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Environment

We are committed to producing exemplary print and media products.

Here, exemplary means

  • avoiding,
  • reducing and
  • compensating for
environmental burdens ― in that order.

We handle all, or nearly all, value-adding aspects of print production in-house at a single location: everything from prepress to postpress finishing. This avoids having to transport intermediate products back and forth, which reduces CO2 emissions. It would be unthinkable for us to, for example, print items in Germany, finish them in France, personalize them in the Czech Republic and dispatch them to customers from the Netherlands.

Environmentally friendly innovations in equipment can greatly cut down on CO2 emissions. Papermaking, and especially paper made from fresh pulp, accounts for the greatest share of the CO2 that is emitted in connection with print products. But the number of waste sheets (unusable sheets generated during press startup and print runs) can be greatly reduced by ensuring precise sheet travel in the press and deploying innovative systems to accurate and quickly measure and assess the quality and color of printed sheets.
We therefore made a point of choosing a printing press manufacturer that has succeeded in substantially decreasing energy use by means of brilliantly engineered technical details.
Examples include aerodynamically optimized gripper assemblies that reduce turbulence along the path of sheet travel, placement of the dryers closer to the sheets, and more economical use of vacuum and blast air for sheet control. The net effect has been to lower press energy consumption by 30 percent and dramatically reduce the associated CO2 emissions.

It has long been standard practice to use isopropyl alcohol (IPA) in the dampening systems of offset printing presses, because it decreases the surface tension of the solution and improves wetting of the impression cylinders. However, when the IPA evaporates it contaminates the pressroom air and also releases CO2 as it degrades. Print shops typically add around 10 percent IPA by volume to the dampening solution, depending on printing conditions. Because of the associated health hazards and environmental burdens, Bastian Druck has been working for years to reduce its use of this additive. In recent years we have succeeded in bringing down the IPA concentration first to 4-5 percent, then to the current level of two percent. Our ultimate goal, however, is to stop using IPA altogether in the medium term.

We have also made enormous progress in reducing the amount of chemicals used for imaging the printing plates: from 18,000 to only 600 liters a year.