At Dennis Maps our printing presses are always busy, producing over two million maps and charts every year. Inevitably, print waste is created from the production process and we’re always looking to reduce this. Recently, we’ve found a unique solution – recycling print waste into bags, belts and briefcases!

Our large format litho printers use printing blankets that transfer ink from printing plates to paper. These blankets are now being re-purposed by Elvis & Kresse, an award-winning company that produces high-end ethical goods. The business uses 15 types of waste materials to create luxury accessories, such as bags, belts and briefcases. It also donates half its profits to charity, including The Fire Fighters Charity and Barefoot College International.

“Why use virgin raw materials for fashion or luxury, when we have plenty of amazing materials that need a second life?” asks Kresse Wesling of Elvis & Kresse. “We also think that money needs a second life, which is why 50% of our profits are donated to charity.”

Dennis Maps’ Trelleborg printing blankets are composed of rubber and canvas and are provided by BFS Pressroom Solutions, a manufacturer and distributor of printing consumables. Impressively, the company also collects used printing blankets from customers, picking up blankets at the same time it delivers other goods. BFS ensures it has a big enough batch of printing blankets to make transferring them to Elvis & Kresse efficient.
Then Elvis & Kresse collects them.

At Elvis & Kresse, the compressible layer of the printing blankets is combined with other waste materials, such as decommissioned firehoses sourced from the London Fire Brigade. The recycled materials are then transformed into high-end accessories that are sold across the world. “Elvis & Kresse’s story is inspirational and working with them is such a privilege, prompting us to be more responsible as a business and to look at ways in which we can do better,” says Nicky Hope, Director at BFS Pressroom Solutions.

BFS arranges for printing blankets that can’t be repurposed by Elvis & Kresse to undergo an alternative recycling process, with rubber waste used to create energy at recovery facilities. The company also offers its customers refurbished rollers as well as new ones, another eco-friendly option.

At Dennis Maps we’re always working towards going greener; it’s at the heart of everything we do. We’re thrilled our old printing blankets are being turned – like magic – into bags, belts and briefcases.

Dennis Maps is one of the leading map printers in the world, producing more than two million maps and charts every year. We offer comprehensive pre-press services, large format print solutions using both large format litho printing and large format digital print technologies, plus specialised map folding and map finishing techniques.

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