Paper and printing:
TRANSFORM’s printer, Stora Enso Paper, is covered by third-party management systems for quality (ISO 9001), the environment (ISO 14001), and occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001).
Forestry certification from the PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody ensures that the paper used for production is from sustainable sources where no tree is ever cut down more than the forest grows.
In addition, the production process is carried out on an environmentally friendly basis, with 97% of the waste generated later reused for functions such as bioenergy production, agricultural purposes, brick manufacturing, and road construction.
More information on what Stora Enso Paper is doing to limit its impact on the environment and reduce the carbon footprint related to its manufacturing can be found here: http://printingandreading.storaenso.com/products-brands/for-print-media/coated-papers/StellaPress-H
Polyprint produces the polywrap used to distribute TRANSFORM, which is of food grade standard and fully recyclable by any reprocessing plant.
Polyprint highlight how all polythene will degrade completely in approximately 18 months when in contact with the sun’s UV light and oxygen.
A study from DEFRA found oxo-degradable plastic may have undesirable consequences on disposable facilities and the natural environment, while the length of time it takes to degrade cannot be predicted accurately.
The film used by Polyprint ensures it has an equal chance of being recycled along with other plastics, and can be easily incinerated to produce power and heat.
At present no commercially practical alternative is currently marketed and paper envelopes are prohibitively expensive.
However, we are acutely aware that members want the least environmentally damaging form of magazine distribution possible, and to this end we check the market routinely to ensure that no newly introduced option is overlooked.
Information on the recycling of polythene can be found here: http://www.polyprint.co.uk/recycling/