We’re delighted to have joined just a handful of UK printing and packaging companies in becoming Certified Carbon Balanced Printers and have our annual emissions offset by World Land Trust (WLT) (May 2021).
We’re one of just 30 companies in the country at the moment to be given this title.
Simon Besley, our Director of Sales & Marketing, says: “When customers choose us for their printed packaging, they can now be completely confident in knowing they are using one of the most sustainable and planet-positive print solutions available.”
The certification, which is part of a scheme operated by WLT, was attained by offsetting our entire annual operational carbon footprint through the purchase of endangered tropical habitat.
By doing this, we will balance more than 254 tonnes of carbon each year, resulting in the preservation of more than 44 acres of endangered forest, equivalent to 25 football pitches.
Sir David Attenborough, a long-time patron and supporter of WLT, says of the charity: “The money that is given to WLT has, in my opinion, more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”
Using the funding from the Carbon Balanced programme, WLT is working with a partner organisation in Vietnam, Viet Nature, to conserve the forests of Khe Nuoc Trong (KNT).
Vietnam is home to around 10% of the world’s species. It is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies, which is putting pressure on its biodiversity.
Simon adds: “We are proud to support the fantastic work WLT is doing to protect threatened habitats and endangered wildlife.
“Everyone has had a challenging 14 months, but despite this, sustainability continues to be vital to us all and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to galvanise our ongoing commitment to the environment. We know this commitment is something that is shared by our clients and is essential for the future of our planet.
“We take great care to use environmentally-sound processes and are delighted to now be able to add WLT certification to our list of achievements, and to offer our clients truly Carbon Balanced printed packaging.”
The KNT project protects biodiversity by reducing illegal wildlife hunting and allowing natural regeneration of degraded areas within the 52,210-acre forest. This reduces pressure on the forest, allowing damaged parts to return to high-quality forest, producing a climate benefit annually of 41,686 tCO2e.
KNT is also an essential habitat for 40 globally threatened species, including Southern White-Cheeked Gibbon, Crested Argus and the Red Shanked Douc, one of the world’s most endangered monkeys.
Greg Selfe, Sales & Marketing Director at CarbonCO, the company responsible for delivering Carbon Balanced Print and Programme on behalf of WLT, explains: “It’s fantastic that Newton Print has joined the Carbon Balanced Programme.
“Businesses are now expected to prioritise their environmental commitments to meet growing demand from brands and consumers. Carbon Balanced Print offers a simple, effective solution to differentiate companies while creating huge benefits for tropical forests and endangered species.
“All certified printers and users of Carbon Balanced Print can proudly demonstrate their positive action by using the highly visible WLT logo on their printed material.
“Carbon Balanced Printers can also offer their customers certificates to highlight the amount of CO2 balanced and the area of land protected.”