What is Carbon Balanced Paper?

23rd January 2024 by Kingfisher Press

What is Carbon Balanced Paper?

Help save endangered habitats and wildlife – Carbon Balance Your Print

Start the New Year by finding out about Carbon Balancing your print. So far 250,000 tonnes of CO2 have been offset through the Carbon Balanced Print, Paper and Packaging programme and you could help increase that figure.

More often than not it costs nothing at all, but the positive effect it will have on endangered habitats and creatures is tremendous.

Kingfisher Press, Carbon Assessed and Offset

Since 2012, as a business, Kingfisher Press has balanced and offset 1901.31 tonnes of CO2, which has allowed the World Land trust to protect 156 acres of critically threatened forests and habitat.

Every two years Kingfisher Press’s Carbon footprint is assessed and the resulting carbon from  electricity, gas and fuel is calculated. The 2022 assessment was 90.08 tonnes of CO2 which when offset allowed the World Land trust to protect and restore 17,205 m2 of threatened forests.

While it costs us to offset our print production process and entire business, when you use carbon balanced paper it very often costs you nothing at all.

Carbon balancing your paper can be such small amount to pay, even with long run print, but it can demonstrates an awareness of the impact on the environment of any project and business.

With Climate change very much on the agenda using carbon balanced paper and the associated logo demonstrates awareness of the wider environment and world we all live in.

What is Carbon Balanced Paper?

Carbon Balanced Paper is where the average carbon impact for the paper has been balanced, or offset, by the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity, through the preservation of high conservation forests, saving threatened habitats and their biodiversity. Sir David Attenborough OM, CH, FRS is among its Patrons.

Through land purchase of ecologically important standing forests under threat of clearance, carbon is locked that would otherwise be released. These protected forests are then able to continue absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Referred to as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), this is now recognised as one of the most cost-effective and swiftest ways to arrest the rise atmospheric CO2 and global warming effects.

Why would you use Carbon Balanced Paper?

Kingfisher Press are committed to helping clients reduce their environmental impacts. You can use Carbon Balanced Paper for your printed communications and with Kingfisher Press being a Carbon Balanced Printer it means the print processes have also been balanced not just the paper.

66% of global consumers say they’re willing to pay more for sustainable brands (Nielsen) so using a paper or board that is carbon balanced can help your products and print stand out.

Using Carbon Balanced Paper is a simple way to reduce the carbon impacts of your marketing communications and packaging without fuss.

You can use the Carbon Balanced Paper logo on their printed communications as a high-visibility seal that demonstrates stakeholders, that you responsibly manage your impacts on climate change.

You too can be Carbon Balanced as a business

Kingfisher Press has worked with the World Land Trust for over 15 years and has been a Carbon Balanced Printer for over 11 years. Any business can be part of the Carbon Balanced scheme.

Visit the World Land Trust website here to find out about carbon balancing your Business.

“The money that is given to the World Land Trust has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”
Sir David Attenborough, one of the World Land Trust Patron.

Kingfisher Press & the Environment

Kingfisher Press is FSC certified, ISO14001 accredited and a Carbon Balanced Printer.

Our commitment to our ISO14001 Environmental Management system means we make every effort to reduce waste and recycle everything possible.

We like to shout about sustainable print as often as we can and work offer a wide range of environmentally friendly stocks and finishes including a paper made from algae and a tree free paper. Find out more here: https://www.kingfisher-press.com/blog/paper-with-high-green-credentials/

To find out more about Kingfisher Press and the environment visit our website here.