The environmental impact of census printed materials

At the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we wanted our printed materials for Census 2021 to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

We reduced the environmental impact of the letters, leaflets and other printed materials that we sent to people in several ways.

Carbon balanced paper

Working with Loveurope and Partners (leap) and World Land Trust, our agency, M&C Saatchi Partnerships used carbon-balanced paper for 75% of all Census 2021 campaign materials they produced.

The equivalent of 8,079kg of carbon dioxide was balanced against the paper we used. This allowed World Land Trust to protect 5,655 square metres of critically threatened tropical forest.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper

The FSC helps to take care of the world’s forests and FSC-certified paper is made from materials that meet their strict environmental requirements.

One of our print suppliers used FSC-certified paper for 96% of the Census 2021 materials they produced.

Environmentally friendly inks

The inks the supplier used to print 96% of Census 2021 materials sent to them were produced from renewable resources and not classified as hazardous.