Ipswich print firm Fuller Davies spreads message of environmental responsibility

Stuart Silkstone. sales director at Fuller Davies, taking part in an initiative run by the Woodland

Stuart Silkstone. sales director at Fuller Davies, taking part in an initiative run by the Woodland Trust and Premier Paper. - Credit: Archant

A green-minded Suffolk print company is seeking to share its enthusiasm for good environmental practice with its customers and other stakeholders.

Fuller Davies, which is based in Ipswich, is ISO 14001-accredited and has worked with environmental community charity Groundwork Suffolk to achieve the Gold Suffolk Carbon Charter standard.

Earlier this year, the company was also selected as a member of the Green 100 listing of environmentally-aware firms from Suffolk and Norfolk produced by media company Archant, whose titles include the EADT, in association with sponsors Adnams, BDO, EDF Energy, Specflue and Suffolk and Norfolk chambers of commerce.

Fuller-Davies, based in Baird Close on the Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, is a litho and digital printer which supplies print and mail services to the adverting, publishing, manufacturing and retail sectors, both in the UK and Europe.

It has been operating for more than 30 yers and is now run by managing director Neil Stones and finiance director Heather Davies, with a total workforce of 26.

Fuller Davies uses Carbon Balanced papers and is fully FSC accredited, with 99% of the paper it uses being FSC certified.

This means that every job is ethically and environmentally sound and that customers can demonstrate their commitment to working to the same values with the use of the relevant logos and a certificate.

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In addition, the inks that Fuller Davies uses are vegetable-based, its presses run on low alcohol, the plates it produces its print from are waterless and 100% of waste paper and associated waste is recycled.

But the company also works to demonstrate good practice more directly through initiatives such as open days, blogs, and social media.

Customers are also invited to participate in tree planting days with the Woodland Trust to help offset the impact of their paper use, during which indigenous species are planted to create new and extend existing woodlands.

Mr Stones said: “We are proud of our credentials, committed to reducing environmental impact, and love helping customers to do the same.”

Aimee Clark, environmental business adviser for Groundwork, said: “It’s great working with organisations like Fuller Davies, who embrace the opportunity to go green. They should be really proud of their achievements – they fully deserve to be one of Archant’s Green 100 businesses!”