We don’t shout about our eco credentials enough – and perhaps we should! The studio is sustainable in many ways, with vintage letterpress naturally being an environmentally viable process.

Most of our equipment has had a previous life, with the presses and equipment having been rescued in some cases and restored. The presses are all powered by hand and foot and our ability to produce short print runs means that we are naturally producing less waste too… unless you’re counting the amount of choccy bars it takes to power our Master Printer!

We source recycled and FSC accredited materials wherever possible. The beautiful papers we print on are FSC accredited, cotton-based or 100% recycled and we re-use and recycle newsprint and packaging wherever possible.

We use oil-based inks which have often been rescued from commercial printers and we hand mix our inks which means that we use very little ink too. To clean down, we use vegetable oil, avoiding harsh chemicals wherever possible.

This careful and considered approach to our practise ensures high quality results that cannot be mimicked.

Greeting Cards Papers

The greetings cards and envelopes we have sourced are 100% recycled. Our supplier’s policy is to offer ecologically sound, greener products. They source from reputable green suppliers and carefully research the credentials of the papers. As such, nearly all of the paper and card they offer is 100% recycled with the majority containing a large proportion of post-consumer waste which can be seen as the odd fleck in our cards!

Our supplier also uses green technology including solar panels, rainwater harvesting and heat recovery systems, whilst keeping traditional and ethical values. For them, it’s not just a business but a way of life.

Other Papers

Our preferred papers for commissions are Crane & Co’s Crest & Lettra, St Cuthbert Mill’s Somerset, GF Smith’s Colorplan and beer mat (pulp) board.

Crane and Somerset are beautiful, archival, 100% cotton papers. Why 100% cotton and archival? Simply because it is the highest quality and it is acid free meaning that it will last for centuries! Cotton papers also require a lot less chemicals to produce and produce less waste than paper made from trees. Crane’s staff are also dedicated to minimizing waste, water and energy whilst researching the best renewable energy for their business.

St Cuthbert’s pride themselves on using natural water resources with the highest level of classification for cleanliness and biodiversity whilst working in harmony with the local countryside. The pulps and cotton linters are sourced for their purity and performance, with the cotton linters being a by-product from the textile industry.

Colorplan is fully recyclable and biodegradable . It is FSC accredited, using pulps from managed forests only with ECF classification for being heavy metal and chlorine free.

Good ethics all round, wouldn’t you say?!

The Smallprint Company
Friary Villas
2-3 Friary Street
Derby, DE1 1JF

07806 782109 | 07948 266652


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