A TILSTON couple are celebrating after their printing firm was given a prestigious award for its green friendly services.

Carole and Bob McWilliams said they were delighted that their company, LT Print Group, has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) status.

The prestigious FSC accreditation is only given to companies that can prove they comply with the highest social and environmental standards on the market.

LT Print, which is based in Wirral and works with clients across Cheshire and the North West, will now be able to use the FSC logo on all its products, proving to clients and business partners that they are a highly environmentally responsible organisation.

The FSC’s Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced only from well-managed forests.

LT Print managing director Bob McWilliams said: “This is fantastic news for LT Print and the culmination of years of hard work and diligence to ensure that the business is as green as possible.

“We have a firm commitment to minimising the environmental and social impact of the print we produce and have, for many years, only used paper from well managed forests. This is also becoming increasingly important to clients who want to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. We can ensure an organisation’s print requirements are as green friendly as possible and that when ordering from LT Print Group they are dealing with a company that takes its environmental and corporate social responsibilities very seriously.

“We are very conscious that our production and business operations have an influence on the environment and have always been determined to make a positive difference wherever we can. Therefore, the FSC accreditation for our business is very important and we consider it a glowing endorsement to have. LT Print has had to fulfil strict criteria and everyone on the team has contributed. We are aiming to be the most environmentally friendly printer in the North West.”

Bob added that the firm was also awarded the ISO14001 – the highest achievable environmental standard award – in 2009.

“Our environmental management systems are designed to reduce waste and energy consumption, and ensure the most stringent environmental standards are met,” he said. “The standards we have set ourselves have been achieved by having the latest, most energy-efficient machinery and only using vegetable based inks for its printed products. We have reduced waste to a minimum and 100 per cent of our paper waste, our used printing plates and all cardboard and polythene are recycled.

“But it doesn't stop with simply achieving the award. All our environmental systems are regularly monitored and reviewed and all our staff are involved and committed to the process – this means we are continually building, growing and learning from the processes we have implemented.”

LT Print – which is celebrating its 40th year of trading – works with clients across the UK and Europe.