Environmental Impact Statement

Southern Colour Print operates in an environmentally sound manner and conserves the earth's natural resources. These benefits have resulted in a safer and more cost efficient work environment. The Company, through the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, approach environmental issues on five fronts:

Best Practice Identification

Southern Colour Print utilises the services of outside consultants with current experience on industry best practices. The consultants are approved by Occupational Safety and Health and have relevant, up-to-date experience on the best practices currently employed in the industry. The consultants conduct testing, provide training and recommend changes to procedures.

Work Place Hazard Identification

As part of the Health and Safety Program, all workplace hazards are identified and a risk assessment conducted. Any hazards as a result of chemicals are reviewed with the intent to find safer, cleaner alternatives. Many of the previously very hazardous chemicals associated with printing in the factory have now been replaced with safer, more environmentally friendly alternatives.

Waste Minimisation / Ozone Depleting Substance Minimisation

Many of the products that have been identified as posing health risks during hazard identification have also been the materials that result in hazardous waste and contribute to greenhouse gas production. When possible, safer products are used. If a suitable alternative is not available, employees are trained in the proper handling and usage of the material to reduce exposure and consumption.

A recent example of this is Southern Colour Print switching their inks, now using Heidelberg Superdot Hi-Gloss soya oil-based ink. Not only does this ink provide superior print performance and quality, it is based on soya oil rather than mineral oils, and has very low volatile organic compounds (less than 1%). The ink has been certified under the Eco-Mark program in Japan and the Soy Seal approval in the USA. All the ingredients are grown commercially throughout the world and so are renewable, whereas petrochemical products are finite. Soya-based components are used because they are known to emit far less volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere than the petrochemical equivalents and are thus a far safer option when considering the effects of global warming. This will ultimately lead to waste minimisation.

In addition to reducing environmental impact by way of inks and cleaning chemicals, Southern Colour Print also predominantly uses paper from well-managed forests, which are produced by either totally chlorine-free or elemental chlorine-free paper production processes. Add to this the fact that most of the paper that is used has been accredited by various international environmental management programs who aim for a socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests. Southern Colour print uses local suppliers where possible, reducing carbon emissions while also promoting local business growth.

Southern Colour Print's main printing press supplier is Heidelberg, who has a long history of decreasing environmental impact in their own line of production, and have recently met ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 approval for their entire sheet-fed division (Heidelberg website link below).


Southern Colour Print has long had an active plastic, paper and metal recycling program in operation in the plant. All paper waste is segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable, and handled accordingly. All metal is also collected and sent for recycling with the appropriate recycling company. Any hazardous materials we do use are shipped off site and handled by approved waste recyclers.

Efficient Use of Energy

Southern Colour Print has an active program that promotes the conservation of energy. Employees are encouraged via training and posting of notices to be conscious of saving energy. As part of the daily security routine, all areas of the factory are checked to ensure all non-essential power use is curtailed. Where possible, we are constantly improving our production through the use of more energy efficient equipment and technology.

Southern Colour Print was one of the founding members of the Dunedin Green Environmental Challenge, and has a history of setting waste minimization targets. Southern Colour Print is also participating in the EnviroSmart Program which is designed to reduce waste, conserve energy and to use water and raw materials efficiently, and has recently been awarded Silver accreditation for this programme. This is quite a unique initiative for printing companies, and Southern Colour Print will endeavour to follow up on this achievement to Platinum accreditation.

Southern Colour Print recognises the importance of working towards creating a clean environment and is committed to working with clients and suppliers in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.


Environmental Information - BJ Ball

'Made With Care' Brochure - Spicers Paper

Heidelberg's Environmental Milestones