Here at VGL we pride ourselves on our environmentally friendly, sustainable practices, and are proud to have been awarded BS ISO 14001:2015 for our environmental management system.
We care about our environment and our impact on it.
We recognise that our print operations have an effect on the local, regional and global environment and so are committed to continual improvements in environmental performance and the prevention of pollution where possible.
We take a full product life cycle approach, evaluating our impact at every stage and consistently adjust our products, technology, and systems in order to reduce the effect of our activities. We don’t make false claims or wave bogus flags, instead, we strive to lead by example by continually evolving and improving what we do.
A comprehensive review ensured all our digital printing equipment was updated where possible, enabling us to use more environmentally friendly ink systems and processes. All our Durst UV printers use only environmentally friendly ‘Nordic Swan’ accredited inks that emit no VOCs. Our latex lines also utilise environmentally friendly inks.
In order to remain at the forefront of sustainability practices, we constantly explore new material options with our suppliers and partners. For example, in order to reduce our carbon footprint, we investigated new, eco-friendly options such as digital textiles and printing with water-based dyes.
This innovative system is lightweight, easy to handle, and more energy-efficient to ship than other, heavier display systems. They are also 100% recyclable, and the water-based dyes are harmless, odour free, and produce no VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
We have also replaced all traditional PCV materials with the revolutionary PVC-free Kavalan in all our banner products.
Our Waste Hierarchy ensures we carefully control our waste streams, and aim to Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle and Recover whenever possible. We have achieved zero waste to landfill over the last 6 years.
In our day-to-day we have introduced energy-efficient equipment, company cars, and improved our heating and insulation systems to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.
We appreciate there is still much more to do and we continue to strive to improve. This might just be the start, but it’s a good one.