As one of the predominant themes running throughout my dissertation is sustainability it is essential, for the physical outcome to not be contradictory, for the piece to be produced with as little environmental impact as possible. To ensure that this is possible, every aspect of the outcomes production must be carefully considered.
One of the first things I decided to define is the paper stock the outcome will be printed onto. Due to the short time I have to design and produce the outcome it is essential that I order all of the necessary elements needed to ensure that they arrive in time to produce the outcome.
LOVELY AS A TREE -
I started the process of selecting a supplier for stock by reviewing the 'Lovely as a Tree' website, a site which gives information on how to be an environmentally aware graphic designer.
Along with general advice, the website also features a section specifically dedicated to helping designers select environmentally friendly paper suppliers. Due to its relevance to my project, Information available on this the section of the website was subsequently used to help me define the specifics of the
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
- Choose a paper with the highest percentage of post-consumer waste as possible.
- Unbleached recycled paper undergoes fewer processes than other recycled or virgin fiber and therefore uses less energy and chemicals.
- Look for FSC certified materials - although not completely legitimate it is the most widely agreed certification scheme available for paper.
EU BASED PAPER SUPPLIERS -
Also available on the 'Lovely as a Tree' website was a list of EU paper suppliers that produce and/or sell low-impact, recycled paper.
AYLESFORD NEWSPRINT -
Below are the certificates available on the Aylesford website evidencing their commitment to producing a low-impact environmentally friendly product.
Unfortunately, Aylesford Newsprint only supply their stocks in huge web fed rolls suited for large clients mass producing publications. As my outcome will be screen printed and only produced in short run of publications a web fed roll of paper is a completely unsuitable choice. Therefore, despite the perfect nature of the paper and the UK location the supplier is unsuitable for the project.
Upon being told by Terry that the paper selection is unsuitable I was also directed to a seperate supplier who they believed sold recycled newsprint made from post-consumer waste.
MIDDLETON PAPER -
BACK TO UNIVERSITY
Upon returning back to university on the 5th of January one of the first tasks I set myself was to find out if the newsprint available from university was produced from post consumer waste and if it was purchased from a UK manufacturer.
STANDARD NEWSPRINT -
- Made from recycled, post consumer waste.
- Purchased from UK supplier.