Putting sustainability at the heart of print
Our environmental policy embodies Stones Ashford’s business-wide commitment to delivering technologically progressive, environmentally friendly products and services that help our customers to shape a sustainable business.
We operate an accredited third-party environmental management system
We are ISO 14001 certified. This internationally recognised scheme provides a framework for ongoing environmental monitoring and continual improvement for an effective environmental management system.
We provide recycled and sustainable substrates
We have held the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chains of Custody in 2007.
This means that we can provide certified paper that has been tracked through every link in the chain, guaranteeing to the end-consumer that the fibre originated from a forest managed according to forest management standards.
Our customers can request to use the PEFC or FSC logos on products printed on PEFC or FSC certified papers, providing readers with the comfort that your titles are printed sustainably.
98% of our waste was recycled in 2014
We are tirelessly committed to reducing our environmental impact through the recycling of waste, wherever possible, to reduce landfill waste. We comply with The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005; and our recycling streams include paper, cardboard, wood, hard plastic, soft plastic, aluminium, metal, WEEE, cans, waste oil, compact discs and plastic cups.
We actively monitor and measure our energy and emissions
We take a variety of measures to reduce our energy consumption, from using voltage optimisers on the presses to driving fuel-efficient delivery vehicles. Emissions from the mineral oil-based inks used on our Web presses are condensed and filtered to prevent air pollution, and in the case of the 24-page press, these emissions are used as a fuel for the regenerative thermal oxidising ovens.
We print alcohol-free
At Stones Ashford, we eliminated the use of IPA on our heat-set web presses over fifteen years ago; with all SM102 presses running on an average of 4% IPA.
We use environmentally-sound inks
We use vegetable-based inks within the sheet-fed printing process; with sheets printed, then stacked as flat sheets before being folded and cut at a later stage, allowing the ink to dry naturally.
Web printing presses use mineral oil based inks because of the necessity to dry the ink quickly, as the printed matter is cut and folded straight away as part of the printing process. The ink is dried onto the page by passing through an integral oven; and the solvent emissions released are condensed and filtered, or recycled, to prevent air pollution.
We provide online workflow technologies
Our workflow technologies, in the form of our web-to-print and online file delivery and approval systems, provide our customers with online soft proofing services. This eliminates paper usage, and the environmental impact of sending paper via transport, in addition to enabling a rapid turn-around and savings on phone, courier and postage charges.
For a detailed account of our strategy to reduce our impact on the environment; please visit our environmental procedure.