Climate-Neutral Print Production
We see ourselves as being responsible for the environment. That's why our printed materials are produced and transported with a neutral impact on the climate.
As a company that routinely has printed products produced, we see it as our responsibility to give something back to the environment. For this reason we are committed to printing more and more of our catalogs, brochures and flyers in a climate-neutral manner. This allows us to offset emissions created by printing, and all the associated upstream and downstream operations, through accredited climate protection projects. In addition, the paper used for production comes from sustainable forestry and controlled sources.
Renaturalizing degraded forest areas in Kibale National Park, Uganda: In cooperation with PRIMAKLIMA e.V., winkler is helping to renaturalize the rainforest and implement related measures to protect the climate, restore the ecosystem and fight poverty in the region.
Located in the western part of Uganda, Kibale National Park covers an area of 776 qm². It is known for its verdant tropical rainforest, home to more than 350 native tree species, 370 species of birds, four species of wildcats and 13 species of primates, and is one of the key areas for biodiversity. Since the 1960s, however, the area was steadily cleared and the soils were depleted by shifting cultivation, which destroyed the habitat for wildlife.
By protecting the existing forest and also reforesting the cleared areas, a large-scale wildlife habitat is being restored. This renaturalization of the national park also contributes significantly to climate protection, as the trees constantly absorb carbon. To be able to preserve the forest in the long term, however, forest fire prevention strategies are necessary. Permanently staffed fire towers, for example, are used to detect forest fires early. The local population of the 27 communities bordering the park will be closely involved through activities such as planting, creating firebreaks, and maintaining the trails. This generates a regular income for the farmers and their families and also gives them important knowledge about how to use the land sustainably.
Unfortunately, shipping printed materials still isn't possible without generating emissions that harm the climate. To improve our CO2balance and do something in favor of climate protection, we use the GoGreen initiative from Deutsche Post to ship our letters and advertising brochures. To neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions of (letter) shipments, we first calculate their volume. GoGreen then neutralizes the emissions by investing the same amount in certified international climate protection projects.
For example, the DHL Group of Deutsche Post provides highly efficient stoves to households in Lesotho, South Africa. Since firewood is often used to heat food there, these stoves are a way to reduce emissions that harm the climate. Besides that, they keep people safe from toxic smoke, and the demand for firewood decreases. As a result, deforestation in Lesotho is either slowed down or prevented altogether.