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5 reasons why Purely Digital are committed to sustainable printing

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Purely Digital have always believed in sustainable printing from the outset. Our owner Andy has been a big believer in finding ways to help save the environment and climate since the inception of our company. There are plenty of reasons why he believes in this cause, which we will go into below. But as always, actions speak louder than words, and that’s why Purely Digital ensure we practice what we preach. Here are 5 reasons why this corporate printing company is committed to sustainable printing.

1)    We can help create more woodland – thus saving the environment

Since 2013, we’ve been actively planting new trees across the UK as part of the Premier Paper Group’s Carbon Capture® scheme. So, even though we are using (recycling-friendly) paper and packaging for our Direct Mail and scratchcard campaigns, we are also replacing what we use. 2779.14㎡ is the area of the new native woodland we have created since we started our environmentally friendly campaigns. We are dedicated to doing good for our planet.

Basically, thanks to our sustainable printing processes led by Andy, we can help to save the environment and provide a better future for our children.

2) We can inspire others to be sustainable through sustainable printing

If a printing company can be sustainable, why can’t others? We choose our materials to be as environmentally friendly as we can. We always try to source responsibly for you, but that doesn’t mean we let ourselves dip in quality. Our business cards, scratchcards and direct mail leaflets are obviously still of an incredibly high standard. So, whilst some may query how you can be sustainable whilst working in the printing industry, we’re about to tell you how we do it and why it should inspire others to be greener.

Sustainable printing requires much effort, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. Yes, there is a lot of complicated jargon, but that’s what this article is all about! We’re here to explain why we are committed to being a sustainable printing company. Plus, we can help your business become greener and cleaner.  

3) The benefits outweigh the risks

Because of how the world is going, customers have been known to get a real buzz when they discover their eco-friendly items. Not only does the environment benefit, but your brand will too! However, as mentioned in this article here, supply and demand economics cannot fully capture the value of sustainability within a business.

A happy customer who is thrilled with their product and the environmentally friendly impact can do wonders for your business. Whether through word of mouth or reviews, if your brand is known to be working with sustainable practices, it’s a great unique selling point. Plus, it makes your company or business very attractive to work with.

Additionally, other benefits of offering sustainable printing services include efficiency and speed. You can submit a faster turnaround, and if, like Purely Digital, they deliver straight to you, it all contributes to saving the environment.

4) You can’t afford to be unsustainable

So, we know the benefits of being (and using) a sustainable printing company, but we also know the negatives if you are not a sustainable company. Not only do you miss out on the benefits mentioned above and the advantages, but you will be harming the environment. That is number one on our list of negatives. Forget about the damage that can be done to your brand. The harm you are doing to the world and climate is why you should always look to develop environmentally friendly business practices.

Your contribution to waste production will be measured, and there are likely to be more harmful chemicals at play in the production of your materials. Some printing companies may also leave machines running all night, which is a waste and bad for the environment. They are consuming more energy which is a big negative for the environment. It is, in effect, unsustainable. Check out Purely Digital’s credentials and eco-friendly page to see our accreditation which we are so proud of!

5) We just want to be Purely Green

Although it sounds like a cliché, we do just want the world to be a better place. By being a sustainable printing company for corporate companies, we are changing the world for the better. In the news, there are enough warnings about waste, landfills, pollution, and global warming to make us realise that we need to do better. So, to help combat this, our aim is to be purely green.

It helps our business, and it also helps yours. Your carbon footprint will likely decrease, but it will also improve your business’s efficiency. We work with one eye on the future. By improving the journey we take you on, we help create a better future.

Talk to Purely Digital about sustainable printing

Get in touch with Purely Digital today to discuss the benefits of sustainable printing. We can help your business in many ways. Whether it be by printing for corporate companies or coming up with innovative ways to keep your company’s data safe. We’re full of creativity and imaginative ideas!

We look forward to hearing from you.

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

Friday, November 26th, 2021
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As a sustainable 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 using our planting printing machine.

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 have enabled Purely Digital to create over 2,000㎡ new native woodlands 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!

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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 sustainable printing contribution and aim for Purely Digital 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.

For more info on this sustainable printing company, check out our Purely Digital homepage.

A Purely Parisian adventure — Thank you to everybody who supported us

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Back from his three-day cycle trip to Paris, Purely’s Managing Director shares his thoughts on the whole experience, the people who made it possible, and tells us what he’s got planned next. 

It seems like the summer of 2018 will be forever associated with triumphs across The Channel. Not only did France manage to secure victory in this year’s World Cup, but Purely’s very own Andrew Edmondson also had something to celebrate whilst visiting the nation’s capital; successfully crossing the finish line to a three-day cycle challenge — smashing his fundraising target in the process.

“I’m still buzzing from the whole experience,” says Andrew. “I suppose this is how Didier Deschamps probably felt. Well, maybe just a little bit.”

Deschamps is, of course, the manager who led France’s national team to victory. And just like him, Andrew had his very own winning team in form of Koobr’s Craig Barker and Chris Bastock from We Are Ghost.

“We’re all Derby companies, so giving back to the community we work in has always been a really big deal for us. Of course, this particular cause was something very personal to me.”

You’ll probably remember how we sat down with Andrew in the weeks leading up to his challenge to cycle from London to Paris; discussing his motivations for doing so; and raising funds for Derby Hospitals Charity following their suburb care after his heart attack last year.

More than two months later, and not only did the boys manage to cover the distance, they also surpassed Andrew’s fundraising target in the process. A phenomenal achievement all around.

“Right off the bat, I’ve got to thank everybody who supported us: everybody who donated; everybody who sent kind messages of encouragement; and everybody who — in some form or another — dedicated their own time to help us accomplish what we set out to do.

“I also have to give special mention to professional round-the-world cyclist Leigh Timmis, for all his guidance and training in the months leading up to the event. We couldn’t have done this without your involvement.

“And finally, I’d like to say a massive Thank You to Phil; our support vehicle and photographer. In addition to patiently trucking around after all of us, he captured some wonderful moments on camera, so we could share the whole experience with everybody right here.”

London, Dieppe, Beauvais to Paris

Day One saw the boys depart from London to Newhaven, where the boat was waiting to ferry them all the way to France.

“Anybody who has tried to navigate their way through London traffic will already know it can be a bit of a nightmare,” says Andrew. “But when you’re racing to catch a Ferry first thing in the morning… well, even Boris Johnson would agree a bike isn’t the most practical solution!

Once we were out of the city, however, the rolling country roads definitely helped with getting us back on track. We even made the boat in time for a few drinks to toast the voyage.

Without anymore boats or trains to catch (don’t worry, they didn’t cycle all the way down to London, in case you were wondering) Day Two was an enjoyable 70 mile ride through the quaint villages and beautiful countryside through Dieppe to Beauvais.

“It was around this time we stopped in a little village called Forges-Let Eaux. Phil had been providing vehicle support the entire time, and he was probably feeling just as fatigued as the rest of us.

“But this brief pause gave us the chance to take in some refreshments, enjoy our surroundings, and even catch some of France’s first group match of the 2018 World Cup. What could be more perfect?”

“The final day saw us ride into Paris after 57 miles of smooth cycling, until we hit the city traffic. But we persevered and made it to the Arc de Triomphe, giving us our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. Actually getting there, however, was a completely different story.

“It seemed to take a while until we reached our goal, weaving through the tourist and locals, but we eventually made it. That’s when it really hit me how far we’d all come.

“I can’t really put into words what this journey has meant to me. All I can say is how thankful I am to everybody who was part of it, and how much of an affirming experience this has been.

“More will follow, I’m sure. I’ve already got a few destinations in mind – and if we can continue to raise even more funds for good causes, well that makes it even more worthwhile.”

Purely Digital cycles to Paris in support of Derby Hospitals Charity

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

This June, Purely’s Managing Director will be cycling the 300km journey from London to Paris in support of Derby Hospitals Charity. Here Andrew Edmondson explains why this particular challenge is so important to him.

Open up your calendar and take a look at what’s happening in June, and you’ll find what is sure to be the biggest, most highly-anticipated sporting event in 2018. No, we’re not talking about the World Cup. We are, of course, referring to the 300km-long bike ride from London to Paris led by Purely Digital’s very own MD, Andrew Edmondson.

“It’s actually more like a marathon than a bike ride,” Andrew laughs, “but getting other people to come along is much easier when you say you’re going on a bike ride.”

Joined by friends across Derby’s business community, Andrew will be making the trip in support of Derby Hospitals Charity — raising much-needed funds for Derby Royal’s A&E Department

“In reality, I didn’t need to do any convincing. When I told people what I was planning, they were more than enthused to get involved. Especially when I explained my reasons for wanting to do it in the first place.”

Passionate about Derby Hospitals Charity

“As people who know me will already be aware, last year I had a heart attack. It was very out of he blue. However, I was assessed and underwent a procedure in a very short space of time.

“Thanks to the immediate actions of Derby Royal’s staff and medical team, the damage to my heart was greatly reduced and my overall recovery has been much quicker than it would have been otherwise.

“Everybody knows our hospitals are under tremendous pressure, and something Derby Royal isn’t budgeted for is a dedicated place where staff can visit and grab a little headspace from time to time.

“These people work in an extremely stressful, demanding environment, and it does affect them in ways most of us couldn’t possibly imagine.

“There are a few areas around the hospital where staff and the families of patients can go whenever they need it, but they’re in desperate need of restoration and I’d really like to be able to give them something more substantial and deserving.

“That’s why I got in touch with Kerry Brady at Derby Hospitals Charity, asking everybody to donate what they can, whilst hopefully demonstrating what can physically be accomplished when you receive the proper treatment and support.”

Of course, Andrew has always been a keen cyclist, and whether it was something he would be able to continue with was the first thing he asked his consultant cardiologist.

“In fact, he encouraged it,” says Andrew. “Now it’s something I incorporate even regularly than before, cycling to work instead of taking the regular commute — which is certainly quicker!

“I’ve dramatically tweaked my diet and, combined with the extra exercise, I feel fitter than ever. This entire experience has really changed my outlook..

Joining Andrew on his trip will be friends across the local business community, including Sean Price from Xuper, Chris Bastock from We Are Ghost, and Craig Barker from branding agency Koobr (main picture)

“Training is going really well. We all managed to finish last month’s Cycle Derby Sportive relatively quickly (pictured above). With a little more training before June, I’m confident we’ll make it to Paris in good time.”

Purely’s Tour de Paris

Setting off from St. Pancreas on June 15th, the group will make their way across the Channel and round-off their first day in Dieppe, France — cycling roughly 100km per day, before eventually arriving in Paris two days later.


“It’s going to be a tough slog, for sure,” says Andrew, “but it will be equally rewarding on so many levels.

“I’ve been truly inspired by all the support I’ve received towards my recovery from numerous medical specialists, friends, and the rest of team at Purely Digital. Making this trip will be a testament to all these great things, and the perfect way to encapsulate what has otherwise been a significantly important journey.

“If we can raise some money to give something back to our hard-working hospitals and show them how much they mean to us — well, that will make it all the more worthwhile.”

Naturally, we’re all very excited here at Purely Headquarters and we wish Andrew and the rest of guys the very best of luck! We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has shown their support on social media, and for all donations already received via Andrew’s Just Giving page — which you can visit here

We’ve still got a ways to go until we reach our £2,000 target, but there’s still plenty of time for you get involved and help us get there. So please dig deep, share Andrew’s story, and make some noise on social media.

Thank you.