RESOURCE LIST*

*Can be used as a reference for making environmentally conscious book making choices in the UK

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This resource has been assembled by the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) Network

Category

Company

Description

Example Book


PRINTING

Digital - HP Indigo Press

B2 HP Indigo Printer (B2 = 530x750mm max sheet size) 

B1 HP Indigo Printer (B1 = 1100x740mm max sheet size)

PRINT RUN: Any number 
METAL PLATES REQUIRED: No 
INK: Oil based
PAPER: Coated and uncoated



Offset Lithograph

PRINT RUN: Typically for editions larger than 200 books 
METAL PLATES REQUIRED: Yes 
INKS: Typically plant based
PAPER: Coated and uncoated



Photocopy

PRINT RUN: Any number 
Details dependent on the specific copier machine

(Copy) 80. The Schwarze Mönch - Sayako Sugawara (Self-published:2021) A photocopied book on recycled materials. Redeem 130gsm / 315gsm, Slipcase: Cairn Multiboard - Grey/White 350gsm


Risograph

PRINT RUN: Any number 
METAL PLATES REQUIRED: No/ The machine makes a 'master' stencil 
INK: Plant based
PAPER: Uncoated only

FURZE - Jack Whitefield (Tarmac Press: 2020) Risograph Printed on Newsprint paper


PRINTERS

F E Burman 
Bermondsey, London

Litho and digital (B2 HP Indigo Printer).
FSC Certified, ISO 14001 accredited.

Trinity - Oliver Raymond Barker (Loose Joints: 2021). Covers printed on Winter Wibalin Dove Grey using B2 HP Indigo


Generation Press 
Poynings, Brighton

Litho and digital (B2 HP Indigo Printer).
EMAS + B Corp certified.

The Space Between Us - Ed Sykes (self-published: 2021) Offset printed by Generation Press on Fedrigoni Woodstock Azzuro (Soft cover 285gsm / Pages 140 gsm)


Digital printing. 
EU Ecolabel.

Monsanto®, A photographic investigation (newsprint edition)Mathieu Asselin. Recycled (Newsprint) 50 gr


Park Communications
Docklands, London

Litho and digital 
EMAS certified

Beber Mi Sudor: Coffee Colombia - Jake Green (Leyton of London: 2018) Litho printed: Cover in Sunshine Popset 170gsm (insert in 120gsm) by Arjo Wiggins



Pureprint Group 
Uckfield, East Sussex

Litho and digital printing
FSC Certified, ISO 14001 accredited.

Beyond Drifting - Mandy Barker (Overlapse: 2017)


St Austell Printing Company 
St Austell, Cornwall

Litho and digital printing
FSC Certified, ISO 14001 accredited



PAPER

PCW: Post Consumer Waste
PIW: Post Industrial Waste

note. Litho papers can be used for digital printing but they require sapphire coating

LINKS

TWO SIDES: PRINT + PAPER - MYTHS + FACTS

EPN: Eco Paper Database

Arctic

Mills in Sweden & Poland

FSC, PEFC and cradle to Cradle Certified.

Munken: Uncoated paper range with EU Ecolabel. The range includes both 100% woodfree and blends of woodfree and wood-containing pulp.

Amazonia - Paul Cupido (Alauda Publications: 2019)Munken Lynx Rough 120gsm (one of several papers)


Antalis

UK Distributor

General paper supplier, stocking Arjowiggins papers including Coccoon and Cyclus

Claro Bulk: FSC, EMAS certified. A matt coated paper and board with a 1.1 volume, which allows you to reduce substance, but still achieve the overall bulk and feel

Arcadia - Ian Howorth (Setanta: 2019) printed on Claro Bulk paper.


FSC Certified, ISO 14001 accredited. Member of Two Sides.

Cocoon: extra-white, 100% recycled, FSC certified papers – engineered from high-quality waste office paper

Cyclus: natural white, 100% recycled, FSC certified coated and uncoated papers

The Earth is Only a Little Dust Under Our Feet - Bego Antón (Overlapse: 2018) Printed on Cocoon paper + Munken Print White

The Tree of Life is Eternally Green - Pascual Martínez + Vincent Sáez (Overlapse: 2018) Printed on Cyclus paper along with Keaykolour recycled and a few others


Favini

Italy

ECHOSYSTEM range are FSC certified.  Min 40% PCW or PIW, or alternative fibre sources than tree cellulose.

Tree Free: 75% bamboo FSC certified and 25% cotton linters 

Alga Carta: paper created from algae that, by its abnormal proliferation, was damaging the fragile ecosystem of the Venice Lagoon

Aesthetics of Sustainability - edited by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne (Triest Verlag: 2021)


FSC Certified, ISO 14001 accredited.

Large selection of recycled papers > MATERIA VIVA

The Space Between Us - Ed Sykes (self-published: 2021) Offset printed by Generation Press on Fedrigoni Woodstock Azzuro (Soft cover 285gsm / Pages 140 gsm)


Paper maker and supplier based in Kent (UK), making and distributing internationally.

Colorset coloured paper range, 100% recycled, FSC and Blue Angel certified.

Shiro Echo: 100% recycled, FSC certified paper with zero emissions.

Scale & Substance - Tamsin Green (manual.editions: 2022) Risograph printed on Fenner Colorset & Shiro Echo, GF Smith Colourplan, Claire Fontaine Standard colour paper


GalerieArt

European Mills

FSC Certified.

A range of coated and uncoated papers.



The majority of papers are FSC certified and made from virgin pulp. Several G . F Smith ranges include stocks that are wholly, or partly, manufactured from PCW or PIW.

Colorplan: A range of 55 colours, made in GB, FSC certified. 

Extract: FSC certified paper made from approx.20% recycled coffee cups in GB.

this is how the earth must see itself - Tamsin Green (manual.editions: 2021) Digitally printed on GF Smith Extract (cover + box), Naturalis and Zen.


Gmund

France, Germany

FSC certified. Some papers are Cradle to Cradle certified.

Large selection of papers including compostable paper made from wheat straw, grass, cotton and cannabis.

Miniclick Publication #1 (self-published: 2013) Flecked cover using Gmund Bier Weizen 250gsm


James Cropper Mill

Lake District, UK

Specialist and Custom-made papers. 

Make several papers in the G.F Smith paper range, including Extract and Colorplan.



FSC certified.

Large selection of recycled papers made in the UK.

Loop: FSC certified, carbon neutral and made with wind power. The majority of the range is made from 100% PCW.

Cairn: 100% recycled paper

Trinity - Oliver Raymond Barker (Loose Joints: 2021) Hp Indigo on Paperback Loop & Cairn plus number of other stocks


Revive Offset: FSC certified, carbon balanced and made from 100% PCW.

re.source - The Sustainable Darkroom
(Folium: 2022) Litho printed in the UK with bio based inks on Revive Offset & Paperback Context


Shepherds

London, UK

Shepherds stock a selection of recycled papers, wood free papers (including elephant dung!) and boards

(Copy) 80. The Schwarze Mönch - Sayako Sugawara (Self-published:2021) A photocopied book on recycled materials. Redeem 130gsm / 315gsm, Slipcase: Cairn Multiboard - Grey/White 350gsm


Stone Paper

Willich, Germany

Stone paper: is a type of paper that is made out of calcium carbonate 80% (limestone) and bio-polyethylene resin 20% (HDPE)

67-P Second Edition - Claudio Pogo & Magdalena Wysocka (Pogo Books, Berlin: 2017) 


PACKAGING

LINKS

EPN: Eco Paper Database

EPN: Solving Packaging*

Glassine Paper Bags (100%) recyclable as paper

Eco alternatives to single-use plastic tape.

Compostible clear 'Cello' bags made in the UK



Cardboard bookwraps that are made of recycled material and recycle-able.

Eco Alternatives To Bubble Wrap including Geami Wrappak an expandable paper.



Clear bioplastic film made from wood pulp in the UK (Recyclable, Compostable, Biodegradable). OK HOME compost certified and EN 13432



GreenWrap is an eco-friendly paper alternative to bubble wrap by offering similar cushioning protection but is naturally biodegradable, compostable, and fully recyclable.


*Recommends naked (i.e. no packaging) or Re-usable packaging. 
Where this isn’t possible yet, there are other ways to make packaging more sustainable:

  • Make sure it’s the right size for the product
  • Choose non-toxic and sustainably-sourced materials
  • Include a high percentage of recycled content
  • Make it easy for consumers and businesses to recycle after use
  • Get robust certification for compostable packaging
  • Consider alternative materials made sustainably from waste fibers

GLOSSARY

B Corp - Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

EMAS certification - The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.

EN 13432The EU certification tests compostability through industrial processes. It does not test products for home compostability.

EU Ecolabel - A label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.

FSC Certification - The FSC system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources.

ISO 14001 - ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to.

OK certifications - The EU bioplastic certifications are granted by TUV Austria for compostable, biodegradable and biobased products. They indicate whether a product is home or industrially biodegradable or compostable. ‘OK HOME compostable’ means something will break down within 1 year in a home compost environment.

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