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We’re a clean, green tree-planting printing machine

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
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As a printing company we recognise the impact our work, and the perceived impact our industry in particular, can have on trees, as well as the potential impact on the world that this can have. This is why it is so important to us that we offset our work, which we do in a variety of different ways.

Back in 2008, at the birth of Purely Digital, we began our environmental journey and looked into ways that we could use renewable energy within the business. We started this by using energy from EON generated by wind farms.

Then, in 2013, we discovered the Premier Paper Group’s Carbon Capture scheme, which aims to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions generated by the production, storage and distribution of paper. So we instantly signed up!

To date, our efforts has enabled Purely Digital to create over 2,000㎡ of new native woodland to remove more than 80,000kg of Carbon Dioxide.

As part of the scheme, for each tonne of paper that we have purchased from Premier Paper, £8.50 has been paid to the Woodland Trust to go towards planting trees to create new areas of native woodland in the UK.

But that didn’t feel enough, we wanted to do more. Whilst the Carbon Capture scheme offsets the manufacture and transport of paper to our premises, we wanted to do something about all the carbon that our work emits. So in 2015, we became the first UK printer to take part in the full capture scheme whereby all the carbon we produce as a business is offset. Even now, four years on, there are only a handful of other printing companies UK wide taking part!

Since joining the scheme we have become a Certified Carbon Capture Company which enables us to offset every single bit of CO2 that we emit as a company, including the printed paper we produce.

So far, Purely Digital alone has been responsible for the planting of over 2,000m2 of trees to remove over 80,000kg of carbon dioxide, something which we are very proud of, particularly as that number is increasing daily.

For the next step of our offsetting journey we are going to be rolling up our sleeves, grabbing a spade and getting out in the great outdoors to get planting!

Purely Digital Printing

The Premier Paper Group and The Woodland Trust hold planting days where everyone participating in the scheme, along with their clients, can get involved in getting the trees in the ground. On November 21st, to mark National Tree Week, we are thrilled to be joining in with a planting day close to home. We’ll be heading to Mead near Heanor in Derbyshire, which is the newest area to be acquired by the Woodland Trust and will be the first Young People’s Forest.

Our aim is to plant 150 trees in one day!

Why 150? It is said that everyone on the planet would need to plant 150 trees to reverse the damage that carbon emissions have caused over the past 10 years alone.

The planting day is also part of The Big Climate Fightback, a Woodland Trust campaign to get one million people to join the fight against climate change by pledging to plant a tree before the end of November this year.

Click here to read more about Purely Digital’s green policies and find out more here about Premier’s Paper work with The Woodland Trust.

Green machines — Team Purely takes part in this year’s Cycle to Work Day

Thursday, August 15th, 2019


Summer is officially in full swing (whenever it doesn’t suddenly decide to chuck-it down), and people all over the country are making the most of the glorious sunshine. So it’s quite a happy coincidence that National Cycle to Work Day took place last week — and perhaps even more fortuitous the good weather held out!

Widely regarded as the UK’s biggest cycling event, this very special day in the calendar sees people up and down the country leave their cars and bus passes at home in favour of a more environmentally friendly way of traveling to work. Around 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work on a regular basis — and while the figures for this year haven’t been released, we can confirm that quite a few members of Team Purely took part!

Karen, Jodie, Andy T, Paul and Managing Director, Andrew Edmondson, all made the commute to work on their bikes for this year’s Cycle to Work Day. Between them, the group covered an incredible 53 miles. That equates to roughly 21.4 kilograms of CO2 emissions had they each made the journey by car.

“The figures aren’t that revealing when you look at them in isolation,” says Andrew. “But after adding up the total number of miles everybody travels within a week, a month — a year even, then it’s quite shocking how much CO2 is emitted simply travelling to work.”

Those who know Andrew best will be aware he’s already an avid cyclist who just over a year ago, completed a 300km cycle from London to Paris in support of Derby Hospitals Charity. But that doesn’t mean he’s expecting everybody to ditch their Micra for Lycra.

“Cycling to work every day isn’t practical for a lot of people,” Andrew explains, “that’s just the reality of things. But that doesn’t mean compromises can’t be made.

“If we can all find ways around our busy schedules to cycle one or two days out of the week, or even walk instead of taking the car or catching the bus to work, then those are small differences being made on a massive scale.

“Making a conscious effort to adjust the way we think about these things, whether that’s how we travel to work or the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis, is a surefire way to affect positive change — both individually and within responsible businesses.”

Globally, about 15% of all man made CO2 comes from cars and public transport — of which the entire concentration has reached unprecedented levels. If we don’t act soon, experts surmise that the effects of CO2 concentration around the world will be irreversible. Of course, there will always be biased opinions in both camps, but regardless of the absolute truth, it’s impossible to deny the beauty and importance of our natural world and the duty we have to sustain it.

As a responsible print company, we’re conscious of the impact that our production processes and methods of operation can have on the environment. That’s why we’ve put measures in place to ensure our carbon footprint remains minimal. Since becoming a certified Carbon Capture Company in 2013, we’ve been actively planting new trees across the UK, helping to mitigate CO2 emissions while creating large areas of new native woodland integral to our wildlife.

We’ve also put tremendous efforts into adopting greener ethics in other areas of our business, from using specific types of paper and inks, to hand-delivering local jobs and group-delivering items as a way of reducing the amount of vehicular travel (sometimes a bike just won’t do it!).

To date, we’ve helped to create over 2,000㎡ of new native woodland and removed more than 75,000kg of Carbon Dioxide — and we’re continuing to increase those numbers on a daily basis.

You can find out more about our Purely Green initiative here

World Earth Day

Friday, April 26th, 2019


With the threat of climate change being more evident than ever, it’s time we all did our bit in planting the seeds to a sustainable future. Our world is slowly dying from pollution caused by harmful emissions and deforestation, but we have a chance to do something about it before it’s too late.

World Earth Day is held on the 22nd of April every year, and 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of this incredible day. They work all year round, doing their part to solve our climate change, plastic pollution, and protecting our endangered species. Not only that, they aim to broaden their efforts through means such as education in order to inspire the environmental movement to get their message across.

Making a difference can seem daunting or impossible like you wouldn’t make a big difference, but small simple acts such as only using reusable bags, changing to a green energy provider, cycling to work, or simply planting more flowers can make a tremendous difference.

Today, our amazing team have chosen to make a difference by cycling to work. Not only does it benefit the planet, as it is an ecological form of transport that does no harm to our environment or atmosphere, but it also benefits our team as a fantastic way to keeping fit and healthy.

Here at Purely Digital, we do everything we can to make a difference in saving our planet. For example, we are part of the Carbon Capture scheme, which works in conjunction with the Woodlands Trust to create new areas of native woodland and mitigate CO2 emissions.

We have even changed our energy provider to Bulb who only provides green energy to all their customers. This not only helps us, but it also gives our clients the knowledge that they are also helping to combat climate change and in turn, helping the planet just by getting their prints from us.

Why not take a look at our dedicated page to see what our Purely Green initiative is all about, including details of how we help the environment and what the Carbon Capture scheme involves. In the meantime, everybody here at Team Purely will be working hard and doing their part to save the planet we call home.

Purely’s Green Initiative

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019


As a well-established print company, we use a substantial amount of paper per year to create our bespoke prints. Although, with the current ecological changes, we thought it was time to take on our own green initiative.

We all play a key role towards our environment, but playing the right part is crucial. Even the littlest of changes can make a huge impact, whether you start cycling to work instead of driving or if you choose to recycle more, it all adds up.

We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, which is why we’ve put the planet first. During Valentine’s, we sent out Valentine’s cards and pillow packs filled with heart sweets to our clients.

The first biodegradable plastic to appear on the market was in the 1980s

When it came to making the pillow packs, we wanted to make sure they would be eco-friendly. In order to do this, we printed our pillow packs from 250gsm Symbol Freelife Satin stock. We guaranteed our pillow packs are completely biodegradable and recyclable. We always aim to avoid plastic packaging where possible to minimise plastic pollution.

There are many ways to make a difference to our environment, for example, we’ve changed our energy provider to a green energy provider called Bulb and we participate in the Woodland Trust’s carbon capture scheme. If you would like to learn more about why Purely Digital is going green, and what changes we are doing to make a difference then visit our page, Purely Green, to get the full coverage.

Here at Purely Digital, all of our products are printed and finished in-house to guarantee they are finished at the highest quality standards. To make certain our prints are up to standard we ensure they are printed on FSC paper, as well as being 100% ECF Virgin Fibre.

Love print, love the planet

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

As the government unveils plans to introduce measures that will reduce pollution through the banning of certain plastics, we remind ourselves of the environmental responsibilities we must all share. 

Right now, it’s estimated that there is close to 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean — with more plastic than fish in the sea predicted by as early as 2050. That’s an incredibly sobering thought.

Thankfully, the tide seems to be turning.

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the news lately — as everybody here at Purely Digital has been doing ever since those harrowing images from BBC’s Blue Planet — then you’re probably well aware of impending plans to ban the distribution of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds frequently finding their way into our oceans.

So why are we talking about it here? Well, first of all, we think it’s something something worth shouting about! Yes, it’s important to highlight the somber issues — especially where the environment is concerned — but we think it’s equally important to champion the positives in a way that encourages others to get equally impassioned.

Secondly, it’s a positive reminder of the good that can be accomplished when everybody stands up and takes responsibility for the impact we all have on the planet; as businesses and as individuals. Corporate social responsibility is a hot issue in 2018 and more and more companies are combing efforts to help reduce waste and cut CO2 emissions. And we at Purely Digital are proud to be a certified Carbon Capture Company.

In the meantime, everybody at Team Purely will be doing their utmost to carefully reconsider their day-to-day plastic use; ditching the straws, stirrers, and disposable coffee cups in favour of reusable alternatives next time we go to Costa. We know you’ll be doing the same : )