March 1, 2011
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We aim to provide a more environmentally friendly, full-colour, commercial printing option and wider range of print formats than was previously available to our clients. This not only gives individuals and companies the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of their print orders by purchasing from Shetland Times Printing but allows them to be part of, and have access to, a cleaner, greener printing process.

Recent awards include Green Apple Environmental Gold Award for Media Scotland 2010, Keep Scotland Beautiful Tidy Business Standard Silver Award 2011 and the Shetland Environmental Award 2009 – demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice in the conservation and enhancement of Shetland’s environment. We have also achieved the following increase in orders for recycled paper which we hope to sustain and improve on: 2008 – 24 orders; 2009 – 34 orders; 2010 – 72 orders.

Our recent improvements now enable us to offer clients the following environmental benefits:

Printing Press

  • Energy Consumption – Reduced energy consumption through use of high efficiency invertor motors on our press. The integrated automation and digital-ready structural design of the press also reduces make-ready waste and times.
  • Noise Countermeasure – Due to the build structure the press runs much quieter than the previous conventional lithographic machinery and therefore reduces noise pollution.
  • Waste Avoidance – The “KHS High Speed Inking System” automatically sets ink levels, dramatically reducing set-up time and cutting paper waste and the “overs” that are required for jobs.
  • Vacuum packed ink cartridges eliminate ink “skinning” and therefore ink consumption is reduced and ink wastage eliminated.
  • Oil wastage is reduced through the installation of an oil cleaner with integrated oil pump.
  • Ability to run a larger maximum paper size allows us to impose jobs in a more cost-effective manner and reduces paper waste.
  • Alcohol Free – We have configured our press to allow us to run alcohol free, therefore completely eliminating the use of isopropyl alcohol from the process.

Computer to Plate Processing System (CTP)

  • Energy Consumption – The Galileo CTP system replaces three previously separate machines and uses power more efficiently.
  • As the plate exposure, carriage, development and drying processes are all housed within the Galileo system it is a much more energy efficient procedure.
  • Waste Avoidance – Consistent density/tonal range quality reduces the need for remakes and, with advanced screening, the reduction of dot gain in turn reduces the amount of ink consumption on the press without loss of print quality.
  • Water and solvent usage levels are closely observed through the use of factory fitted monitoring equipment.
    Used chemicals are secured, stored and transported to a company specialising in the safe disposal of such waste.
  • We now use water-based chemicals for our pre-press process. Waste chemicals produced are disposed of following best practice guidelines.

Proofing System

  • Energy Consumption – The PRO7800 has replaced two previously separate machines, improving energy efficiency.
  • Exposure times have been cut from five separate ultraviolet exposures to one single digital print output thus eliminating the use of energy sapping ultraviolet lamps.
  • Waste Avoidance – The amount of raw proofing materials previously used has been reduced from six sheets per proof to one single sheet per proof.
  • Recycling – Used aluminium plates from all of our printing presses are securely stored and transported to a company specialising in recycling for onward use.

Paper Suppliers

All of our main suppliers have achieved the ISO14001 environmental management standard. We actively purchase papers that have come from traceable and sustainable sources and conform to the Forestry Stewardship Commission’s policy on inclusive and shared responsibility for setting high social, environmental and economic standards for forest management.

Local Government

Each week production of The Shetland Times newspaper inevitably leads to some pre-consumer waste newsprint being produced during the make-ready process. An agreement with Shetland Islands Council now sees this waste being collected each Friday morning before being shredded for re-use as bedding material for animals (local horse stables etc) within the isles.


With every purchase of new machinery we make in the future Shetland Times Printing intends to improve not only on our technical and production capabilities, but continue to increase our environmental credentials. Some benefits from our actions will also be inextricably passed on to the clients who choose to use our greener printing services.

General Waste Avoidance

Employees are all encouraged to ensure simple measures like shutting down computers rather than leaving on stand-by, and switching off lights in various departments that are not in use, is carried out on a daily basis.

Our factory heating system is now connected to the local Waste to Energy plant making the previous oil burning boiler redundant. This has reduced, and helped provide a greener alternative to, our overall energy consumption.

Packaging (boxes, wrappers etc) received from outside suppliers/sources are all re-used where possible to avoid wastage or unnecessary use of unused packaging materials.

Environmental Credentials

We currently offer a wide selection of graded recycled papers to our customers. Some of these grades are produced using 100% recovered fibres which have been recycled purely from waste products. Others are a mixture of de-inked pre/post consumer waste mixed with virgin fibres and are selected depending on our clients’ requirement. For example, we currently order a paper that is produced from 50% de-inked post-consumer waste, 25% pre-consumer waste and only 25% virgin fibre (samples available on request). These mixed source substrates are produced from recycled wood or fibre and come from well managed forests and other controlled sources with a proven chain of custody.