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Sustainability

Caffeine Magazine’s commitment to sustainability in the production of its magazine and digital assets is paramount. We believe that to be sustainable, we have to be economically viable, minimise our environmental impacts, and be socially responsible.

Our Paper

All our paper purchased for the printing of Caffeine Magazine is sourced from either FSC(r)  (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC(r) (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredited suppliers. The paper waste from production is 100% recycled.

Key Environmental Printing Elements

  • We use chemical-free printing plates, manufactured from aluminium, which are 100% recyclable after use.
  • All the inks used in our printing are all Soy-based.
  • We use PDF soft proofing and secure digital file transfer to reduce materials and resources.
  • All the hazardous waste created in the printing process is collected by accredited waste disposal experts in compliance with Hazardous Waste Regulations, and over 90% is recycled.
  • We fulfil mailing in-house to reduce the carbon footprint of extra transportation.
  • Our mailing film (plastic polythene wrap) is a hot topic, however, in most cases, our polythene (LDPE) mailbags are fully recyclable.

Our Printer’s Environmental Certifications

We use Pensord press to print Caffeine, they have the following environmental certifications:
ISO14001:2004 since 2007
ISO9001:2008 since 1995
These certifications cover areas such as: Prevention of Pollution; Reduction of Raw Material Use; Reduction in Energy Use; Landfill Avoidance; Control of Air Emissions; Recovery, Recycling and Reuse of Waste Materials wherever practicable.

Distribution

All our subscriptions are posted via Royal Mail, we believe in keeping as many of our magazines within this system as they are dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint and our magazines tag along with thousands of other pieces of mail every day.
Caffeine’s mission is to provide a widely accessible magazine to anyone who wishes to learn more about speciality coffee. Therefore, we need to deliver these physical copies to cafes and coffee shops around the UK. We are committed to cutting our carbon footprint, as such, we are making bulk deliveries to coffee roasteries where we can. The magazines can then be moved to their final destinations with other items (such as roasted coffee) to the cafes. This may mean that it takes longer to find the magazine in your favourite speciality cafe but we hope to be making a small step towards cutting the number of couriers on the road.

Packaging

All our mailing bags are made from polyethene, which is 100% recyclable – we hope to move these to biodegradable or compostable by 2021.