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Norfolk Firm Becomes First Carbon Balanced Publication Printer

Aylsham-based Barnwell Print is Norfolk’s first Carbon Balanced Publication Printer

Ever conscious of environmental issues, Barnwell Print’s responsible approach to the environment has seen a 90% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill – waste that is now recycled instead. And recent investment in electricity usage has resulted in a 20 tonne reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

A further 24 tonne reduction in carbon emissions has been achieved by installing a brand new biomass heating system at our printing premises in Aylsham near Norwich. We’re one of the first printers in the UK to utilise a biomass heating system which is fuelled by highly efficient wood pellets.

Barnwell Print has now taken a step further in becoming the county’s first Carbon Balanced Publication printing pioneer, where the carbon impact of the whole production of a printed item is estimated and then offset.  Verified by the Edinburgh Centre of Carbon Management and facilitated by their key paper supplier, these carbon emissions are then balanced, or offset, by the World Land Trust through the purchase and preservation of endangered areas of natural forest.

The World Land Trust is an international conservation charity based in Suffolk, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Since its foundation in 1989 the WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves and give permanent protection to wildlife and their habitat. To date they have assisted in the purchase of more than half-a-million acres of critical land.

Sir David Attenborough supports the World Land Trust

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Why Use Carbon Balanced Paper?

  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Adds credibility to your brand by use of a unique logo
  • Saves critically threatened tropical forests
  • We can produce certificates & management information to show your carbon savings and the area of land you have preserved
  • Our house sheet, ‘Regency’ offsets 0.85 tonnes of carbon and saves 67m² of forest per tonne of paper used
  • Carbon balancing (Offsetting) is done through the World Land Trust who are an environmental charity
  • The World Land Trust buy areas of critically threatened tropical forests to preserve and cultivate

Director, Julian Barnwell explains ‘Carbon Balanced Publication is one of the highest statements of integrity and credibility for users of paper-based communications, because the carbon impacts of the whole production of the printed item has been estimated and offset. We are extremely proud that we are using Carbon Balanced papers as our ‘house sheet’ and equally proud to be leading the way.’

Barnwell Print’s contribution makes impressive reading. Their commitment to the environment has enabled the Norfolk based printer to offset 525 tonnes of carbon and help the World Land Trust preserve 62,000 square metres (15.2 acres) of critically threatened tropical rain forest. This carbon balancing is equivalent to taking 189 average petrol cars off the road each year, or 292 return flights from London to New York.

Think how much we can save together…

Editors’ Note: For more information about Barnwell Print contact Julian Barnwell on 01263 732767.

For more information on carbon balancing visit carbonbalancedpaper.com.