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Main areas of concern

Like many other large industries, print uses masses of energy and chemicals. It consumes huge amounts of water, paper, aluminium and plastics and creates large quantities of waste.

But it is getting better. There are now stringent legislation in relation to the disposal of waste products and computer-to-plate technology has done away with the need for film. However, there are still some things that environmentally aware designers should know.

Lovely As A Tree, the website set up by Caroline Clark of Three Trees, is a fantastic resource for information about print. Rather than duplicate it here, we have provided links to the relevant sections further down this page.


Useful links
Lovely As A Tree  

Print Issues

Choosing a printer

Your print spec



thomas.matthews' approach to sustainable print


Get Involved

Please let us know any updates to the information on this page. We are building up our knowledgebank and will transfer this information to a wiki style database once our funding is in place.

Please email info@three-trees.org


This is one of a series of five factsheets.

1. The Studio
2. Innovation
3. Paper
4. Print
5. Digital

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