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Why the power of print and paper is a positive approach

One of the customer service team based at the Gemini Print Bristol office told us “Talking to a friend recently about plastic poisoning helped me understand more about how important it is that we provide so many eco solutions for our customers. To think – we now have so many options that include organic branded merchandise and promotional products, biodegradable hi gloss digital printing, litho printing inks with a vegan certificate to high quality effectively managed paper sources with a total chain of custody to name but a few!”.

Long before it was deemed fashionable to ensure your firm was eco-active the Gemini Print Group teams were reviewing every stage of their operation to achieve and succeed with effective eco-certification and accreditation.  The south-east team based at the Shoreham by Sea HQ in addition to the Bristol, London and North East based colleagues are proud of the standards Group Managing Director Steve Cropper ensures everyone consistently strives to develop and enhance the options for customers.

We were impressed and inspired with the writings of David Gamage, Managing Director at Earth Island Publishing Ltd based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  He published the following feature on Linked In on August 9th 2018.

At last everybody is talking. Thankfully the world is waking up to the environmental debate. Starting with plastics in the ocean we hope this is going to spread to be a fuller, more comprehensive and in-depth conversation about the environment and sustainability, which will at last see people take look at this issue with the seriousness it deserves.

Perhaps now, more than ever, the graphic arts industry, have the greatest opportunity to put across our environmental ethos and show how making a simple change to paper-based communications, paper-based packaging, and paper-based alternatives, can help the environment, by not only lessening the consumption of unsustainable resources, but also through the positive effects of planting and growing more and more trees, using a product that is quickly and easily recycled and reused, and working with producer companies that put the environment and sustainability firmly in the centre of their businesses.

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ Sir David! Since the wonderful Blue Planet, with our national hero David Attenborough, highlighted the huge problem of plastics in the seas – and the terrible environmental impacts that this is having – the whole world is taking notice of this problem. Thank you, Mr Attenborough.

Of course, this is something that all Earth Island’s magazines – Print Solutions, Packaging Solutions, and of course Green Solutions – have been writing about for some years. Yet, what is needed is a public and respected figure such as David Attenborough to connect with the general public and all of a sudden it is big news – and we really couldn’t be happier!

It is estimated that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. Research indicates that without urgent action to cut demand this is likely to be 34 billion tonnes by 2050. By which time, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! That is not just a throwaway statistic. That is absolutely earth shattering – in more ways than one!

The ‘cut plastics’ message has been bolstered by the government’s own 25 Year Environment Plan, where ‘avoidable plastic waste will be eliminated by the end of 2042’. Yet, 2042 is a long way off, and by then, if we do nothing now, the earth will have been impacted so badly that we will have gone past the point of return. We need to act now – in 2018 – not in 2042. We need to act today. We need to act fast. And, we all need to take responsibility for our actions at home, at work and at play.

Keith Taylor is Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. In response to the government’s announcement, he said: ‘Theresa May rightly identified the scourge of plastic pollution as one of the most urgent problems facing Britain and the planet. Sadly, however, the announcement of the 25 Year Environ-mental Plan provided scant detail of any policies the Government hopes to implement to actually tackle the issue. The Prime Minister also completely failed to acknowledge that to have any hope of winning the fight against a plastic pollution problem that has no respect for borders, it is essential Britain works closely and collaboratively with its neighbours.’

The government has already extended the 5p plastic carrier bag charge to all retailers in England. To date, we have used nine billion fewer plastic bags as a direct consequence of introducing the charge to inject new funding into plastics innovation through a bid into the government’s £7 billion research and development pot. This is great, but why it does not simply outlaw plastic bags completely and allow the use of sustainable and biodegradable paper-based bags is beyond me – but that is a rant for another day!

And, why is this research money going only to ‘plastics’ innovation? What about some government funding for more sustainable alternatives such as paper or paperboard? Our papermaking industry in the UK has been in decline for decades – not due to lack of knowledge and skills, but mostly due to past governments turning a blind eye to the problems of running a competitive industry in a European market. Yet, the few mills that we now have left are at the pinnacle of creative innovation – and all are hugely successful in their environmental work, pioneering and leading the world on processes such as one use coffee cup recycling.

But, to come back to the oceans. In the UK alone, during its recent Great British Beach Clean Up, the Marine Conservation Society found 718 pieces of litter for every 100 metre stretch of beach surveyed, and of this rubbish from food and drink made up at least one fifth. Prime minister Theresa May said, ‘This truly is one of the great environmental scourges of our time. We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates. To tackle it we will take action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic.’

So, a call to arms for all of us? Well, we have heard from many environmental organisations about the problem. We have seen many schemes – from school children cleaning up beaches to free water refill stations and the ‘ditch plastic straws’ campaign – calling for a reduction in plastics. Many of these fine people have been kind enough to mention that there is an alternative to plastics – paper based products, which are biodegradable, sustainable and more eco-friendly.

Committing – Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has found that the equivalent of one dumper truck’s worth of plastic enters the oceans every minute, and by 2050 it forecasts there could be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. Today, only 14% of plastic packaging gets collected for recycling.

Big brands are already committing to reduce their plastics. This is a massive opportunity for packaging producers and designers who can offer more sustainable options like paper.

Unilever, for instance, has called for the consumer goods industry to step up its efforts to tackle the mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics.

One year after Unilever made its commitment to ensure 100% of its plastic packaging was fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman welcomed news that ten other companies have made similar pledges. These include big names such as Amcor, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, Marks & Spencer, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, and Walmart. Other brands such as McDonald’s Waitrose, Tetra Pak and Iceland have also made commitments to reduce, or completely eliminate plastics from their supply chains.

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said, ‘Addressing the issue of ocean plastic is a shared responsibility – all stakeholders in the value chain must work together in partnership to find effective solutions. However, there is no doubt that the response from the consumer goods industry will be amongst the most critical in determining the speed at which positive change takes place. We are at a critical juncture.’

Unilever has made good progress on reducing its waste footprint. Since 2010, the waste associated with the disposal of its products has decreased by 28% and the weight of its packaging has reduced by 15%. The company also stopped sending non hazardous waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites in 2015. But Unilever is just one brand owner who will have to replace its plastics with alternatives. It is estimated that the companies who have signed up to date influence more than six million metric tonnes of plastic packaging each year.

Nearer to home, the BBC is also introducing a three step plan to remove single use plastic from its operations by 2020. Plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of 2018, ending the use of around two million plastic cups used by visitors and staff across the BBC’s sites a year. Several sites have already begun to remove plastic cups from kitchens and replace with glasses wherever possible. This will be rolled out to all BBC offices. Plastic containers will be removed from canteens by 2019 starting with a pilot in Salford, where the company is trialling a coffee cup recycling scheme.

The BBC aims to be completely free of single use plastic across by 2020. Discus-sions will take place over the coming months with current suppliers and services to assess when further changes can be introduced, cutting the amount of single use plastic in other parts of its operations such as coffee cups, packaging of products it buys and catering on location. The company also states that any new contracts which come up for tender will also include the requirement to cut single use plastic.

Following on from Blue Planet II, BBC One has commissioned a 90 minute special with science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin setting out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and explore ways in which science can offer a solution. Tony Hall, BBC director general, said: ‘Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single use plastic. We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan, I hope we can have a BBC free of single use plastic altogether.’

Just don’t make them! If we all banned plastic bottles from the workplace, the UK would save 3.9 billion bottles from being produced by 2020. The saving would amount to 156,000 tonnes of plastic a year. These are the findings of office provider Desk.co.uk which is spear-heading a campaign to have all single-use plastic bottles outlawed by 2020.

Jonathan Ratcliffe, the spokesman for the company, commented: ‘Thirty per cent of all plastic drinking bottles are used in the workplace, that works out at a staggering 3.9 billion bottles a year in the UK being made for what purpose? What is wrong with using a glass and a tap for crying out loud!’ He continued, ‘You have people sitting at work drinking from single-use plastic bottles when a walk to the kitchen to refill a glass would help cut over 156,000 tonnes of plastic from being produced in the first place.’

According to RecycleNow statistics, Britons get through:

  • 480 plastic bottles a year per household.
  • 35 million plastic bottles per day nationally.
  • 13 billion plastic bottles a year nationally (2016).

According to BusinessWaste.co.uk, the biggest saving that can be made in terms of energy is not producing things in the first place, and like the smoking ban, UK lawmakers have to take enforce such a change.

It has been revealed that 44% of plastic bottles do not get recycled by households, the fears are that businesses throw even more than that away.
‘Recycling plastic is well and good, but if we didn’t make the things in the first place it just wouldn’t be an issue,’ said Jonathan. ‘There is a huge push by office providers up and down the country to reduce both waste and energy consumption and we need help. We need the government to step in.’

Recent years have seen a huge increase in the amount of offices using water fountains – but even these aren’t without their environmental impact. Plastic cups, the water fountains and the water bottles themselves are all plastic and cost resources to move around.

The Mayor of London has announced a plan to build a network of water fountains in London in a push to reduce our love of one use plastic bottles, whilst many shops such as Neal’s Yard, supermarkets, and malls are now switching on to the ‘refill station’ initiative, whereby a ‘tap’ is provided for shoppers to refill reusable water containers for free. ‘We are 100% behind Mayor Khan with his efforts to totally discourage bottles, however his plans simply do not go far enough for us. We would like to see a policy towards phasing them out altogether,’ added Jonathan.

Louise Green, head of sustainability at Neal’s Yard Remedies, said: ‘We already have sink stations with taps on the shop floor of many of our stores so it made sense to allow people to fill up when they drop by. We want to offer people a convenient way to stay hydrated so they don’t need to keep buying plastic bottles and contribute to the global issues around plastic waste.’

This issue will continue to be debated, but we really need to ensure that we do more than ‘talk’. Action is needed and it is needed now. Thankfully, there are alternatives – many of which come from our own industry. We really do need to shout about it more though, otherwise the world will continue to scratch its head and say, ‘what on earth will we do if we don’t have plastics’ and governments will continue to pump billions into plastics research.

We really do need to make this a cohesive, coherent and concerted effort to spread the love, and the truth, about paper based products further. Now is our time, and we would be foolish to miss this amazing opportunity.

Additionally, did you know…
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has awarded VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland for a packaging solution made of.
VTT is one of the five prize winners, between whom the foundation splits a one million dollar prize. The new material can extend the shelf life of food, while also reducing food waste and the worldwide microplastics problem.

As material, cellulose is safe, renewable, recyclable and compostable. VTT developed a compostable and lightweight packaging material by combining cellulose films with different, but complementary properties.

The plastic like packaging material is suitable for dry and greasy products, such as nuts, cereals, coffee, condiments and raisins. The greatest benefits can be reached when the material is used for packaging products with a long shelf life.

In terms of properties, the material is highly competitive or in many cases even better than the currently available biodegradable bio-plastics. With minor modifications, it can be produced with existing production machinery. Optimisation of cellulose layers produces excellent packaging properties.

The packaging can be produced by combining cellulose films with different properties. The flexible and transparent lightweight material protects the product from atmospheric gases and humidity. It also forms a barrier against the grease or mineral oil in the product. The package can be sealed by heating.

‘By optimising the layer structure, we can improve the technical properties and reduce the amount of materials used. If the package was manufactured of one cellulose based material only that would meet all the requirements for a good packaging material, the package would be very thick and heavy,’ said Ali Harlin, research professor at VTT. He estimates that the packaging material can be commercialised within three to five years.

On 15 August 2017, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced a prize aimed at seeking new materials to solve the global micro-plastics problem. The matter is urgent: it has been estimated that every year more than eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in oceans.

‘In a New Plastics Economy, plastics will never become waste or enter the ocean in the first place. To get there will require new levels of commitment and collaboration from industry, governments, designers and start ups. I hope these innovations will inspire even more progress, helping to build a system in which all plastic materials are reused, recycled or safely composted,’ said Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Also, did you know…
A new collaborative initiative will help turn the tide on the UK’s growing issue of plastic waste – if all of the plastic bottles that are not collected for recycling in the UK each year were placed end to end, they would go around the world 31 times.

The ambitious UK initiative will involve collaborative action and commitment by businesses, industry, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society at large, to re-define what is possible and create a plastic system that works – a circular economy where plastic is valued and never becomes waste.

The initial focus will be on plastic packaging and will aim to:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single use plastic packaging.
  • Make sure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Significantly increase the collection and recycling of plastic packaging.
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging to drive demand for recycled material.
  • Impassion and enable citizens to play their part in reducing plastic packaging waste and litter.

The holistic initiative is currently in development by sustainable production and consumption experts WRAP, and is a joint partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Marcus Gover, CEO at WRAP, said: ‘So far the solutions to plastic waste have been piecemeal. I am pleased to be leading this holistic initiative which will transform the UK’s plastics system. Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we will bring together every ‘body, business and organisation’ involved in the lifecycle of plastics to make the move from a throw away culture to one where resources are used over and over again.’

Dame Ellen MacArthur said: ‘Creating a circular economy for plastics amounts to a huge opportunity for the economy as well as providing a longer term benefit for the environment. Achieving it will require close collaboration and significant commitment from industry, government, and society at large. We are delighted to work with WRAP to help unleash such collaboration here in the UK, as a first national implementation initiative of our global New Plastics Economy initiative.’

And, did you know…
A new technology could dramatically increase recycling rates, as people should be able to recycle plastics in their own homes, and new build houses should come with the technology ready installed. That is the view of a major British waste and recycling company which says the technology already exists to allow plastics to be either pelleted or turned into useful items.

BusinessWaste.co.uk says that while the technology isn’t suitable for every home, it is a major step toward making the UK a 100% recycling economy. ‘We are very much at the ‘early adopters’ stage with this concept,’ said BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall, ‘but this has the potential to grow very big indeed.’
Most plastic recycling is done by big companies and involves collecting waste plastics from homes and industry to be shredded and processed. The new process has been developed to allow domestic plastic shredders, much like household kitchen waste disposals. Householders will be left with sorted pelleted plastic waste, which they can either sell back to companies, or use for their own purposes.

Mark foresees a future where householders can just toss unwanted plastics down a chute in their kitchen, and it is shredded and collected ‘behind the scenes’. The potential for the technology is enormous. Mark added, ‘It is literally shred and forget, and the plastic pellets are just taken away.’ But for those who want to take the entire concept to its logical conclusion, waste plastics can be shredded and converted into other plastic products in the home.

‘Plastic pellets are easily converted into the ‘ink’ for 3D printers, and from there, the sky’s the limit,’ said Mark. People already experimenting with everyday household plastic waste say they are turning it into plates, bowls, cups and other items.

With BusinessWaste.co.uk campaigning for a society which recycles its waste as much as possible, the idea of in-home plastic shredding and re-use can only be a good one. ‘We are heading toward a no waste society where everybody’s involved with recycling,’ said Mark. ‘Not everybody has bought into the concept, but there are enough on board who see a future that keeps industry costs down by constant recycling of materials.’

But worryingly, the scary truth is…

  • It is estimated that more than eight million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year.
  • Worldwide, more than one million plastic bags are used every minute.
  • More than one million plastic bottles are sold per minute worldwide.
  • The production process to make a bottle of water, takes six times more water than that contained within the bottle.
  • It can take between 500 and 1000 years for plastics to degrade – if it ever does! That means that the majority of plastics ever produced, still exist on the earth or in the oceans.
  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds ever year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.
  • The plastic debris also gets into food – like shellfish – so you may well be ingesting it too.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more than twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one. This is the largest of these so called ‘gyres’, but there are four others which are growing.
  • Plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
  • The cause of all this pollution and environmental degradation? Us!

It’s time to put this right and for the paper, print and packaging industry to make sure it’s creativity and sustainability is known by all.

WELL SAID DAVID! Let’s all work together to keep ensuring people understand the power of print and paper  – when you would like the Gemini Print team to help improve the eco standards of your printing, communications and promotional projects just contact marketing@gemini-print or call 01273 464884.

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

FACEBOOK Using The Power of Print

Gemini Print are celebrating that another major brand has realised the power of print on paper – recognising that print is the powerful and effective way to get an important message across.

Social media giant Facebook launched GROW.  While always extolling the virtues of digital they quietly launched the British based quarterly magazine aimed at wealthy businesspeople in the UK and Northern Europe– some call it a brochure, most call it a magazine.  The cover of GROW states a ‘quarterly magazine for business leaders’ although this contrasts with their head of business marketing who says GROW is a ‘business marketing programme’ so it’s a brochure.  However, roles such as editor in chief and creative director plus Facebook executive Nicola Mendelsohn referring to Grow as a magazine in her introduction makes denial rather futile!

There is so much evidence to support the facts that a good piece of print has the power to engage people at a very deep level providing a trusted experience.  Digital media is increasingly becoming a tarnished communication for advertisers. ‘Rules of Attraction’ reports that 81% of people purchased an item or visited a place after reading about it in a magazine.

Grow magazine reaches the target readership through targeted mailing, at Facebook business events and selected lounges at airports and train stations to reach executives ‘in transit’.  Facebook stated in a post about Grow “We know that business leaders have limited times for long reads at work.”

Writers commissioned by Facebook present articles and features ranging from hipster profiles such as Oscar Olsson of H&M (the millennial whisperer) to the growth of technology in the Middle East and the new role of Paris as a startup hub.

Grow Your Business. Grow Your Network. Grow Your Mind

 Some people may raise an eyebrow that FACEBOOK has used the same title as a cannabis horticulture magazine that is on FACEBOOK and publishes a magazine in the US, but maybe it expresses their supreme brand confidence not caring about such things!

Paul Crimmen, Development Director, Gemini Print says “We welcome the recognition by Facebook that the most powerful approach to maximise engagement and response is through an effective multi-media approach.  Gemini Print are recognised as innovators guiding clients to gain from the strength of integrating print with online and multi-media.”

Paul and his team invite you to contact Gemini Print on 01273 464884 or marketing@gemini-print.co.uk for a free demonstration.  He says “customers are always so pleasantly shocked at the low entry cost to this powerful way to increase ROI on any marketing or communications – I typically have to repeat the price as they expect so much more for the huge value they can gain.”

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Welcome to Your New Job With Gemini Print!

With consistent investment and development of services for customers across all aspects of printing, promotional products, mailing and fulfilment plus exciting innovations the award-winning Gemini Print team is looking for new people to join.

Established in Sussex for more than forty years the Gemini Print headquarters in Shoreham by Sea is well situated to be reached by road, rail or the coastal bus service so applicants from across Sussex can apply.

Matt Cooper, Production Director Gemini Print said “we are very proud to be recognised as the leading commercial printer who attracts the best skills and experienced people to join as they spot the chance to develop genuine career opportunities with a company that ‘dares to be different’.  Printing is not a glamorous industry.  It is however full of variety and challenges at Gemini Print as every project for our customers demands a bespoke high-quality response.  It is this creativity and adherence to precisely what customers need that provides the satisfaction that skills and performance excellence are respected and valued”.

Many apprenticeships and trainee opportunities that lead to progression and stable career development for roles that do not demand previous experience have disappeared from lots of business sectors across Sussex.  Gemini Print is delighted to be recruiting school leavers plus new trainees.

Criteria for trainee roles includes common sense, good communication,  team spirit, good honest work ethic, demonstration of the capability to listen and learn, and the promise of great performance!

Roles to apply for include:  www.gemini-print.co.uk/about-us/vacancies/

  • Pre Press Operator
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Print Finishing Supervisors
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Trainee Finishing Operator
  • Print Sales Consultants
  • Print Finishing – Continental Night Shift
  • Trainee Finishing Machine Operators

The Gemini Print Group Managing Director and CEO Steve Cropper is a great example of Gemini Print career progression. More than 30 years ago he joined as a van delivery driver!  Throughout the company, there are lots of examples of multi-generation and family team members – all goes to show that it is a good business to join!

For any information email marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Help Protect Yourself

The Value of Paper

How to Help Protect Your Business from Paper Shortages & Price Increases

Most professionals have recognised that reliance on online promotion and communication is a serious weakness for any business – motivating a strong renaissance in the understanding of the trust and unique responsiveness of print and paper.

Even the most passionate ecowarriors now understand that plastics can cause serious harm while the developments in effective environmental controls and processes for paper production can result in a positive green impact.

Did you know that European Forests have grown by an area the size of Switzerland in just ten years?  Eco-certified printers such as Gemini Print have committed to play their part in helping ensure the unique qualities of print and paper can be enjoyed without guilt for generations to come.

While appreciating the value and power of print and paper all businesses and organisations need to prepare for substantial increases in paper prices due to continuous cost pressure combined with global supply/demand balance. Both coated and uncoated and all stock levels from the thinnest newsprint to the most refined artboards. Costs will also hit products ranging from packaging boxes to toilet paper.

Paper suppliers and printers did their best to absorb many of the increases that hit in 2017, but the ongoing price levels mean that increases will have to impact customer prices now.  Gemini Print, in partnership with our supply chain, works hard to protect maximum value for customers at all times.

Steve Cropper, Group Managing Director, said: “Supply and price issues with paper means those customers who work with us to agree their longer-term requirements will enable us to provide the best options and solutions. To ensure you get the paper quality and price you want for your project, earlier planning and close consultation with the Gemini Print team is more important than ever.  We have increased the number of our account management and customer service teams to maximise the support we can give customers.  Gemini Print has also developed some innovative approaches to integrating print and digital solutions to increase responsiveness and to reduce wastage.”

Worldwide factors driving price increases e.g:-

  • Brexit influenced sterling uncertainties, and fluctuations -80% of UK paper supplies imported from Europe
  • Increase in pulp prices throughout 2017, continuing through 2018
  • Low margins on paper plus increased legislative demands discouraging investment resulting in many mill closures
  • Increased demands for all grades of raw materials and paper in China together with a ban on importing waste paper
  • Panic buying of toilet paper in Taiwan following forecasted price increases of 30%
  • Calls to replace plastic backing on packaging and nappies with paper
  • US pulp prices have risen more than 35% in the past year
  • A truck drivers strike in Brazil, the worlds largest producer of eucalyptus pulp has led to a production and supply bottleneck.

For any information, please contact your account director/manager or marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

www.printweek.com/print-week/briefing/1164589/forecast-worsening-for-paper-supply

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Best Design for Print 2018 Awarded

On a warm evening, the Brighton Fringe 2018 finale was the awards ceremony held at The Warren. Gemini Print Group Sales Director Mark Tulley announced the following winners of the Gemini Print & Brighton Fringe Best Design for Print Awards 2018.

WINNER

Rosy Carrick who wrote and performed Passionate Machine.  Posters design credit Foz Foster and photography credit Ashley Clark

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ross Dinwiddy who designed and conceived the promotions for Frank Kafka Apparatus, produced by Rich Bright of Blue Devil Theatre.

Mark again highlighted what a tough decision it had been for the judges to select and agree on a winner.  He said, “the standard of entry continues to develop every year – all the creative work to promote such a wide range of entertainment has become such a strong feature of the Brighton Fringe, highlighting the skills, innovation and diversity.  Gemini Print is proud to be involved with the Brighton Fringe and all involved”.

The shortlist who gained COMMENDED certificates were:

  • The Treason Show designed and conceived by Mark Brailsford
  • Last Night at the Circus:  created and performed by Jane Postlethwaite.  Photography Andy Hollingworth. Graphic Design Chris Okse Oxenbury
  • David McIver Is A Nice Little Man graphic design Sam Nicoresti
  • Sussex Symphony Orchestra art direction Kate Benjamin. Illustrator Huw Roberts, Brighton University
  • I Married An Alien Card Sharp:  entered by Henry Bruce, Purple Playhouse Theatre.  Designer Shaky Kane
  • Gayz into Space:  Brighton Gay Men’s Choir.  Entered by Silvio Grasso
  • The Woman Who Conceived The Pill:  Brass Tacks Theatre.  Produced by Sarah Hickingbottom.  Artwork design Vince Haig
  • Diva Las Vegas: The Sundaes.  Created by E3. Designed by Danilo Raino

Many congratulations from all the team at Gemini Print to the winners and commended and well done to everyone who entered this highly competitive award – every piece of work was a pleasure to review.  We look forward to seeing everyone at next years Brighton Fringe.

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Brighton Fringe and Gemini Best Design for Print Award Finalists Announced

Mark Tulley, Group Sales Director, the Gemini Print Group is celebrating the record level of entries received for the Brighton Fringe & Gemini Print Group BEST DESIGN FOR PRINT AWARD 2018.

Mark said “In March, with the help of The Sundaes we had such a fun launch on Brighton Pier, despite the wind and rain!  At that stage, we could have only have dreamt that year five of this Award would achieve so many high standard entries.  With such a range of performers and events, it is so important that the creativity to promote the diversity of the Brighton Fringe is supported.  Gemini Print is proud to be print partners to the major arts events in the region, so this Award is very significant.  So often the design and creative talent ‘behind the scenes’ miss out on the opportunity to be celebrated – winning £500 of quality printing is a great way to change this’!

Suzanne Heaven, Marketing Director, said “All the team at Gemini Print would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an entry. Work came in from artists, performers, promoters, venue managers, and producers. So many people got involved  There is the quirky, the amusing, the inspiring and intriguing – the wonderful melange that you would anticipate the internationally recognised Brighton Fringe and their participants to produce”

The finalists have been selected. Mark and judges Darren Smallman of Brighton Fringe, Gemma King of Vivid Marketing and Ian Trevett of Platinum Business, have many hours of debate ahead to select the winner.  All finalists will be invited to attend the awards event at The Warren in Brighton on the evening of Sunday 3rd June where the winner will be announced.

Brighton & Hove has every reason to be so proud to be the home of the largest annual arts festival in England and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world. There is something for everyone: performance art, walks and tours, visual art, music, cabaret and circus, stand-up comedy, storytelling, dance, variety, and poetry with shows and events suitable for the whole family.  When choosing your entertainment, you even have the option to specify no swearing, no nudity or no strobe!

The Gemini Print Group are also working with Brighton Festival and Artists Open Houses.  Coming soon – an announcement about the Artists Open Houses and Gemini Print Artists of the Year Award.

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: All|0 Comments

Blue is the new Orange

For one day only!  Everything at the Gemini Print Group went blue (and white!) for the day.  Even those who dislike football or have passionate allegiances to other teams recognised the important work that Albion in the Community does across Sussex to help people of all ages.

A fabulous selection of blue and white cakes set the sugar levels for people to go to the Shoreham & Adur FC ground ready for the penalty shootout.
Joined by the Brighton & Hove Albion official mascot Gully plus ex-star player Ian Chapman with a team from Albion in the Community the battle commenced.  Maintenance manager Mark Gretton had created a very challenging alternative to a goalkeeper, so it was a tough competition.

Thanks to the generosity of Pulse Environmental voucher prizes were awarded to the champions.  Representing the ladies was Laura Macintosh of Portslade who works in the Gemini Print Digital & Hand Finishing Team.  Doing Brighton proud was Richard Golds, Sales, who casually scored top points beating many energetic contenders who had several attempts to take his trophy away!
The fundraising for Albion in the Community continues with the auctioning of some signed football shirts.  Suters Yard and the Harbour Club in Shoreham are inviting all their customers and members to raise some more funds.

By |April 27th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Gemini Print Welcomes Kingsdown Team and Clients

Following the announcement, ‘Kingsdown Printer goes bust leaving 60 people jobless.’ (Bristol Post) the Gemini Print Group are pleased to confirm that they have welcomed a significant amount of staff to join the Bristol-based division of Gemini Print (previously known as Gemini West).

Gemini Print focussed on quickly ensuring all Kingsdown clients who had printing jobs ‘in limbo’ had their work completed.  Lisa Shareef who joined the Gemini team from Kingsdown said: “We have been impressed with the Gemini Print ability to deliver at such short notice and we are excited to now be working for such a professional customer focused firm.”

Rachel Morrison said “joining the Gemini Print team has immediately highlighted the differences – with their nationwide coverage and major printing operation in Sussex, in addition to London and North East offices, we know we have a secure 24/7 multi-site capacity to ensure our customers get the very highest standards of commercial printing skills”.  Nick Garcia commented “With more than 40 years experience and a team of more than 160 skilled people plus consistent investment in quality printing and finishing plant I can be so confident in the range of services.”

Vince Edwards is also enjoying joining the Gemini Print team. “It doesn’t matter if it is the smallest bespoke digital printing request to magazines, brochures and report projects with full mailing and fulfilment services and digital integration. My new Gemini colleagues all have a great deal experience providing the right results and value which is very reassuring and has given me great confidence in an exciting future”.

Gemini Print in Bristol, led by Managing Director Rob Page has grown from strength to strength since he joined five years ago.  Rob said “I am so proud of our team and everything they achieve.  We have great relationships with our customers with testimonials and referrals that make us very happy, and it is already clear that the new people on the team welcome our approach to service and quality standards.”

By |April 12th, 2018|Categories: All|0 Comments

Sexy, Sassy and Sensational

The judges for the Brighton Fringe and Gemini Print Best Design for Print Award 2018 have been announced!  Darren Smallman, Ian Trevett, Gemma King and Mark Tulley.   With expertise in design, print, media, arts and marketing they are working together to ensure another successful year celebrating the creativity and skills that play such an important role in the success of the Englands largest annual ars festival

To review the competition criteria the judges met on the Brighton Palace Pier in the new Palm Court restaurant.

In the true quirky spirit of the Brighton Fringe, The Sundaes with their stunning vocals and flamboyant costumes joined in the fun. The fabulous ‘sexy, sassy and sensational’ Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry broke into song delighting tourists and visitors to the Pier who ignored the rain to join in the fun.

The Gemini Print Group organise and sponsor the Brighton Fringe Best Design for Print annual competition with a prize of £500 printing and promotion.  Organiser Mark Tulley, Group Sales Director, Gemini Print says “the award is to encourage excellence in creativity and design promoting Brighton Fringe 2018.”

Any art director, designer, illustrator, typographer of Brighton Fringe participant can submit their designs to marketing@gemini-print.co.uk by Friday 27th April.  More information: https://gemini-print.co.uk/best-design-print-award/

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June.

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Judges Announced for The Best Design For Print Competition.

It is good to see the first entries have started arriving into the Gemini Print Group for the Best Design for Print Award 2018.  With £500 printing prize to be won all designers and venue management involved with creating printed publicity for Brighton Fringe 2018 are invited to enter the competition that recognises the skill involved in successful event promotions.

The standards of entries we have seen so far are excellent – a little preview includes:

Theatre and Events Manager Henry Bruce of Purple Playhouse was first off the mark with the promotion for the award-nominated performance artist Anton Binder.  “Magic isn’t about showing off – it’s about the effect you create, bending the laws of the universe.  You don’t want them to think you have skills”.  Acclaimed comic book artist Shaky Kane designed the poster for ‘I Married An Alien Card Sharp‘.

A one-woman comedy show by the multi-talented performer, actor and writer Jane Postlethwaite (www.jane-postlethwaite.com) is the Last Night At the Circus.  The graphic designer Chris Okse Oxenbury created her poster with the photography by Andy Hollingworth.  Janes show is on 7th and 19th to 20th May at the Warren Theatre (www.housetheatre.org.uk/venues/the-warren)

Mark Brailsford, well known in Brighton for the long-running hit satirical comedy show The Treason Show, now in its 18th year, is certainly multi-skilled.  He is the Director/Producer in addition to creating a clever design for the artwork promoting the Brighton Fringe 2018 performance of The Moggfather with its warning of ‘may contain satire’!

Mark Tulley, Sales Director, Gemini Print Group said “It is good to see that the arts and creative community welcome our passion for the very best printing and design. We enjoy encouraging excellence in creativity and design for the Brighton Fringe 2018 – both the experienced talent and the first time designers.  This competition has run for five years and the skills it highlights never fail to impress everyone.”

Gemini Print are delighted to confirm that joining Mark on the judge’s panel will be:

Gemma King:  Managing Director Vivid Marketing & Design Consultants

Darren Smallman: Marketing Manager Brighton Fringe

Ian Trevett: Editorial Director Platinum Business Publications

If you are an art director, designer, illustrator, photographer, typographer or Brighton Fringe 2018 participant who is a DIY designer you are eligible to enter.

It is very easy to ensure you get involved. Simply e-mail a sample of your intended print communication (leaflets, posters, flyers, postcards etc.) created for Brighton Fringe 2018 by Friday 27th April 2018 to marketing@gemini-print.co.uk.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can also contact Gemini Print at any time.

You may submit up to 5 PDFs or photographs per entry.

Please make credits and descriptions as complete, legible and accurate as possible.

The judging criteria are as follows:-

Eye-catching: the immediate appeal of the artwork, including impact, originality and style.

Informative: the quality and design of the information presented on the artwork?

Marketable: the overall marketing effect of the artwork – why does it make me want to see this show?

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and will receive £500 worth of professional printing by the Gemini Print Group – plus associated publicity and celebrations!

The Gemini Print Group is the official print partner to Brighton Fringe 2018, providing printing, support and advice to all participants and venues every year.

www.brightonfringe.org/take-part/participants/awards

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Get On Your Bike For BHT – Greater Cycle Challenge

One of the Gemini Print partner charities is BHT.

BHT (established 50 years ago originally known as Brighton Housing Trust) is the East Sussex charity that makes a recovery from addiction a genuine possibility for so many and works so hard in the battle against homelessness and rough sleeping for adults, families and young people.  They run centres and services in Brighton, Hastings, and Eastbourne.

This year BHT has teamed up with The Living Coast to create the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge comprising three exciting cycling experiences allowing for all levels of fitness:

BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge is a family-friendly event taking place the Preston Park Velodrome.

This challenge starts at 7 am and runs throughout the day, with cyclists aiming to reach the combined target of 69,215 laps (equating to cycling 40,075km around the world) in just 12 hours!

Laps can be completed in one session or over some sessions throughout the day, and there are designated slots for families and club cyclists. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and there is a programme of entertainment planned to add to the fun.

The Living Coast rides are more of a physical challenge, with rides of 30 and 58 miles through the world-class environment on our doorstep, recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Region.

The route of the Classic ride (58 miles) is very similar to last year Brighton Mayor’s ride. It is slightly longer due to starting and finishing in the velodrome at Preston Park, and a few other minor tweaks, and new for 2018 is the 30-mile ride called the Devil’s Dyke Loop,  for those less confident of managing 58 miles. This heads over to Hangleton to take the Dyke Trail up to Devil’s Dyke before going down to Poynings and Fulking and joining the longer (Classic ride) near Woodmancote.

This exciting cycling event will raise much-needed funds for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, so please sign up, tell your friends and family and share the links below, and the attached flyer, on social media.

www.bht.org.uk/about-the-greater-brighton-cycle-challenge – for more information and how to register.

www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/brightonhousingtrust/greaterbrightoncyclechallenge   – link to BHT’s Justgiving page for the event.

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Gemini Print Will Wear Blue and White For A Day

As we all know the way to get a heated discussion buzzing is to discuss loyalties to different football teams in any workplace!  While the majority of the Gemini Print team are delighted with the Brighton & Hove Albion win versus Arsenal, there are a few who are feeling rather more dejected!

However, a clever fundraising idea from Albion in the Community means we will be taking part in ‘wear blue and white’ on Friday, April 27th in return for a donation to the charity.  Plans to add to the occasion with football-related fun are in full flow.

Gemini Print organiser Tracey Cooper said “it is lovely opportunity to support our client Albion in the Community.  The fundraising helps so many. The cost of sessions for local people with disabilities who want to play sport can be up to £5000 per person for a year.  They also work across more than 100 schools across East and West Sussex!”

Albion in the Community is recognised nationally for inspiring people to be active, increasing participation for young people to play football whatever their ability or background and raise aspirations in local communities and improve life chances.  Their values are commitment, respect, quality and teamwork!  Sounds like the values any of us in business aspire to achieve at all times.

The range of disability-specific coaching includes Powerchair (reigning champions in the South East), Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC, Amputee FC and Cerebral Palsy FC.

To help ‘turn everywhere blue and white on April 27th’ you can get more information from
www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk/wear-blue-white-27-april-support-albion-community/

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

LATEST NEWS

For Goodness Sake!

Why the power of print and paper is a positive approach

One of the customer service team based at the Gemini Print Bristol office told us “Talking to a friend recently about plastic poisoning helped me understand more about how important it is that we provide so many eco solutions for our customers. To think – we now have so many options that include organic branded merchandise and promotional products, biodegradable hi gloss digital printing, litho printing inks with a vegan certificate to high quality effectively managed paper sources with a total chain of custody to name but a few!”.

Long before it was deemed fashionable to ensure your firm was eco-active the Gemini Print Group teams were reviewing every stage of their operation to achieve and succeed with effective eco-certification and accreditation.  The south-east team based at the Shoreham by Sea HQ in addition to the Bristol, London and North East based colleagues are proud of the standards Group Managing Director Steve Cropper ensures everyone consistently strives to develop and enhance the options for customers.

We were impressed and inspired with the writings of David Gamage, Managing Director at Earth Island Publishing Ltd based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  He published the following feature on Linked In on August 9th 2018.

At last everybody is talking. Thankfully the world is waking up to the environmental debate. Starting with plastics in the ocean we hope this is going to spread to be a fuller, more comprehensive and in-depth conversation about the environment and sustainability, which will at last see people take look at this issue with the seriousness it deserves.

Perhaps now, more than ever, the graphic arts industry, have the greatest opportunity to put across our environmental ethos and show how making a simple change to paper-based communications, paper-based packaging, and paper-based alternatives, can help the environment, by not only lessening the consumption of unsustainable resources, but also through the positive effects of planting and growing more and more trees, using a product that is quickly and easily recycled and reused, and working with producer companies that put the environment and sustainability firmly in the centre of their businesses.

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ Sir David! Since the wonderful Blue Planet, with our national hero David Attenborough, highlighted the huge problem of plastics in the seas – and the terrible environmental impacts that this is having – the whole world is taking notice of this problem. Thank you, Mr Attenborough.

Of course, this is something that all Earth Island’s magazines – Print Solutions, Packaging Solutions, and of course Green Solutions – have been writing about for some years. Yet, what is needed is a public and respected figure such as David Attenborough to connect with the general public and all of a sudden it is big news – and we really couldn’t be happier!

It is estimated that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. Research indicates that without urgent action to cut demand this is likely to be 34 billion tonnes by 2050. By which time, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! That is not just a throwaway statistic. That is absolutely earth shattering – in more ways than one!

The ‘cut plastics’ message has been bolstered by the government’s own 25 Year Environment Plan, where ‘avoidable plastic waste will be eliminated by the end of 2042’. Yet, 2042 is a long way off, and by then, if we do nothing now, the earth will have been impacted so badly that we will have gone past the point of return. We need to act now – in 2018 – not in 2042. We need to act today. We need to act fast. And, we all need to take responsibility for our actions at home, at work and at play.

Keith Taylor is Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. In response to the government’s announcement, he said: ‘Theresa May rightly identified the scourge of plastic pollution as one of the most urgent problems facing Britain and the planet. Sadly, however, the announcement of the 25 Year Environ-mental Plan provided scant detail of any policies the Government hopes to implement to actually tackle the issue. The Prime Minister also completely failed to acknowledge that to have any hope of winning the fight against a plastic pollution problem that has no respect for borders, it is essential Britain works closely and collaboratively with its neighbours.’

The government has already extended the 5p plastic carrier bag charge to all retailers in England. To date, we have used nine billion fewer plastic bags as a direct consequence of introducing the charge to inject new funding into plastics innovation through a bid into the government’s £7 billion research and development pot. This is great, but why it does not simply outlaw plastic bags completely and allow the use of sustainable and biodegradable paper-based bags is beyond me – but that is a rant for another day!

And, why is this research money going only to ‘plastics’ innovation? What about some government funding for more sustainable alternatives such as paper or paperboard? Our papermaking industry in the UK has been in decline for decades – not due to lack of knowledge and skills, but mostly due to past governments turning a blind eye to the problems of running a competitive industry in a European market. Yet, the few mills that we now have left are at the pinnacle of creative innovation – and all are hugely successful in their environmental work, pioneering and leading the world on processes such as one use coffee cup recycling.

But, to come back to the oceans. In the UK alone, during its recent Great British Beach Clean Up, the Marine Conservation Society found 718 pieces of litter for every 100 metre stretch of beach surveyed, and of this rubbish from food and drink made up at least one fifth. Prime minister Theresa May said, ‘This truly is one of the great environmental scourges of our time. We must reduce the demand for plastic, reduce the number of plastics in circulation and improve our recycling rates. To tackle it we will take action at every stage of the production and consumption of plastic.’

So, a call to arms for all of us? Well, we have heard from many environmental organisations about the problem. We have seen many schemes – from school children cleaning up beaches to free water refill stations and the ‘ditch plastic straws’ campaign – calling for a reduction in plastics. Many of these fine people have been kind enough to mention that there is an alternative to plastics – paper based products, which are biodegradable, sustainable and more eco-friendly.

Committing – Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has found that the equivalent of one dumper truck’s worth of plastic enters the oceans every minute, and by 2050 it forecasts there could be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. Today, only 14% of plastic packaging gets collected for recycling.

Big brands are already committing to reduce their plastics. This is a massive opportunity for packaging producers and designers who can offer more sustainable options like paper.

Unilever, for instance, has called for the consumer goods industry to step up its efforts to tackle the mounting challenge of ocean plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics.

One year after Unilever made its commitment to ensure 100% of its plastic packaging was fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, CEO Paul Polman welcomed news that ten other companies have made similar pledges. These include big names such as Amcor, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, Marks & Spencer, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, and Walmart. Other brands such as McDonald’s Waitrose, Tetra Pak and Iceland have also made commitments to reduce, or completely eliminate plastics from their supply chains.

Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said, ‘Addressing the issue of ocean plastic is a shared responsibility – all stakeholders in the value chain must work together in partnership to find effective solutions. However, there is no doubt that the response from the consumer goods industry will be amongst the most critical in determining the speed at which positive change takes place. We are at a critical juncture.’

Unilever has made good progress on reducing its waste footprint. Since 2010, the waste associated with the disposal of its products has decreased by 28% and the weight of its packaging has reduced by 15%. The company also stopped sending non hazardous waste to landfill from its manufacturing sites in 2015. But Unilever is just one brand owner who will have to replace its plastics with alternatives. It is estimated that the companies who have signed up to date influence more than six million metric tonnes of plastic packaging each year.

Nearer to home, the BBC is also introducing a three step plan to remove single use plastic from its operations by 2020. Plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of 2018, ending the use of around two million plastic cups used by visitors and staff across the BBC’s sites a year. Several sites have already begun to remove plastic cups from kitchens and replace with glasses wherever possible. This will be rolled out to all BBC offices. Plastic containers will be removed from canteens by 2019 starting with a pilot in Salford, where the company is trialling a coffee cup recycling scheme.

The BBC aims to be completely free of single use plastic across by 2020. Discus-sions will take place over the coming months with current suppliers and services to assess when further changes can be introduced, cutting the amount of single use plastic in other parts of its operations such as coffee cups, packaging of products it buys and catering on location. The company also states that any new contracts which come up for tender will also include the requirement to cut single use plastic.

Following on from Blue Planet II, BBC One has commissioned a 90 minute special with science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin setting out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and explore ways in which science can offer a solution. Tony Hall, BBC director general, said: ‘Like millions of people watching Blue Planet II, I was shocked to see the avoidable waste and harm created by single use plastic. We all need to do our bit to tackle this problem, and I want the BBC to lead the way. Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan, I hope we can have a BBC free of single use plastic altogether.’

Just don’t make them! If we all banned plastic bottles from the workplace, the UK would save 3.9 billion bottles from being produced by 2020. The saving would amount to 156,000 tonnes of plastic a year. These are the findings of office provider Desk.co.uk which is spear-heading a campaign to have all single-use plastic bottles outlawed by 2020.

Jonathan Ratcliffe, the spokesman for the company, commented: ‘Thirty per cent of all plastic drinking bottles are used in the workplace, that works out at a staggering 3.9 billion bottles a year in the UK being made for what purpose? What is wrong with using a glass and a tap for crying out loud!’ He continued, ‘You have people sitting at work drinking from single-use plastic bottles when a walk to the kitchen to refill a glass would help cut over 156,000 tonnes of plastic from being produced in the first place.’

According to RecycleNow statistics, Britons get through:

  • 480 plastic bottles a year per household.
  • 35 million plastic bottles per day nationally.
  • 13 billion plastic bottles a year nationally (2016).

According to BusinessWaste.co.uk, the biggest saving that can be made in terms of energy is not producing things in the first place, and like the smoking ban, UK lawmakers have to take enforce such a change.

It has been revealed that 44% of plastic bottles do not get recycled by households, the fears are that businesses throw even more than that away.
‘Recycling plastic is well and good, but if we didn’t make the things in the first place it just wouldn’t be an issue,’ said Jonathan. ‘There is a huge push by office providers up and down the country to reduce both waste and energy consumption and we need help. We need the government to step in.’

Recent years have seen a huge increase in the amount of offices using water fountains – but even these aren’t without their environmental impact. Plastic cups, the water fountains and the water bottles themselves are all plastic and cost resources to move around.

The Mayor of London has announced a plan to build a network of water fountains in London in a push to reduce our love of one use plastic bottles, whilst many shops such as Neal’s Yard, supermarkets, and malls are now switching on to the ‘refill station’ initiative, whereby a ‘tap’ is provided for shoppers to refill reusable water containers for free. ‘We are 100% behind Mayor Khan with his efforts to totally discourage bottles, however his plans simply do not go far enough for us. We would like to see a policy towards phasing them out altogether,’ added Jonathan.

Louise Green, head of sustainability at Neal’s Yard Remedies, said: ‘We already have sink stations with taps on the shop floor of many of our stores so it made sense to allow people to fill up when they drop by. We want to offer people a convenient way to stay hydrated so they don’t need to keep buying plastic bottles and contribute to the global issues around plastic waste.’

This issue will continue to be debated, but we really need to ensure that we do more than ‘talk’. Action is needed and it is needed now. Thankfully, there are alternatives – many of which come from our own industry. We really do need to shout about it more though, otherwise the world will continue to scratch its head and say, ‘what on earth will we do if we don’t have plastics’ and governments will continue to pump billions into plastics research.

We really do need to make this a cohesive, coherent and concerted effort to spread the love, and the truth, about paper based products further. Now is our time, and we would be foolish to miss this amazing opportunity.

Additionally, did you know…
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has awarded VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland for a packaging solution made of.
VTT is one of the five prize winners, between whom the foundation splits a one million dollar prize. The new material can extend the shelf life of food, while also reducing food waste and the worldwide microplastics problem.

As material, cellulose is safe, renewable, recyclable and compostable. VTT developed a compostable and lightweight packaging material by combining cellulose films with different, but complementary properties.

The plastic like packaging material is suitable for dry and greasy products, such as nuts, cereals, coffee, condiments and raisins. The greatest benefits can be reached when the material is used for packaging products with a long shelf life.

In terms of properties, the material is highly competitive or in many cases even better than the currently available biodegradable bio-plastics. With minor modifications, it can be produced with existing production machinery. Optimisation of cellulose layers produces excellent packaging properties.

The packaging can be produced by combining cellulose films with different properties. The flexible and transparent lightweight material protects the product from atmospheric gases and humidity. It also forms a barrier against the grease or mineral oil in the product. The package can be sealed by heating.

‘By optimising the layer structure, we can improve the technical properties and reduce the amount of materials used. If the package was manufactured of one cellulose based material only that would meet all the requirements for a good packaging material, the package would be very thick and heavy,’ said Ali Harlin, research professor at VTT. He estimates that the packaging material can be commercialised within three to five years.

On 15 August 2017, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced a prize aimed at seeking new materials to solve the global micro-plastics problem. The matter is urgent: it has been estimated that every year more than eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in oceans.

‘In a New Plastics Economy, plastics will never become waste or enter the ocean in the first place. To get there will require new levels of commitment and collaboration from industry, governments, designers and start ups. I hope these innovations will inspire even more progress, helping to build a system in which all plastic materials are reused, recycled or safely composted,’ said Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Also, did you know…
A new collaborative initiative will help turn the tide on the UK’s growing issue of plastic waste – if all of the plastic bottles that are not collected for recycling in the UK each year were placed end to end, they would go around the world 31 times.

The ambitious UK initiative will involve collaborative action and commitment by businesses, industry, governments, local authorities, NGOs, media and society at large, to re-define what is possible and create a plastic system that works – a circular economy where plastic is valued and never becomes waste.

The initial focus will be on plastic packaging and will aim to:

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic single use plastic packaging.
  • Make sure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Significantly increase the collection and recycling of plastic packaging.
  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging to drive demand for recycled material.
  • Impassion and enable citizens to play their part in reducing plastic packaging waste and litter.

The holistic initiative is currently in development by sustainable production and consumption experts WRAP, and is a joint partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Marcus Gover, CEO at WRAP, said: ‘So far the solutions to plastic waste have been piecemeal. I am pleased to be leading this holistic initiative which will transform the UK’s plastics system. Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we will bring together every ‘body, business and organisation’ involved in the lifecycle of plastics to make the move from a throw away culture to one where resources are used over and over again.’

Dame Ellen MacArthur said: ‘Creating a circular economy for plastics amounts to a huge opportunity for the economy as well as providing a longer term benefit for the environment. Achieving it will require close collaboration and significant commitment from industry, government, and society at large. We are delighted to work with WRAP to help unleash such collaboration here in the UK, as a first national implementation initiative of our global New Plastics Economy initiative.’

And, did you know…
A new technology could dramatically increase recycling rates, as people should be able to recycle plastics in their own homes, and new build houses should come with the technology ready installed. That is the view of a major British waste and recycling company which says the technology already exists to allow plastics to be either pelleted or turned into useful items.

BusinessWaste.co.uk says that while the technology isn’t suitable for every home, it is a major step toward making the UK a 100% recycling economy. ‘We are very much at the ‘early adopters’ stage with this concept,’ said BusinessWaste.co.uk spokesperson Mark Hall, ‘but this has the potential to grow very big indeed.’
Most plastic recycling is done by big companies and involves collecting waste plastics from homes and industry to be shredded and processed. The new process has been developed to allow domestic plastic shredders, much like household kitchen waste disposals. Householders will be left with sorted pelleted plastic waste, which they can either sell back to companies, or use for their own purposes.

Mark foresees a future where householders can just toss unwanted plastics down a chute in their kitchen, and it is shredded and collected ‘behind the scenes’. The potential for the technology is enormous. Mark added, ‘It is literally shred and forget, and the plastic pellets are just taken away.’ But for those who want to take the entire concept to its logical conclusion, waste plastics can be shredded and converted into other plastic products in the home.

‘Plastic pellets are easily converted into the ‘ink’ for 3D printers, and from there, the sky’s the limit,’ said Mark. People already experimenting with everyday household plastic waste say they are turning it into plates, bowls, cups and other items.

With BusinessWaste.co.uk campaigning for a society which recycles its waste as much as possible, the idea of in-home plastic shredding and re-use can only be a good one. ‘We are heading toward a no waste society where everybody’s involved with recycling,’ said Mark. ‘Not everybody has bought into the concept, but there are enough on board who see a future that keeps industry costs down by constant recycling of materials.’

But worryingly, the scary truth is…

  • It is estimated that more than eight million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year.
  • Worldwide, more than one million plastic bags are used every minute.
  • More than one million plastic bottles are sold per minute worldwide.
  • The production process to make a bottle of water, takes six times more water than that contained within the bottle.
  • It can take between 500 and 1000 years for plastics to degrade – if it ever does! That means that the majority of plastics ever produced, still exist on the earth or in the oceans.
  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds ever year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.
  • The plastic debris also gets into food – like shellfish – so you may well be ingesting it too.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more than twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one. This is the largest of these so called ‘gyres’, but there are four others which are growing.
  • Plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
  • The cause of all this pollution and environmental degradation? Us!

It’s time to put this right and for the paper, print and packaging industry to make sure it’s creativity and sustainability is known by all.

WELL SAID DAVID! Let’s all work together to keep ensuring people understand the power of print and paper  – when you would like the Gemini Print team to help improve the eco standards of your printing, communications and promotional projects just contact marketing@gemini-print or call 01273 464884.

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

FACEBOOK Using The Power of Print

Gemini Print are celebrating that another major brand has realised the power of print on paper – recognising that print is the powerful and effective way to get an important message across.

Social media giant Facebook launched GROW.  While always extolling the virtues of digital they quietly launched the British based quarterly magazine aimed at wealthy businesspeople in the UK and Northern Europe– some call it a brochure, most call it a magazine.  The cover of GROW states a ‘quarterly magazine for business leaders’ although this contrasts with their head of business marketing who says GROW is a ‘business marketing programme’ so it’s a brochure.  However, roles such as editor in chief and creative director plus Facebook executive Nicola Mendelsohn referring to Grow as a magazine in her introduction makes denial rather futile!

There is so much evidence to support the facts that a good piece of print has the power to engage people at a very deep level providing a trusted experience.  Digital media is increasingly becoming a tarnished communication for advertisers. ‘Rules of Attraction’ reports that 81% of people purchased an item or visited a place after reading about it in a magazine.

Grow magazine reaches the target readership through targeted mailing, at Facebook business events and selected lounges at airports and train stations to reach executives ‘in transit’.  Facebook stated in a post about Grow “We know that business leaders have limited times for long reads at work.”

Writers commissioned by Facebook present articles and features ranging from hipster profiles such as Oscar Olsson of H&M (the millennial whisperer) to the growth of technology in the Middle East and the new role of Paris as a startup hub.

Grow Your Business. Grow Your Network. Grow Your Mind

 Some people may raise an eyebrow that FACEBOOK has used the same title as a cannabis horticulture magazine that is on FACEBOOK and publishes a magazine in the US, but maybe it expresses their supreme brand confidence not caring about such things!

Paul Crimmen, Development Director, Gemini Print says “We welcome the recognition by Facebook that the most powerful approach to maximise engagement and response is through an effective multi-media approach.  Gemini Print are recognised as innovators guiding clients to gain from the strength of integrating print with online and multi-media.”

Paul and his team invite you to contact Gemini Print on 01273 464884 or marketing@gemini-print.co.uk for a free demonstration.  He says “customers are always so pleasantly shocked at the low entry cost to this powerful way to increase ROI on any marketing or communications – I typically have to repeat the price as they expect so much more for the huge value they can gain.”

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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