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The Docklands Press is one of very few printers in Australia currently utilising the latest technology available to aid a etterenvironment. In order to assist in preserving the environment, Docklands have installed the total environmentally friendly Ecoclean System which will breakdown the chemical waste that our manufacturing processes use.
Docklands has recently been awarded with Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation – FSC Certificate of Accreditation. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests. In summary:
- FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
- Through consultative processes, it sets international standards for responsible forest management.
- It accredits independent third party organizations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards
- Its trademark provides international recognition to organizations who support the growth of responsible forest management.
- Its product label allows consumers worldwide to recognize products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.
Additional environmental benefits of FSC for the provision of Goods and/or Services offered that will have a positive future benefit to the environment include:
- International recognition that the forest management does not put the forest’s natural heritage at risk and that the management activities efforts are appropriate.
- The opportunity to find new markets for FSC labeled products, thus acquiring market recognition for responsible forest management.
- The opportunity for interaction and cooperation among the various players involved in responsible forest management – forest owners, social and environmental organizations – to solve the problems that forests face.
- The assurance for future generations that they will enjoy the benefits of the forest.
- The assurance that forest management practices are responsible and will be further improved.
- The assurance that ownership rights are respected.
- The assurance that wood harvesting is legal.
- The assurance that the rights of workers and indigenous communities are respected.
- The assurance that areas of natural wealth and endangered wildlife habitat are not being negatively affected.
- The opportunity to use the FSC trademark on products to demonstrate that they come from legal and well managed sources.
- The possibility of new markets for products produced as FSC.
- The possibility of benefiting from local, national or international government support for responsible forest management.
In the spirit of “go green” Docklands also works with low-emission inks and solutions for the simple reason that it improves the efficiency of operations to reduce waste and chemical use, minimising energy consumption and specifying environmentally friendly paper stocks to reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
The key benefits of using vegetable based inks are as follows:
- lower solvent emissions than petroleum oil
- less toxic waste
- soya is a renewable resource
- biodegradable and more readily de-inkable
- enhances printability characteristics
- good press stability and colour control
- supplied in recyclable cardboard containers
In the current climate of environmental concerns, you can be reassured that in selecting Docklands press you have the perfect partner.
Docklands Management takes on the responsibility and challenge to establish and maintain a practical Environmental Management System.
Further to this, all staff have a responsibility to ensure they are aware how their activities relate to the objectives and targets of this policy and to support this commitment.
We have an ongoing dialogue with clients regarding the use of recycled paper stocks and always suggest the use of materials such as environmentally friendly plastic wrap
As a specific example, the environmentally friendly plastic Docklands /DataSend uses does not introduce any adverse toxicological effects or by-products into the environment, it is UV degradable to ASTM standard 3826, and bio degradable to ASTM standard D5988.
Furthermore, within the spirit of “go green’ Docklands chooses to work with low-emission inks and solutions for the simple reason that it improves the efficiency of operations to reduce waste and chemical use, minimising energy consumption and specifying environmentally friendly paper stocks to reduce the impact of printing on the environment.
This in turn works to achieve better inventory and purchasing control to reduce waste, be more efficient in the use of electricity and energy and better segregation of recyclable and land fill wastes.
Examples of low emission inks include vegetable based inks which are made with vegetable oil, such as soybean or linseed oil and is used as a substitute for petroleum. These inks significantly reduce the amount of ozone depleting Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released into the air during printing. Vegetable based ink takes longer to dry but, as a result, releases only around 2-4% VOCs into the atmosphere. Vegetable oils are a renewable resource, unlike petroleum. Solvents are not required for cleaning, as the press can be cleaned with a water based cleaner, reducing VOCs further. Vegetable based ink is also much easier to de-ink when recycling and results in much less hazardous waste.