waste.
Used machine parts are recycled.
Office printers have been configured to print on both sides of the paper automatically wherever possible.
Incoming used packaging is stored and reused.
We have achieved FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification.
Power factor correction equipment has been installed to minimise power consumption.
Waste Plastic packaging is recycled thanks to the installation of a special compactor.
We comply with all relevant environmental legislation.
Robust emergency preparedness and response procedures have been instigated and tested.
We set targets annually and measure our performance against targets.
We pass on details of our environmental policy and procedures to staff, suppliers and clients.
We have certified safe procedures for storage and disposal of VOCs/solvents.
We encourage clients wherever possible to use soft proofing techniques.
Chain of Custody
We operate two chains of custody:
FSC and PEFC
Both schemes share similar goals – that of responsible management of forestry resources.
They achieve this by inspection of the forestry operations concerned and then ensuring that timber and products from those particular sources are tracked all the way through to the finished product.
In order for the end product to carry the logo, every owner of the timber or derivative product right through the chain must be FSC certified. In most cases, this comprises the forest, mill, paper merchant and printer.
Logos are held by us. In order to be incorporated into your publication, we will advise you of sizing guidelines so that you can leave a suitably sized space for their insertion.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization, dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
FSC members comprise a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade, paper industry, forestry profession, indigenous people’s organisations, community forestry groups and forest product certificate organisations from around the world.
Forests are inspected and certified against the 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship, which take into account environmental, social and economic factors (see below). The FSC is the only certification scheme endorsed by NGOs worldwide.
The FSC Principles of forest stewardship include consideration for:
Indigenous people’s rights
Respect for the legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories and resources
Community and workers’ rights
Forest management must maintain or enhance long-term economic and social well-being for these groups
Conserve biodiversity and make sure forest retains its ecological balance and integrity
Monitoring and assessment
Maintenance of high conservation value forests
Condition and productivity of the forest, and the environmental impacts of management, must be monitored
Operations must maintain or enhance the special attributes of these forests
What is FSC Chain of Custody (COC)?
In addition to forest management and certification, the FSC uses a Chain of Custody system which tracks the timber from the forest to the paper mill and then to the printer.
Only when this tracking has been independently verified, in our case by our certification body, is the product eligible to carry the FSC Logo.
Using the FSC Label
To display the FSC Logo on your products you must use an independently certified supplier who can guarantee the product as coming from forests that meet the internationally recognised FSC Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship. It is illegal to use the logo unless you have used accredited FSC suppliers with a COC number.
FSC on product labelling is growing in popularity and recognition all the time, with many high street brands using it on their timber paper and even food products.
Unfortunately there are examples of printers jumping on the ‘Green’ band wagon without being certified – if in doubt please ask to see their Chain of Custody Certificate.
If a printer is FSC certified, then the end product can carry the FSC label ensuring that there has been no contamination between FSC and non-FSC material. However, the Chain of Custody is broken if the manufacturing mill or printer is not FSC certified.
There are three basic sub product groups within the FSC scheme. In order to qualify as FSC, a product must be made up of a minimum of 70% FSC content in any case.
FSC Mixed Sources
The Mixed Sources label states that at least 70% of the virgin fibre must come from FSC certified forests with the remaining percentage from controlled sources. Recycled waste can also be included up to a maximum of 90%.
Controlled sources exclude:
Illegally harvested timber
Forests where high conservation values are threatened
Genetically modified organisms
Violation of people’s civil and traditional rights
Wood from forests harvested for the purpose of converting the land to plantations or other non-forest us
A FSC certified paper mill must be able to prove the origins of all the fibre it uses in its FSC products.
To carry this label a material must be made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and made by a certified mill.
100% FSC paper made by a certified mill. This will usually necessitate a special making and minimum tonnage and extended lead times will be involved.
The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stake-holder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management, a series of on-going mechanisms supported by 149 governments in the world covering 85% of the world’s forest area.
PEFC has in its membership 35 independent national forest certification systems of which 25 to date have been through a rigorous assessment process involving public consultation and the use of independent assessors to provide the assessments on which mutual recognition decisions are taken by the membership. These 25 systems account for more than 200 million hectares of certified forests producing millions of tonnes of certified timber to the market place making PEFC the world’s largest certification system. The other national members’ schemes are at various stages of development and are working towards mutual recognition under the PEFC processes.
PEFC Logo Usage
As with PEFC, logos are strictly controlled and monitored. Unauthorised use is illegal.
This allows mixing certified and noncertified raw material during production. However, the percentage of certified content must be known. Anything below 70% content will not qualify to use the label.
PEFC Physical Separation
As with FSC Pure, this method uses only 100% certified raw material.
This label states a percentage recycled content of the product. As with the percentage-based system, the total percentage including virgin PEFC and recycled must exceed 70%.
Which Programme is better?
Broadly speaking, the two schemes share the same goals. A simple generalisation would be to say that PEFC is more widespread, whilst FSC is perhaps more discriminating. Ultimately, they both encourage responsible use of natural resources and give the print and publishing industry a positive option which demonstrates our environmental responsibility.
We are one of the UK’s leading specialist publication printers. And that’s printing of all types of publications – dailies, weeklies, monthlies, annuals and one=offs of every sort, such as event catalogues and company publications.
Service is the driving force of our business. We not only promise great service, but also deliver it through investment in the people who look after our customers and their projects. So, by choosing to work with us, you will just know that your publication will be produced to specification, on budget and on time. Every time.
Our company started in 1969 and we have spent the last four decades perfecting the art of publication printing. This has meant continuous, major investment in the latest plant and technology, all from the industry’s leading suppliers.
Additionally, we offer a Digital Editions Service which can help content owners market their printed products and add value to their published information.
For more information, call our team on 01727 848440