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Environment Policy

We are committed to conducting our business operations in an environmentally responsible manner and recognise the need to continually improve our operations, reduce any adverse effects to the environment and to strive to achieve an economic balance between environmental management and business activities.

To identify and use materials/processes which reduce the risk of pollution.

To promote natural resource conservation by encouraging efficient use of energy, minimum use of raw materials, and use of recycled materials where practical.

Take a proactive approach to environmental management.

To minimize discharges, emissions, waste and their effects on the environment while maximizing recycling.

To set annual environmental objectives and targets against which to measure improvements in environmental performance.

To ensure compliance with environmental legislation, regulations and other requirements.

To document procedures and continuously monitor progress in environmental performance through regular measurement, review and audit, utilizing a management system compliant with ISO 14001.

To encourage our suppliers and contractors to maintain sound environmental practices.

To ensure that all employees are made aware of environmental issues on site through a programme of training relevant to their roles.

To provide information on our environmental policy to interested parties.

Click here to open the World Land Trust website in a new tab to learn more about carbon balanced paper.

Standards & Certifications

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are national working groups in more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.


Visit our links and info page to view our Good Reasons flip cards

PEFC is the world's largest forest certification organisation. An international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, PEFC is the certification system of choice for small forest owners.


The Carbon Footprint of the printer is measured and balanced along with the Carbon Impact of the material. Through the World Land Trust the emissions are balanced (offset) by the purchase and preservation of endangered areas of natural rainforest. The World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world's most biologically important and threatened habitats

ISO 9001 / 14001 logo

F G Curtis plc has been certified to BS EN ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2015 for the following scope. "Constructional design, plate-making, lithographic printing, die cutting, finishing operations, sales and administration at the Merstham site." Certification is subject to periodic surveillance and re-assessment.

For further information regarding the validity of the certification please contact Print and Media Certification Ltd on


Materials & production

Conventional materials

Curtis alternative

Carton Board

According to the United Nations, half of the world's forests have already been altered, degraded, destroyed or converted into other land uses. Much of the remaining forests today suffer from illegal exploitation and poor management. FSC was established as a response to these concerns over global deforestation.

FSC Board ensures protection of the forests, the environment, people and the wildlife that depend upon them. It also gives options for maximising the use of post-consumer recycled paper.

Inks and Varnishes

UV (ultraviolet) inks and coatings: Oil and chemical based using large amounts of energy in the printing process. Difficult to recycle.

Vegetable/soya based inks. Water based coatings are soluble, cleaner and easily recycled.

Printing Plates

Metal plates need three separate chemical based treatments for developing, fixing and storage. These toxic chemicals affect the atmosphere and are difficult to dispose of.

Chemical Free plate making "Processes less plates" are completely chemical free with plates laser etched. After printing the plates are recycled.

Waste and Offcuts

Landfilled or moved in bulk requiring numerous vehicle journeys and road miles.

Every single item is stored, compacted and recycled. Our waste management system provides full details on the ultimate destination and recycling process. We have installed an in-house collector compactor converting offcuts reday for pulping. This alone has cut colletion journeys by 80%.


FSC Certificate 2017

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PEFC Certificate 2017

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ISO 14001 Certificate of Registration

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ISO 9001 Certificate of Registration

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ISO 9001 Schedule to Certificate of Registration

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ISO 14001 Schedule to Certificate of Registration

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