• Soar Print's successful team: (from left) Maggie Bainbridge-Smith, financial controller; Jenny Carter, finance director and environmental systems champion; and Fred Soar, MD
    Soar Print's successful team: (from left) Maggie Bainbridge-Smith, financial controller; Jenny Carter, finance director and environmental systems champion; and Fred Soar, MD
Close×

Auckland printer Soar Print has reduced its carbon footprint by 32 per cent since 2015, earning it an award for excellence in climate action.

Soar Print, which prints labels and packaging as well as commercial digital and offset, won the Excellence in Climate Action – Small Organisation award at the Enviro-Mark Solutions Awards. The printer has slashed its carbon emissions through energy-efficient technology; low-emission vehicles; and measuring and reporting on its carbon footprint.

According to Jenny Carter, finance director at Soar Print, the company has measured its carbon output with Enviro-Mark Solutions for ten years.

“We evaluate everything with an eye to efficiency and the environment, whether choosing more efficient vehicles or choosing print machines based on environmental credentials, energy consumption and waste.

“As an example, we installed an energy efficient machine that allowed us to replace two less efficient machines, which resulted in energy savings of 20 per cent and a reduction in paper waste of over 50 tonnes per annum,” she said.

Carter added that she is passionate about carbon reduction, and can see the benefits from a financial perspective as well.

“If you can make financial savings, it helps the long-term sustainability of the business. And if we are saving money, that makes it easier to pay our staff more and give back to the community,” she said.

Dr Ann Smith, CEO of Enviro-Mark Solutions, said Soar Print is a company dedicated to minimising its contribution to climate change.

“It’s inspiring to see them work year on year to seek carbon reduction opportunities as established leaders in the print industry. The results reflect commitment, hard work and willingness to innovate; it’s a real pleasure to announce them the winners in the Excellence in Climate Action – Small Organisation category, to recognise their passion for continual improvement,” she said.

Food & Drink Business

It was a full house at Melbourne’s Arts Centre for the annual Food & Drink Business + PKN LIVE breakfast forum, where guests, speakers and an industry panel shared methods, insights and discussions on what it means to be a brave brand.

Kellogg’s Australia has announced a partnership with B2B marketplace Yume, to help reduce food waste from its manufacturing processes. It is the first Australian manufacturer to do so.

Media reports from Singapore claim its government will introduce health warnings on packaging and ban advertising for sugary drinks across all media platforms, including online and social media.