Global paper consumption has increased by almost half since 1980 and the UK is the fifth largest producer of printed products in the world.
The simple truth is this - we have one planet, and we have an impact on that environment.
We simply cannot afford to stand by and do nothing as an ethical business.
As part of our business ethos, at Pro Trade Printing (and our sister business BAM Print), we've begun a number of projects to minimise our impact on the environment - reducing our carbon footprint, or eliminating it where possible.
These five projects are just the beginning - we will be working on additional projects as the business continues to grow.
Project One: Climate Positive Workforce
For every member of staff on our team, we offset their carbon footprint via Ecologi.
Ecologi are a climate organisation based in Bristol, UK. Every month, 12 trees are planted, and 0.9 Tonnes of C02 are offset per member of staff to account for their personal carbon footprint.
These trees are planted across the globe via reforesting/rewilding projects, and CO2 is offset via green energy investment and clean water projects. You can find out more about these projects here!
Project Two: 100% Green Website Hosting
All our company's websites are hosted with Krystal. Krystal are a UK based hosting company that uses 100% renewable energy for its offices, and datacentre via Ecotricity - no carbon offsets, all renewable energy sources.
50% of proceeds from this referal link will then be used to plant more trees, and offset more carbon via Ecologi's environmental projects.
Project Three: Sustainable paper, card, and wood
FSC-certified forests are managed with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment. They are independently audited to ensure they meet the FSC Principles and Criteria for Forest Management.
Sustainably-managed forests meet the needs of wildlife while supporting livelihoods and providing many other ecosystem services, such as carbon storage and flood risk mitigation.
We ensure that all artwork we produce at Pro Trade only comes from FSC accredited sources - meaning that it comes from well-managed foresets, and/or verified and recycled sources.
This is the paper that we use to print on, the European pine wood we use in our canvas frames, and the wood we use in our picture frames.
100% of all packaging we use is also FSC-Accredited.
Project Four: Water Based Inks
As part of our printing process, both for our in house printing and any partners, we only use water-based inks which are 100% non-hazardous, toxin-free and vegan friendly.
Project Five: 5% of every order plants trees and reduces Co2
For every order, 5% of the print value of the order (not including shipping) goes towards reforesting, clean water production, and CO2 reduction projects with our partners Ecologi.
These five projects are just the beginning of our eco projects. We will be working on additional projects as the business continues to grow.
If you want to check out the impact we've had with Ecologi so far, click on the image below!