Environmental Statement

Imaging Centre Environmental Statement

We believe that businesses are responsible for achieving good environmental practice and should operate where possible in a sustainable manner. We are therefore committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business strategy and operating methods. It is our priority to encourage our customers, suppliers and all business associates to do the same. Not only is this sound commercial sense for all; it is also a matter of delivering on our duty of care towards future generations.

The company has always taken environmental concerns seriously, we gained our FSC® Accreditation in 2009. At the time we were the smallest printing company in the UK to have done so.

As we print solely on HP Indigo Digital Presses our Pre Press Department is able to be entirely digital as there are no printing plates required for the printing process. All empty ink cans from the presses are re-cycled as is the small amount of waste imaging oil resulting from the printing process. In addition all replacement parts are also returned to HP for recycling. All waste paper and board is collected for recycling.

The key points of the company’s strategy to achieve good environmental practice are:

Minimise our waste and re-use or recycle as much of it as possible.

Ensure everything we print where possible is done so on FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) paper supplied by UK suppliers.

Minimise energy and water usage in our building.

Apply the principles of continuous improvement in respect of air, water, noise and light pollution from our premises and reduce any impact from our operations on the environment and local community.

As far as possible purchase products and services that do the least damage to the environment and encourage others to do the same.

Ensure that all employees understand our environmental policy and confirm to the high standards it requires.


Robert Short
Company Director

THE IMAGING CENTRE AND FSC

The Imaging Centre gained its FSC® Accreditation in 2009. At the time it was the smallest printing company in the UK to have been granted this. It was a big achievement and a major investment for the company to have made at that time.

Gaining the accreditation means that we are able to print the FSC® logo with our license number on the back of customers cards for them. There are a number of different logos customers can choose from.


As climate change and the environment are becoming more and more important to industry and consumers alike, we are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products. So card Publishers who put the FSC® logo on the reverse of the cards they produce are showing that they are ethically responsible and that they care for the environment. Consumers purchasing greetings cards with the FSC® logo on them are showing that they are also caring for the environment.

In order to maintain accreditation the company has to be audited once a year to ensure compliance with the FSC® rules. The audit is carried out by an independent organisation which allows FSC® to maintain its integrity.


The auditors check that the company is keeping records of stock used against stock ordered and that all the relevant paperwork is in order. By recording the stock used in this way the auditors can trace which batch of card any greeting card we print has come from, and in turn that batch of card can be traced from our paper suppliers back to the paper mill and on back to the actual forest. This is what is known as “Chain of Custody”.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC®)

The FSC® is an independent, non governmental, non profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. It was established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation. It is a market-based means of promoting forest conservation.

The FSC® label provides a credible and measured link between responsible production and consumption, enabling the consumer to make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions.
As of June 2015 there are 1,604,196 hectares of FSC® certified forest in the UK and 185,301 million hectares of FSC® certified forest in over 80 other countries around the world.

FSC® labelled sales are estimated at over 20 billion USD. This shows how large the political and economic force is in endorsing and promoting the FSC® system globally.

It protects the environment: Forest products coming from FSC® certified forests must be grown, managed and harvested in a way that is good for the habitat so that trees are either replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. Parts of the forest are protected entirely, in order to protect rare animals and plants.

It helps indigenous people: All local, regional and global laws must be followed in harvesting and transporting FSC® products, respecting the health and environment of indigenous people. If the local people have sacred sites in the forest they are exempt from felling. Violence towards or displacement of indigenous peoples is also prohibited. This is crucial as forests support 1.6 billion of the poorest people in the world.

It helps employ local workers: FSC® forests must employ a local workforce at a decent salary to run their operations.

It helps educate: FSC® forest owners must support their local communities in many ways, especially in the development of schools.

It ensures forests will be here for generations to come for others to enjoy and use.

FSC® is the only paper certification scheme endorsed by the major environmental organisations, including WWF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, The Woodland Trust and the Rainforest Alliance.

It helps our business: As consumers appreciate a commmitment to green practices and being able to participate in supporting sustainability through their purchases. This is a competitive advantage for us. It builds trust and brand loyalty among existing customers and helps reach new customers.

We are showing our commitment to sustainability: The FSC® logo is widely respected and increasingly recognised as the standard in responsible forest management.

All the wood is tracked from the forest to the store. Every link between the forest and the consumer is certified to make it clearly identifiable which wood is FSC® certified and which is not.

The FSC® label is found on wood and paper products as well as non-timber forest products such as latex. You can find the FSC® logo on floors, decking, paper, printed matter, charcoal, kitchen utensils, venison and many more products!

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