15th November 2016 The Queens Cousin, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO Visited us at Seacourt to present us our 3rd Queens Award – the highest accolade a business can be recognised with in the UK.
2016 represents a landmark year us at Seacourt, celebrating winning our 3rd Queens Award for Sustainable Development in recognition of re-inventing the printing press with world first technology LightTouch TM, as well as it being our 70th anniversary.
Put simply, LightTouch enables us to produce the highest quality printed materials with the lightest environmental impact possible, anywhere in the world. LightTouch uses 0% water and 0% chemicals – our factory is powered by 100% renewable energy, is carbon positive and produces ZERO waste to landfill – demonstrating how printing can truly be the most sustainable mass communication channel.
“Everything starts with an idea, if you can think it you can create it” says Seacourt MD Gareth Dinnage “Our vision is to have a business that ultimately benefits both the environment and society, with LightTouch we are edging ever closer to achieving our aspiration”
21st April 2016: Seacourt has announced that it
has won its third Queen's Award for Sustainable
Development in recognition of its ground-breaking
LightTouch® print technology, the world's first
waterless LED printing process.
We're thrilled to announce that we've been selected from a number of UK companies by the Earth Champions Foundation to be awarded the "Earth Champions Quest, Bristol Region, 2015".
Awards were held on Monday early evening at the auspicious offices at Bristol Zoo! The award was presented to our own Sales Account Manager, Kirstyn Moller, and made by the renowned environmentalist Sir Crispin Tickell, Chair of the International Advisory Committee.
So what exactly is an Earth Champion?
The Foundation puts it as:
These are individuals (of any age group) and organisations who dare to be different, inventive and courageous. They are doing positive work for our environment and wellbeing, often without recognition or reward. They are nominated from within communities and through the programme, become recognised leaders and mentors in community programmes that bring people together, empower them and show them how to make change.
Says Kirstyn Moller "We're so happy to be nominated for this award. We recognise the brilliant work that the Earth Champions Foundation is undertaking and applaud their results across so many countries worldwide. "
We take the greatest pleasure in announcing LightTouch, a completely unique world-first printing concept.
LightTouch is a revolution in high performance, low impact printing, which combines the benefits of waterless technology with instant LED drying.
What does it DO?
LightTouch combines two superior, previously unconnected environmental technologies, Waterless Printing and LED instant drying, to produce a revolutionary environmental printing process, created specifically for Seacourt.
These improvements in environmental processes go hand-in-hand with the hightest levels of print quality performance.
For more information, please visit www.seacourt.net/lighttouch
Here at Seacourt we’ve been busy! We’ve just finished extending our first-floor space to incorporate an area for storing paper, freeing up our factory floorspace and thereby increase our production capacity in all kinds of ways. By using the previously redundant ceiling space, we’ve created an extra whopping 17% of space, enabling us to use our building more effectively and efficiently.
Our army of tiger worms and wormery have been successfully moved to their new abode within the new extention and by all accounts are very happy.
And there is a lot more news to come at Seacourt – just watch this space!
We're thrilled to have been notified that we've been awarded a Gold Category Award by the Zero Waste Awards team as part of the excellent www.letsrecycle.com. These awards are open to all organisations across all sectors and are awarded on a Gold, Silver or Bronze category, depending on level of achievement.
The Zero Waste Awards Aims are:
Stimulate debate to drive improvement
Inspire and encourage organisations to commit to Zero Waste
Educate and connect with the next generation
Celebrate progress in driving down waste
Showcase innovation and recognise best practice
Reward those who demonstrate how Zero Waste can be achieved
Keep up with current legislation
The Gold Category winners are then automatically entered into the Awards for Excellence in Recycling in Waste Management. We look forward to participating along with other Gold achievers later in the year!
'Flying out the door' and 'hotcakes' are the metaphors which come to mind - our new Recycled Art Calendars 2014 are once again a big hit with our customers. Inspiring, beautiful and useful, they're a desktop must-have for any eco-loving person wanting a calendar, and will brighten up any deskspace.
We do have a few extra copies which we'd be more than pleased to go to good use, so if you're not a customer but would love one of these calendars, please contact us and we'll get one out to you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured: Horned Owl, January 2014, courtesy of Hubcap Creatures, material: hubcaps http://www.hubcapcreatures.com/,
The search is on! After a huge runaway success with our Recycled Art Calendar for 2013, (which required a subsequent reprint mid-January as demand was unrelenting), we are now searching for content for the next 2014 calendar.
The Seacourt calendar goes out to approximately 1500 sustainably-oriented organisations and so it’s a wonderful opportunity to promote your cool artwork or eco-designs! It could be wild and wacky, or practical and purposeful but it must be made from either recycled materials or be a product of "eco-design" merit.
So if you or someone you know is producing wonderful, innovative and ingenious work, either in the field of art or product design, please email email@example.com.
Water consumption, a critical issue which has been and is being overlooked in the World's focus on fossil fuels, waste management and climate change. The reality is that this problem is a ticking time-bomb which just hasn't had the airing in a world where there are so many other environmental issues jostling for prominence. And it's all a lot more complex than most people would believe because it is not just about saving the water we individually consume on a daily basis, but that which is consumed in the production of goods, including food.
"the problem is a ticking time-bomb"
So what exactly is "embedded water". The term “embedded carbon” ie the carbon emissions during the lifetime of a product, is fairly familiar. So the term “embedded water” should not prove to be too difficult to understand, ie the water consumption at all stages within the life-cycle of the product.
It is currently estimated that already in only 20 years’ time water availability will be 40 per cent below where it needs to be to support a growing global population. The report, Charting our Water Future from the 2030 Water Resources Group (a group of industry experts, academics and NGOS) gives stark warnings that demand is likely to reach beyond the capacity of existing reliable supplies. This means that not only will huge investment be required in new water infrastructure but businesses and consumers will also have to start using water far more efficiently than they do currently.
"It is currently estimated that already in only 20 years’ time water availability will be 40 per cent below where it needs to be to support a growing global population."
Reducing our usage is the easy part. What is far more difficult is the notion of “embedded water” within our products. For instance,
Product Water Usage
Cup of tea 30 litres
One Apple 70 litres
Cup of Coffee 140 litres
Loaf of bread 440 litres
Bag of sugar 1500 litres
500g chunk of cheese 2500 litres
Packet of rice 3400 litres
Beef Steak 3875 litres
Pair of Jeans 10,850 litres
(Source: University of Twente / Unesco)
As is evident, the problem of "hidden" water embedded in the production of food and other products is a critical issue and needs addressing in the same way as climate change and other environmental issues. Water consumption requires not just reduction from individuals and organisations, but world focus and impetus on new technology and innovation to be able to produce products more water efficiently.
Our most precious resource on this earth is water. Its availability is and always has been finite. Up to 97% of the world's water is salt water, therefore only 3% is freshwater, and 2% is tied up in glaciers (for now). Water is a vital need, the scarcity of which could be immediately more harmful than either Climate Change or Peak Oil.
Back in April of this year, our Seacourt Challenge Competition marked the launch of Seacourt’s brand new website. The latter contained a new interactive tool to enable you to challenge your printer and gauge the grades of environmental commitment in an easy to understand way.
The competition itself was simple: Take the Seacourt Challenge and see just how green we are compared to other printers. The prize was the opportunity to win £200 for the charity of your choice.
We proudly announce that the first name out of the hat was ..... Green Tomato Cars, London’s first green minicab service launched back in London 2006. An incredible story of growth and entrepreneurism, these guys started off with 4 cars in a small riverside office in west London, and are now up to 400 cars and a growing reputation for top notch service with fabulous extras. Offering a highly personalised service with the greenest of vehicles, they are taking the mini-cab industry by storm! For more information go to www.greentomatocars.com.
Louise Renaudin of Greentomatocars marketing department stated “This is really GREAT GREAT news and we are really excited about it at greentomatocars!”
The charity they have chosen is the KTS Trust, a wonderful little school based in the Kumasi Region of Ghana, bringing education and care to many hundreds of children from the region. For more information, please visit: http://www.ktschoolgh.co.uk/
Environmental print champion Seacourt Limited scoops yet another victory in the national award stakes, competing alongside giants such as Sainsburys and B&Q.
The multi-award-winning environmental print company won the award based on its closed-loop zero-waste to landfill status, a world first in the printing industry. Since October 2009, there have been no waste collections to landfill from the Seacourt premises, instead they’ve been reducing, re-using or recycling every one of the numerous waste streams.
Seacourt is no stranger to awards - along with a string of national awards, two Queen’s Awards in Sustainable Development and being acknowledged as one of the first printers worldwide to achieve EMAS, a top-notch environmental management system, the company has come a long way since its decision to go “green” back in 1997.
The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2013 were held Thursday 16th May and were open to all sizes of business in all sectors of industry. Seacourt’s resounding victory in the award for Innovation was described by the Guardian Judges as “very impressive and beyond best practice” and were delighted to see such an interesting and inspirational entry from a small company.
Gareth Dinnage, Managing Director of Seacourt stated “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. We all work very hard at Seacourt to maintain high printing standards together with our core sustainable approach. To achieve recognition for innovation by the Guardian, the leading broadsheet in sustainable-orientation is just terrific. A crowning achievement of a green journey which started 16 years ago”.
Photo: Jo Confin (Executive Editor of The Guardian and Chair of Guardian Sustainable Business) presents Jim Dinnage (Chairman of Seacourt Ltd) with the award for Innovation, Ben Thompson (Marketing Director of Foresight Group). Photograph by Anna Gordon.
Christmas day 2012 was a little bit different this year as instead of a traditional Xmas day we (Myself and my wife Joelle) visited the Bwejuu charity school in Zanzibar.
After contacting the Principal Mr Rajab Alijaku we arranged to visit the school on Xmas day to meet the children, pass across some gifts for the school and watch a charity football match! We (Seacourt), The Global Art Agency and The Funky Art Gallery donated art and educational supplies for the children. Items that we knew that they did not have access to such as paints, colouring pens, pencils, maths equipment and a host of other bits and pieces that will enable the school to extend the curriculum to include art classes for the children.
Set up in 2004 the school offers compulsory education for orphans and for students coming from poor or dysfunctional families at no cost (though if possible, the families of the students are required to contribute a small amount towards the running cost of the school). The school is a charity and not funded by government and so relies on sponsorship and donations to provide books and pens plus training for staff and covering cost of other expenses.
The Schools priority is to provide the children with hope, love and attention by providing a place where they can attend during school hours taught by the generous help of volunteers. The school currently provides pre-school to class five (age 12) and currently have twelve volunteer teachers who all require teacher training.
Mr Alijaku and the children welcomed us to the school and introduced us to the community leaders who act as school governors and kindly gave us a tour of the school. As well as the classrooms for the 250 children there is also basic living accommodation for the 49 boys and girls who live at the school. What Mr Alijaku and his team has achieved is fantastic – but there is still much they need help with. The Library is in need of used books for the children to learn more about the wider world, the football match that was played has the children all playing bare foot with no shoes or shin pads, the accommodation is very basic, and of course there are always general day to day needs for the school....
Check out the video clip of our visit to meet the children. If you are interested in learning more about the Charity school please get in touch with Mr Rajab Alijaku directly through their website.
If you are interested in getting involved directly, Mr Alijaku is building volunteers’ accommodation on school site, making it easier for volunteers to get involved with the school without incurring any costs for accommodation.
1) What are the three most important factors for environmental impact to consider when printing?
We are being told that printing is not particularly sustainable, produce a PDF instead and drive online – however is the invisible cost of powering the laptops being driven by the enormous data centres being considered in this thinking?
Printing hard copies should be used when suitable and so long as you pick a print partner who considers the environment you can use a communication channel which can be called truly sustainable.
VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) ask your printer what they have done to reduce this, and if they have an ongoing strategy to do so?
VOC’sproduce low-level Ozone which contributes towards smog, these are emitted in the print process by the nasty chemical Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA). IPA or similar substitutes are used to break the surface tension of the water to enable the offset lithographic process to work. These VOC’s are harmful to every living being.
We have reduced our VOC emissions by over 98.5% by converting to Waterless Printing and a number of other measures
Water usage – water scarcity is and will continue to be a real environmental issue. Offset lithographic printers consume a tremendous amount of fresh water; this then gets polluted by the IPA (as above) in order to print – it is a completely wasteful use of our most precious resource.
What is your printer doing to address their water usage and subsequent pollution of this vital resource?
We do not use water in our waterless offset printing process, saving us the equivalent of a small lake of water a year – Furthermore we also save 135,000 litres a year by installing a water recycling unit on our plate processer.
We believe in water for all living beings and flora and fauna not for industry.
Waste Recycling – How much waste is your printer sending to landfill? What are their targets for the next 12 months to reduce this? We as a country are filling the Albert Hall every two hours with waste, much of which can be and should be recycled thus saving significant amounts of Methane (Far longer lived than CO2)
In October 2009 we became the World’s First ZERO waste printing company, we have no waste bins and send nothing to landfill. This closed loop system ensures that all production materials coming into the factory leave as finished product or into one of our many recycling streams for 2nd generation use.
2) What makes Seacourt one of the best environmental printers in the UK?We have been focused on best environmental practice since 1998 and everything we do is geared towards how we can further reduce our environmental impact.
We are as close to ZERO environmental impact as is currently possible, this has been achieved by some notable milestones:
2nd Printer worldwide to achieve EMAS the gold standard environmental management + ISO14001, ISO9001
Even the Queen has recognised our industry leading approach by awarding us x2 ”Queens Awards for Sustainable Development 2007 & 2011”
3) How does the printing industry as a whole do environmentally? Are things improving?
There is most definitely a gradual improvement in the print industry. However we believe that this is being driven by the consumer rather than any ideology of the printer, which is something we hope will change.
Unfortunately there is real confusion as to what makes an “Environmental printer”. Some would say using FSC paper, for others ISO14001....both of which are a long way from what really matters as highlighted previously.
Just for clarity – FSC.
UK print uses 94.4% soft wood European Trees, these are a crop and are harvested accordingly – it is therefore fully sustainable. There is now 30% more forest in Europe than there was in 1950. People need to be specifying 50% recycled stock as a minimum and it is not about trees the key issue is diverting from landfill as previously indicated.
This is the start of the journey, the first rung on the ladder. Anyone can achieve this accreditation; the important thing is what improvements are being made to the company? We have held ISO14001 since 1998, so we are significantly further along the path then a company who gained accreditation last year....In order to fully understand what this means you need to ask the questions as stated above, what improvements have been made, what are their targets?
In order to really help the printing industry help themselves we need customers to fully understand the questions that ought to be asked, we need you to challenge your printer and influence change.
4) Is it more expensive to print in an eco-friendly way?
No is the simple answer.
“There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and he who considers price only is that mans lawful prey” Mr John Ruskin.
This I think is applicable to us all.
5) What exciting new developments are there in environmental printing?
The developments are already here, we are already helping clients to significantly reduce the environmental impact of their printed materials within their supply chain.
More partnerships and collaboration and helping customers to ask the right questions that will enable them to make a real difference.