Digital print company printed.com switches to 100% renewable electricity

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Printed.com has announced that it is switching to a fully sustainable electricity supply. The fast-growing digital print company has opted for biomass generation as an alternative to fossil fuels or nuclear power.

The rapidly growing web-based digital print shop, http://www.printed.com, continues to advance its green credentials by using electricity generated solely from biomass – a completely sustainable source of energy.

Biomass is an organic, plant-based material which has been employed for many years. It can be used directly, in order to produce heat, but can also be used to generate electricity or converted to sustainable fuels such as bio-ethanol. It is a plentiful and diverse energy source which is renewable over its entire lifecycle, delivering significant carbon savings. Although biomass is carbon-based, unlike fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas the ongoing process of growing more organic material locks away as much carbon dioxide as burning it produces, making it completely carbon neutral.

Nick Green, founder of printed.com, commented, "Being a sustainable and eco-friendly business is hugely important for us, and we’re currently finalising a “full cycle” system, whereby we will generate zero waste – so watch this space for that!"

Nick has a wealth of international business and sales experience in the digital and print industries, spanning almost 20 years. During this period, technology has changed beyond recognition with the rise of the internet and the advent of digital printing, and environmental concerns have increasingly come to the fore.

To date, the digital print company has attracted more than 10,000 print, design and SME customers, and Nick aims to increase this significantly over the next few years by developing the company into an internationally-recognised provider. As the business grows, so too will its energy use – and its environmental responsibilities.

Addressing wasteful practices is good for businesses’ environmental and financial bottom lines. Nick aims to use his expertise to turn printed.com into a leader in the field, making them an example to other companies. "Businesses in the UK waste between ten and twenty per cent of the energy they buy, which is not only bad for the environment but also ineffective in terms of cost. It is key for us to ensure we are doing what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and we urge other growing businesses to do the same."

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