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Reach PLC Scotland secures green first in UK

Reach PLC Scotland has become the first company in the UK to deliver a number of its mainstream newspapers without the printing process contributing to global deforestation.

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Ayrshire Post, Kilmarnock Standard and the Irvine Herald are now all printed with no impact on deforestation

The Ayrshire Post, Kilmarnock Standard and the Irvine Herald are now printed with full Chain of Custody status with Programme of Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification and licence.

This status means that a scheme is in place to responsibly source and track the wood and wood fibre used to make newsprint for the publications.

George Johnston, Reach Scotland Regionals' publishing editor, worked closely with the company's printing plant - Reach Printing Services (Saltire) – to secure the certification.

“There is no getting away from climate emergency and we should not underestimate the part we can all play,” he says, adding: “We can assure you being a reader of our titles does not in any way contribute to deforestation.

“As a newspaper publisher, our print credentials underpin everything we do. In the same way we apply values and standards to our editorial content, we hold ourselves to strict controls in our production processes too.

“Our editorial and production staff are fiercely proud of their titles and their place in the communities in which they serve. We are a trusted news brand and the trust of our audience is something we take very seriously.”

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