Stuff’s print plants have been awarded a Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award recognising its environmentally friendly initiatives as being some of the best in the world.

Stuff has two print plants in Petone and Christchurch, both of which have been constantly improving processes and technology to reduce the impact the factories have on the environment.

Each year, some 4,000 printing companies around the world who use the Sonora processless printing plate are eligible to apply for the awards, and Kodak selects winners that are leaders in adopting sustainable practices and driving the graphic industry’s sustainability forward. This year, there were 13 regional winners across the world, and Stuff won the Australia/New Zealand regional division.

Some of Stuff’s sustainability initiatives at the print plants include:

  • 100% chemical-free plant processing
  • Using 100% recycled paper and biodegradable vegetable-based ink
  • Recycling 100% of waste paper and aluminium plates used
  • Using environmentally-friendly cleaning products and sourcing products that are sustainable and non-toxic where possible
  • Time-sensored LED lights to minimise energy consumption
  • Specifically developed recyclable plastic packaging that was an Australasian first for its grade and thickness.

Ricky Baker, Stuff’s National Print Manager, is thrilled with the award as it recognises what the team has achieved in terms of reducing carbon emissions and reducing waste output.

“In New Zealand we have one of the best setups and our print sites are world-first in terms of arrangements,” says Mr Baker.