Sustainable Print & Marketing Partner
Our sustainable journey

Taking strides to be more sustainable & environmentally friendly for ourselves, our customers, our suppliers and the planet.

In our mission to be as sustainable as we can be…
We’re constantly working to evolve and improve our sustainability efforts in any way we can. Sharing our knowledge with our partners – both customers and suppliers. Offering a ‘carbon consultancy’ where we will work with you to calculate, improve and report on the carbon measurements of your marketing activity.

We have sustainability running through the spine of the business – every decision we make has sustainability at the heart of it and we are constantly educating our team as the sustainability landscape evolves – it’s a never ending journey, one we’re proud to be a part of!

If you are looking for the nitty gritty details they can be found in our policies below.


Certified B Corporation logo against a UK woodland

B Corp Certified

We are B Corp Certified to show our ongoing commitment to doing business the right way. Looking at our practices and impact under a microscope. For more information please read on below.

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Carbon Neutral

We are a Carbon Neutral printer, mailing house and marketing partner. With the help of Carbon Neutral Britain we calculate & offset our organisations total emissions annually. This is a large step in becoming a sustainable business.

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FSC and PEFC paper accreditation

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) & Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC)

The Forest Stewardship Council® is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders.

This means we are able supply paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) or Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC). These products use timber from verified well managed forests, which ensures a renewable and sustainable resource.

Our SBTi targets mean EDWPS is in alignment with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C

Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

We embrace science-based targets, aligning with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C per the Paris Agreement. We recognise the urgency of addressing the climate emergency and the role businesses can play in achieving this.

Our target was approved using a streamlined target validation route exclusive to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). https://sciencebasedtargets.org/faqs-for-smes/ committing to reducing scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 42% by 2030 from a 2022 base year, and to measure and reduce its scope 3 emissions.

Learn more on SBTi here

Carbon Capture

Carbon capture is a scheme where we counter balance our CO2 emissions created from our paper supply. Striving to be a eco print marketing partner tackling and addressing all aspects of print and our impact.

Tree Planting Days

Who says you can’t make a difference one tree at a time? Eight Group rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, helping to plant a whopping 13,000 trees in just one day with the Woodlands Trust. Talk about turning over a new leaf for sustainable business practices.

Recycling Paper

One of our main waste products is paper, whilst we have always had recycling bins in our Nottingham warehouse these have now been introduced to our print room and offices. Join us in embracing sustainability and let’s make paper waste a thing of the past!

New Machinery

Eight Group has made a BIG investment in the Xerox Baltoro Inkjet press. It is cost quality optimised to ensure it runs efficiently with both value, volume and velocity.

Paper Wrap

Eight Group has helped develop a new way of doing paper wrap which makes it viable for small volumes. It is the environmentally friendly alternative to poly-wrap, perfect for sustainable business or those looking to improve upon their current practices.

Cycle to work Scheme

The cycle to work scheme allows employees to purchase bicycles with a discount and the cost of the bike then comes out of their salary removing paying Tax and national insurance on the cost.

Ink Cartridges

With Eight Days being a Printer, Ink is another one of our largest resources which is why we refill and recycle our ink cartridges. Another step on becoming an eco printer, covering all aspects of print.

Two Sides

As a member of Two Sides – we help promote the sustainability of the print communication supply chain and educate potential users about common environmental misconceptions.

Electric car charging

We now have 4 electric car charging ports in our Nottingham car park to encourage, promote and facilitate easy greener travel. Offering free electric car charging for all visitors and employees.

LED Lights

We have switched all possible lighting in our Nottingham print and mailing house to LED. With auto lights in many of the main areas and parts of the office to help ensure lights are not left on unnecessarily.

Hand dryers

ONE recycled paper towel creates 10g of CO2e and they can’t be recycled. Whereas a Dyson Airblade generates 2g of CO2e. Easy to see why Eight Group invested in these Dyson hand dryers.

Wildflower Planting

We believe in the power of sustainable business practices. which is why we partnered with Green the UK. Pledging to help plant 1 hectare or 9375 square metres of local wildflower meadows. These carbon storage hotspots capture twice as much carbon as forestry.

We are now B Corp Certified – which underscores our dedication to ethical and sustainable business practices. This prestigious certification places us among companies committed to leveraging business as a force for good.

What is a B Corp?

Certified B Corporations are companies that officially meet a high standard of social and environmental performance with transparency and accountability. The standard is verified by B Lab which is the same worldwide. No matter the size of your business or industry sector, B Corps is achievable for all businesses.

How to become a B Corp

  1. Firstly you need to be operating at profit and have been operational for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Complete and submit the B Impact Assessment online. This is roughly 200 questions including a disclosure questionnaire. These questions are focused on 5 areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers.
  3. If your B Impact Assessment is below 80 you will need to improve your score.
  4. Implement the legal framework into governing documents and submit them to Companies House. As a further commitment to the cause.
  5. Your B Impact Assessment will then be reviewed by B Lab alongside your supporting evidence and an interview.
  6. You will then be B Corp certified as long as you’ve met all of the requirements.
  7. Next steps? Sign the agreement, pay your annual fee and celebrate with your community and stakeholders.
  8. You will be required to produce and publish an annual impact report to show your continued progress and goals.

Why companies are becoming B Corporations?

Companies are choosing to become B Corp Certified for numerous reasons including the following:

  • Attract like-minded business partners, consumers and employees.
  • Motivates and engages employees
  • Increases customer loyalty
  • Established and trusted benchmark of a trusted business
  • Demonstrates and advocates for business responsibility
  • Highlights business can be done in the right way – a balance of profit and purpose.
  • Accountability
  • Commitment to the cause

Kate Jackson Former Contributor for Forbes wrote the following: “There is a widely held view, growing in momentum, that businesses need to play their role in driving societal and environmental change—rather than leaving that to government and charities.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/katejacksonk/2020/02/18/why-be-a-b-corp/

In many instances, it’s about businesses’ taking the initiative and actually being the change. To be a force for good and be a company that cares beyond the bottom line. To care for all those it may impact; from suppliers, retailers as well as end users.

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