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Ecoprint AS: Printing company with a mission to provide environmentally friendly printing service

Evelin Urbel-Piirsalu's picture

Ecoprint AS is an Estonian SME that aims to be the most environment-friendly printing company in Estonia and its neighbouring countries, using nature-friendly raw materials and technologies.

Ecoprint AS was founded in 2007 by merging three printing and design companies. Ecoprint’s core values are environmentally friendly and top-quality products and corporate social responsibility. The integrated environmental and quality management system of Ecoprint AS complies with requirements of the ISO 9001 standard and the EMAS Regulation (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). Ecoprint AS has developed a vision to be the most environmental friendly printing house in Estonia. For that they have developed an environmentally friendly printing service and registered in 2004 the Green Print trademark which can be used only on printed matter produced by Ecoprint. In 2010 they received Nordic Swan Ecolabel to prove that their activities conform to strict environmental standards. Ecoprint’s printing inks are based on natural resins and oils, printing papers are recycled or certified and technologies are environmentally friendly and energy-saving. All of the green print’s waste is recycled and reused. Ecoprint has developed also other environmentally friendly solutions besides green printing:

They collect rooftop rainwater and use it in the printing house damping system: As the air humidity in the printing house must be at 60 %, Ecoprint has installed an automatic damping system in their printing premises. A probe in the room constantly measures the air humidity and then either starts or stops the sprinklers in the ceiling. Rainwater is used in the damping system. When the tank empties out, the system automatically switches to the public water supply system and uses tap water. When the rainwater tank becomes full, the excess water runs to the drainage system. According to Ecoprint’s estimates, the use of rainwater in the damping system should reduce their water consumption by 60 %.

The use of solar power to heat the water: 7.7 square metre solar collector is located on the roof of Ecoprint’s building to heat water. At first cold water runs through the tank which is connected to the solar panel and then runs into a larger storage unit, so the system works as a pre-heater for the 1,500-litre boiler. There is no CO2 emission in the production of energy using a solar collector. When there is not enough sunshine, the boiler room is used for heating water.

Using residual heat for heating production facilities: There are separate ventilation systems in production and office premises. The ventilation system can be switched to the „economy mode“ in the office after office hours and switched back a few hours before the beginning of the work day. It can also be adjusted in the printing premises depending on the work schedule. The ventilation system has been fitted with a heat exchanger which allows to use the thermal energy released from the equipment to heat the fresh air blown inside. The residual heat from the operation of the production equipment provides all the heating required in the production premises during the winter period.

Ecoprint aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of their operations, avoid and reduce environmental pollution and prevent the risk of pollution. When it comes to choosing new technologies, equipment or materials, it is clear they favour reasonable and environmentally friendly solutions. Ecoprint strives to increase the environmental awareness of its employees and partners. Ecoprint was one of the first companies in Estonia that started to publish an annual environmental statement and measure company’s ecological footprint and plan environmental activities. Ecoprint has FsC and PEFC labels to make sure the paper used in printing comes from sustainable managed forests. Ecoprint also plants trees annually and supports environment projects.

The efficiency of the heat exchanger is 65%. Ecoprint aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of their operations, avoid and reduce environmental pollution and prevent the risk of pollution. When it comes to choosing new technologies, equipment or materials, it is clear they favour reasonable and environmentally friendly solutions. Ecoprint strives to increase the environmental awareness of its employees and partners. Ecoprint was one of the first companies in Estonia that started to publish an annual environmental statement and measure company’s ecological footprint and plan environmental activities. Ecoprint has FsC and PEFC labels to make sure the paper used in printing comes from sustainable managed forests. Ecoprint also plants trees annually and supports environment projects.

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How was the green solution financed?: 
Would you characterize the green solution as: 
High capital intensive investment (i.e. above €30,000)
Operating and maintenance costs: 
Yes, low O&M costs