Ever since Horton Media was established in 1997, behaving in an environmentally responsible manner has been a way of life. Long before it was fashionable, we have been implementing policies and procedures that have actively reduced our environmental impact.
In 2004, Horton Media volunteered as one of seven New Zealand companies to pilot the Enviro-Mark® programme. This government initiative provides a standardized, environmental management system that provides businesses with a framework to assess their performance systematically against agreed standards, with the ultimate aims of minimising waste, reducing environmental risk, and increasing resource efficiency.
Today, abiding by this framework has become a way of life for us. In reality it means that every input to the business is scrutinised and assessed in terms of its impact on the environment, the degree of control in which we can influence such impact and what alternatives are available.
Regular impact calculations are carried out on everything from the running of company cars, laundering of overalls, use of hand cleaner and rags, through to energy consumption, cleaning fluids, inks and more. We take it as a great compliment that many of our competitors have now followed suit and implemented such practices into their own business.
Behaving in an environmentally responsible manner has always been something we have obsessed about. While our Auckland plant has pioneered best practices for sustainable printing, our purpose-built facility in Brisbane epitomises this passion at every turn.
Our ‘recycle, reduce, and reuse’ approach to business is at work in our printing plants. For example, up to 200 litres of water per day can be extracted from the air compression process to help supplement the press’ water needs; the whole site is plumbed for grey water use, so toilet facilities and landscaped gardens are not using precious clean water resources; and there is an end-to-end recycling process in place which means everything from paper roll waste to plastic and kraft wrapping is redirected for another use.
At both Horton Media plants, every step of the production process is regularly reviewed in order to identify where we can reduce, recycle or reuse materials. Just some examples of our green conscience at work include:
- Every wooden pallet is reused over and over again. And once they reach the end of their useable life, the pallets are mulched and used for garden spread.
- Any excess newsprint is recycled and used in a variety of ways, from egg cartons to construction bales used in alternative lifestyle, environmentally friendly new homes.
- Every month approximately three tonnes of our aluminium printing plates are smelted and reconstituted into boat propellers.
- The four inks used for printing – cyan, magenta, yellow and black – are poured into enormous, refillable 1,000 litre vats, saving over 250 plastic pails a month.
- Shrink wrap, reels and any other plastic that arrives at Horton Media is collected by a specialist plastics recycling company and converted into resin for reuse
- Rain water and air moisture is collected and used to help supply the press and press processors. Any leftovers go to the landscaped gardens!
At Horton Media our environmental stewardship goes beyond our own front door. We deliberately work with suppliers with genuine environmentally responsible practices too.
If you would like to know more about Horton Media’s environmental practices or the practices of our paper or ink suppliers please feel free to request this information from us.