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Iridesse - Digital Printing Press

Not only is quality and performance paramount when purchasing new equipment but consideration is also given to environmental impacts. Suited to our existing recycling program at Digital Print Australia, the new Iridesse has been designed to help reduce our environmental footprint.

Iridesse Credentials

Up to 97% of the Iridesse’s components are recyclable or can be remanufactured. It does not use any hazardous materials or generate any hazardous wastes.
More than 80%, by weight, of the waste generated by the machine, including consumables such as dry ink, packaging and parts, can be returned, reused, or recycled.
The Iridesse uses dry inks that are non-toxic and have a high efficiency transfer rate meaning less waste is generated. Dry ink is also easier to de-ink in commercial paper re-pulping processes compared with liquid toners.

Recycling programs

All by-products of our pre-press operation are subject to a recycling schedule. All plastics and paper/cardboard waste are removed from the premises and become part of recognised recycling programs.
Mechanical items replaced in our digital equipment are returned to the manufacturer for refurbishment and ultimate re-use.

Environmentally friendly paper

The Iridesse has the capability to print on any recycled stock. Environmentally friendly paper stocks are available from our extensive range. These include recycled papers with various percentages of pre or post consumer waste. Other papers available are produced using certified forest management systems while an increasing amount of paper companies are complying with International Standards of Environmental Management (ISO14001).

Glossary of Environmental Terms and Accreditations

Recycled paper

Recycled paper is manufactured with recovered fibre. Recycled fibres have been extracted from existing paper products, to be used in the manufacture of further paper products. Recycled paper can be 100% recycled or mixed with virgin fibre to improve consistency. Recycled paper can contain various percentages of pre or post consumer waste. Post consumer waste has reached the end user, typically homes and offices, and is considered the most environmentally efficient as it has completed a useful life before re-entering the cycle. Pre consumer waste has left the mill but has not reached the end user, and typically consists of trimmings and rejected material from printers. This waste often has not been printed on and so requires less de-inking.

Sustainable Forest management

Organisations have been established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Products are certified by these organisations to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

Sustainable forest management systems work to promote responsible forestry, conserve biological diversity and protect old growth forests. Some of these organisations include a 'Chain Of Custody' system that tracks paper from forest all the way to finished material.

Environmental Accreditation

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the International Organisation for Standardisation specification for an environmental management system (EMS). It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action, and management review.

EMAS – Eco Management and Audit Scheme

The European Eco-management and Audit Scheme, EMAS is a voluntary instrument which acknowledges organisations that improve their environmental performance on a continuous basis. EMAS registered organisations are legally compliant, run an Environment Management System and report on their environmental performance through the publication of an independently verified environmental statement. They are recognised by the EMAS logo, which guarantees the reliability of the information provided.

Carbon Neutral

Describes products and operations that have had their carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions

  1. Calculated
  2. Reduced where possible and
  3. 'Offset' through credits that fund renewable, emission free energy products.

Chlorine free paper

ECF – Elemental Chlorine Free

ECF indicates a paper that is made without the use of Elemental Chlorine. ECF pulp is produced with Chlorine dioxide, along with non-chlorine agents such as oxygen, resulting in a bleaching alternative that serves to reduce harmful

PCF – Process Chlorine Free

Paper that contains post consumer recycled fibre that was processed without the use of any additional chlorine or chlorine compounds.

TCF – Totally Chlorine Free

No chlorine gases are used in the bleaching process. The alternative bleaching agents used might be liquid oxygen, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hydroxide. TCF cannot apply to recycled papers, because the source fibre cannot be determined.

pH Neutral paper

Acid in paper will cause yellowing and deterioration over time. Acids can be removed, or papers may have buffering agents added to them so they become pH neutral. Good papers are rated as pH neutral, better papers are called "acid free" and the best papers are "archival".