At Image Science we try and reduce our impact on the environment wherever possible.
One little recognised benefit of pervasive colour management in an imaging workflow is a vast reduction in waste - very little test printing is required by us, or our clients, to achieve perfect results. This greatly reduces waste in paper and ink, both of which require significant resources to manufacture. We of course recycle all waste ink and paper cut-offs etc, and do so using properly audited services (as opposed to some ad-hoc recycling approaches that have recently sprung up, and which often end up using more resources than they actually recover).
Image Science is also an ink/toner cartridge recycling drop off site - so you can bring in your used ink cartridges and we can pass them on to the right people for recycling (please bring only the cartridges themselves in a neat form, we can't accept cartridges that are actively leeching ink or packing materials etc).
We re-use whatever we can - this includes ink/toner cartridges in printers where colour is not critical, such as our general office printer. We re-use packing materials from incoming deliveries for outgoing orders wherever possible.
All excess soft plastics, including old, un-reuseable bubble wrap, are recycled weekly through Melbourne-based organisation REDcycle. The REDcycle program is an initiative focused on reducing the amount of soft plastics going into landfill by recycling and re-purposing recovered materials. Through this program, soft plastics can be remade into a range of products such as bollards, decking, fencing and furniture.
We also try and minimise our use of cooling and heating, largely through having carefully selected offices designed with temperature control in mind - good natural ventilation, an inner atrium and so forth.
We also are actively seeking new materials that are more eco-friendly - such as Hahnemuhle Bamboo. Made from renewable bamboo fibres, this is an excellent and more ecologically friendly alternative and is on our list of primary printing papers here at Image Science.