Print in the Channel - issue #6


Sustainable tech disposal app saves more than a million units from landfill

More than a million units of obsolete IT hardware have been saved from UK landfill thanks to a tech disposal app launched in 2020. The app, developed by circular IT provider Stone, a Converge Company, aims to support businesses with the sustainable disposal of their unwanted IT assets. Since its launch, the Stone 360 app has been downloaded more than 31,000 times and has saved more than 1.2 million units of unwanted IT from landfill via a combination of refurbishment and recycling. A study by Uswitch in 2022 found that the UK generated 23.4kg of e-waste per capita – the second-highest amount in the world. If all the e-waste generated by the entire UK population was to be stacked up, it would be the equivalent to stacking more than 1,200 double-decker buses. Last year saw the Stone 360 app undergo its second iteration, which has helped organisations meet important regulations on hardware waste disposal with its ability to classify any items that contain harmful substances and identify those that can be successfully refurbished. In partnership with Ecologi and The National Forest, Stone plant one tree for each collection of unwanted IT equipment.

App users can track their contribution to tree planting through the app, as the trees are planted in the ‘virtual woodland’ on Stone360. Since launch, Stone has planted more than 6,400 trees and its partnership with The National Forest will result in 400 trees being planted every year, in addition to quarterly donations that are used to improve biodiversity across the forest as well as woodland management. “Since the launch of the Stone 360 app in 2020, we’ve seen a revolutionary change in the way our customers have increased their recycling efforts,” said Craig Campion, director of IT asset disposal sales at Stone. “By enabling quick and easy collection and responsible disposal at our world-class ITAD facility, we’ve seen the app downloaded more than 31,000 times. We will continue in our mission to work with our customers to create a sustainable future for the next generation.” Sheryl Moore, head of sustainability at Stone, added: “Electronic waste is a very real and pressing issue for our environment. We all need to do more to protect the planet and as a provider of IT hardware to the public and private sector, we are committed to helping organisations correctly dispose of their end-of-life IT. The Stone 360 app has been transformative in our efforts to do that.”

Stone 360 app

Sheryl Moore head of sustainability

Konica Minolta announces availability of AccuroShine 3600 with iFoil One digital hot-stamping

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd has announced its AccurioShine 3600 inkjet spot UV coater, with the digital hot-stamping iFoilOne in-line module, powered by MGI’s innovative varnish technology, is now available. The AccurioShine 3600 enables in-house spot UV varnishing, from prototyping to full production, without the need for screens, plates or dies. The AccurioShine 3600 utilises ground-breaking technology for adding 2D and 3D multiple coating and dimensional texture effects in a single pass. With a maximum supported paper size of B3+ (364mm x 750mm), the AccurioShine 3600 is perfect for enhancing business/name

cards, greeting cards, photobook covers and packaging on demand, creating an impactful and unique print experience for customers. The fully digital AccurioShine 3600 features industry-leading artificial intelligence registration technology and an eco-friendly LED curing system, all in a compact size. When combined with the iFoilOne in-line hot foil stamping module, a range of never seen before high-impact finishing effects are possible including personalised embossed foil. The AccurioShine 3600 also supports variable data printing (VDP), adding more impact to tickets, personalised packages and labels, invitations, one-to-one marketing and more. Job changes are made easy with the

Jon Hiscock head of production and industrial printing


Powered by