Our Green Agenda

Our Green Agenda

Inspiring ‘the green’ choice

Impress are firmly committed to reducing our environmental impact, increasing our positive social impact, being a good employer and driving sustainable, profitable growth.


It makes sense to reduce waste and recycle more. We want to play our part in protecting our planet, but we also know it’s good business logic. Our environmental policies work because we use fewer resources which equals less waste. As a result, we are able to keep our prices competitive and consistently improve our efficiency.

We are accredited with the environmental standard ISO 14001 and we go far beyond its requirements.


Impress are proud to be one of only a handful of Carbon Balanced Publication Printers in the country.

Since 2016 with the World Land Trust, Impress have…

Protected a total of 1,996 tonnes of carbon from release into the environment and preserved 789,383 sqm of critically endangered forest.

This is the equivalent to 563 football pitches or taking 110 average petrol cars off the road each year!

Source: 2018 Defra GHG conversion factors to CO2e

To learn more about our partner, World Land Trust, their Carbon Balance Programme and amazing conservation projects please view the videos.

Our Carbon Balanced page has more information about how we can help you reduce your carbon footprint.


We work relentlessly to review our processes and introduce ways to improve on what we print, how we print it and keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.

  • We use 100% renewable source electricity
  • We recycle the majority of our waste streams
  • Our house paper is a quality sheet which is chlorine and acid free, recyclable, FSC® certified and Carbon Balanced
  • We use vegetable oil based inks
  • We conserve water
  • We work to continually reduce our landfill waste
  • Ensure low levels of industrial alcohol used in the print process
  • Constantly monitor our energy consumption
  • Our energy use is mapped against machine impressions for accurate efficiency assessment
  • Journeys are carefully planned for efficiency
  • We run the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme and actively encourage all staff to get on their bike!
  • We help our customers to reduce the carbon impacts of their marketing communications and helping them meet their carbon reduction objectives
  • Sharing knowledge and understanding of print related environmental or ‘Green’ terminology, see ‘Environmental Lingo’

But we’re not done yet!


We are proud of how we organise our waste and consumption of resources and ensure whatever cannot be recycled is either reused, recovered or disposed of responsibly.

A few examples of our innovative recycling streams are:

  • Plastic chemical drums are sorted into reusable or damaged drums
  • Damaged drums are shredded and re-used in items such as motorway drainage pipes
  • Larger drums are converted to use as ink funnels to aid the recycling of inks
  • Residue inks are used as fuel to start blast furnaces or as low grade fuel
  • Our aluminium plates are melted down and re-used as raw material

We also recycle our plastics, light tubes, ink cartridges, ink tins, …in fact, everything we can really!


The paper industry has come on leaps and bounds over the last few decades and paper is now one of the most renewable and sustainable raw materials there is.

Impress select papers to produce excellent, professional print results, and we aim to assist and inspire print buyers to make that ‘green’ choice.

Visit our ‘Environmental Paper’ page to find out how…


We recognise that working closely with colleagues and the community to engage on energy efficiency is key to reducing our carbon footprint.  In addition to the above initiatives we are proud to volunteer our support to some great projects.

Visit our ‘Supporting Communities‘ page to find out how we make a difference…


The government have set targets for carbon reduction over the coming years and to meet these we all need to play our part.  Impress are at the forefront, focused to help reduce carbon impact and provide sustainable communications.  By asking us for Carbon Balanced Print for your project we will be doing what we can together to help protect our planet for future generations to come… and the good thing is WE WON’T CHARGE A PENNY EXTRA.


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