In recognition of its leading role in Green Printing and off-setting its carbon outputs, Cumbria’s largest printer H&H Reeds Printers of Penrith has been awarded an oak tree.
Thanks to its all-embracing approach to Carbon Balanced Printing and its environmental ethos, the company is acknowledged as one of the top 300 energy efficient companies in the UK. The tree in question has been awarded by Shropshire-based E4environment Ltd, which has planted trees enabling companies to offset their carbon outputs. H&H Reeds is one of its top companies that employ this method and is one of only 100 companies in the UK to receive this recognition.
Evidence that this is not just a certificate to put on the office wall, is the photograph that identifies the actual tree. It is a native oak, no 72, planted in Hector’s Wood, near the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire, and already 17 inches tall. Hector’s Wood was planted in March this year, and will become an increasingly important part of the battle to green the planet. It contains 4500 trees, which have all been planted for environmental offsetting.
Each tree has been grown from seed in individual cells, and are now 1 year old. A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
Andrew Jackson, joint managing director of H&H Reeds Printers, said, “We are proud of our award, which helps endorse our approach as one of the most environmentally friendly printers in the UK. We offer carbon saving printing at no extra cost and as its part of the culture of our company, we can genuinely say what we do is making a real difference. Even our employees frequently go home and follow our recycling policies with their families.”
Emma Sumner, of E4environment says: “H&H Reeds have been one of our most loyal Green Achievers and their tree is part of a newly planted 3Ha woodland area which is made up of native British species including oak, silver birch, alder & hazel.
“Other companies and individuals can contribute to greening the planet in the same way. We will be adding a database of tree owners onto our website shortly in order to further highlight the scheme.”
Demonstrating their commitment to re-cycling H&H Reed’s carbon balanced printing is provided by international conservation charity, the World Land Trust (WLT). Paper is supplied by a print organisation, which has also mapped its operational carbon footprint. H&H Reed’s paper folding machinery cuts down on wasted paper by 60 per cent, and consumes less energy. Metal printing plates are recycled; as are vegetable-based inks.
Paper is separated into different types before recycling to reduce contamination and employees’ leftover food is turned into compost. Its cycle-to-work scheme offers bicycles to employees at half price. H&H Reed’s wide ranging policies help to reduce the impact on the environment and are applied across the business, whether it’s in Penrith for Printing, Carlisle for Signs or Milnthorpe for exhibition and display.
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