At Technoprint, we believe that working towards a more sustainable future is in the best interest of everyone. Both locally and globally, the environment must be cared for, and we are passionate about conducting our business in the most ethical way possible. Technoprint has invested money and time in supporting environmental standards and local charities, initiatives and events, and individual members of staff have freely given their own time and money in support of these efforts.
In 2018, we were winners of the Cheshire Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. We were also highly commended for the High Sheriffs Award for Responsible Business Practice.
It’s fair to say that we put our money where our mouth is. Technoprint is ISO: 9001:2015, PS 9000:2016 and ISO:14001:2015 certified, each of which guarantees our commitment to maintaining high quality patient information leaflets, while minimising environmental impacts.
We also have the environmental policy CON000023, which states that we will include the consideration of environmental issues in all business strategies and initiatives. This includes aiming to prevent pollution, reduce waste and minimise the consumption of resources in the manufacturing of our pamphlets. It also means educating, training and motivating employees to carry out tasks in an environmentally responsible manner to ensure that continuous professional development strategy remains core to our business goals.
Cutting back on plastic
One of the ways in which we have made good on our promise is by replacing the plastic bubble wrap we use to protect our patient information leaflets with brown Kraft paper, which is more easily recycled and decomposed. Bubble wrap can only be recycled at specific centres based on your area, and cannot be included in regular household products for roadside pickup.
This was one of our pledges in 2019. Our target was to reduce our bubble wrap purchase by 50%, which would mean ordering 28 or less rolls throughout the year. We were well within our target and ended up purchasing only 2 rolls of bubble wrap!
In addition to this project, we asked our customers to review our packaging with the limited bubble wrap use. They remained satisfied with their service and so happily we are continuing with our scheme.
We also do not buy water bottles for our staff, and instead use water filter jugs in order to cut back on plastic use. Similarly, all the milk we use for the office comes in glass bottles, which are also more easily recycled.
One of the positive things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it gave us a chance to introduce flexible working and working from home for our staff. Not only do our staff now have the choice to work home or in the office, but this also means that fewer emissions have been created, caused normally by travelling in cars and public transport.
Our pledge towards sustainability is always being upheld with our newest ideas, and we are looking forward to continuing to provide more innovative solutions.