Environmental Statement

By actively pursuing sustainable design & printing practices together, we are communicating a powerful, positive message to our clients as we help the environment.

  • All our waste paper is recycled; we even sort it into white and coloured to reduce energy costs when re-pulping.
  • All paper purchased is manufactured from Sustainable Forests and is Chlorine Free.
  • Our inks are vegetable oil based.
  • We produce educational material free of charge for local education establishments and charities. We donate any spare paper stocks to local schools and nurseries for children to use: a valuable resource for education.
  • All waste developer, ink, ink tins and other chemicals are recycled in accordance with Environmental Agency regulations by an approved waste agency.
  • All our used metal plates are recycled, they are a valuable source of high quality aluminium. We no longer use film and associated chemicals: we produce direct to plate or print digitally as appropriate for best environmental and economic benefits.
  • Our printing machines are cleaned with recycled cotton cloths which are laundered and re-used.
  • There is a high level of awareness and best practice of energy savings in the workplace, including using excess heat from our presses to heat other areas of our factory.
  • We use small vans for small parcels and large vans for large consignments. Print is also despatched overnight with other consignments for optimum use of fuel and resources.

What we do

Sustainability lies at the heart of our business

We have embarked upon a journey to help minimise the environmental impacts of printing. To achieve this we direct our efforts as follows:

  • We have environmental management procedures to minimise the impact of our own production facilities, processes and investments
  • We have an environmental education programme to influence our staff, our customers and the wider community
  • We take our role seriously within our industry to help drive environmental improvment in the printing and paper business

What you can do

There are 3 opportunities for you to make your print more sustainable and we are here to help

Metro are proud to be FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified.

The Forest Stewardship Council enables you to buy forest products of all kinds with confidence that you are not contributing to global forest destruction. FSC certified forests are managed to ensure long term timber supplies while protecting the environment and the lives of forest-dependent peoples. A system of Chain of Custody certification traces forest products right from the where the trees were grown to the end product on your desk.

This means our clients can display the coveted FSC logo on their printed matter using approved stocks to show their dedication to careful management of our World's forests.