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Green Impact Awards

The Green Impact scheme launches each autumn, trying to implement change throughout the academic year. This sees staff taking steps to improve sustainability through energy saving, recycling, waste reduction, water saving, procurement, health and wellbeing, biodiversity or transport. 

Print Services have participated over a number of years building on our sucessess year after year, always trying to find new ways to improve our practices and make our impact on the environment a positive one rather than negative. We have received Platinum Awards every year since 2015 also Overall winner 2014-2015 and 2018.


In 2019 the University declared a climate emergency. The University of Bristol has committed to taking urgent action to reduce its emmissions of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide. The University has set out to deliver a carbon neutral campus by 2030. Energy saving and resource efficiency will help in this reduction.

SignageTrophies received from the Green Impact Award Scheme through participation across a number of years, some made from Glass and some from Wood


FairtradeUniversity of Bristol branded tote bag Red printing onto a natural colour bag made from Organic cotton and Fairly traded with long handles

We now hold a stock of University of Bristol branded Fairtrade Organic cotton bags (like the image shown) available at a days notice for events - in keeping with the Universities desire to use fairtrade sustainable products wherever possible. 

These are a quality product which lasts and shows a commitment to everybody's wellbeing througout the supply chain from growers to manufacturers. We can supply bespoke branded Fairtrade Organic cotton bags tailored to the needs of your event. We can custom brand these bags with around 3 weeks notice.

Please contact our bespoke team for more information.

PlasticClose up image showing a pile of University of Bristol branded Contour Eco pens, with the logo printed in black onto a white barrel with a matching black grip

Working towards removal of unnessessary single use plastics. To this aim we have been focussing on the plastic covers put onto our bindings and trying to where possible promote the use of biodegradable materials. We now offer recyclable card alternatives that are splash proof as an alternative to a standard PVC sheet. We also ask the most important question of our customers "is the cover needed at all"

The Contour Eco Pen which is made from 76% recycled materials and is recyclable - it still has the large print area available on the barrel for department name UoB logo and or web address. It has a choice of 4 colourful grips with printing along the barrel. We also have the Alaska Eco ballpen made from 100% recyclable materials and is itself also fully recyclable - with a print area on the barrel.

When your plastic recyclable pen is finished it can also be dropped off with us and we will ensure it gets recycled rather than going into landfill. Please contact our bespoke team for more information.

ElectricImage showing the rear quarter of our Print Services Electric Delivery van displaying the liveried side graphics of a lime green plug to illustrate the environmental impact

We have also upgraded our fleet of delivery vehicles. We deliver and collect the internal and external mail free of charge to any departmental address within the local University of Bristol precinct. We also deliver to Coombe Dingle Sports Centre and University of Bristol departments based at Southmead Hospital. The majority of our daily deliveries are around the precinct of the University within a 2 miles radius. We wanted a more sustainable fleet rather than the ageing petrol and diesel vehicles which were not ideally suited to short runs stopping and starting every few minutes. 

With the emphasis on reducing emmissions to help improve the air quality we currently have two 100% electric Nissan EV200 delivery vans. These produce zero emmissions and have proved to be reliable capable vehicles which can carry all the goods we need to deliver including the heavier bulky items. We have electric charging points locally installed in the adjacent car park.