The international Two Sides network now spans several countries and is present in Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa, and South America, with more than 600 members from across the Graphic Communications Industry.
Using a straightforward, balanced approach, Two Sides is telling the sustainability story of print and paper. We tackle the relevant environmental and social issues head-on with factual, authoritative information that exposes the myths, explains our industry’s true sustainability and gives stakeholders a solid foundation for making well-informed decisions about the use of print and paper.
Print and paper have been the preferred communication medium for more than 2,000 years, serving as a catalyst for learning, creativity, and commercial enterprise. By fostering a better understanding of our industry’s environmental credentials today, we’re positioning print and paper to continue as the communication medium of choice for tomorrow and beyond.
Two Sides is a global initiative by companies from the Graphic Communications Industry including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes, and postal operators. Our common goal is to promote the sustainability of the Graphics Communications Industry and dispel common environmental misconceptions by providing users with verifiable information on why print and paper is an attractive, practical and sustainable communications medium.
By uniting with common purpose behind Two Sides, the Graphic Communications Industry, led by sustainable and responsible forestry, paper production and printing, aspires to ensure that, in a world of scarce resources, print and paper’s unique recyclable and renewable qualities can be enjoyed for generations to come. Two Sides is further committed to ensuring that print and paper also remains a versatile, effective and powerful means of marketing and communication, stretching the imagination and imparting knowledge.
We are a non-profit organization and endeavour to implement our Mission Statement and in turn will seek to reinforce confidence in the Graphic Communications Industry by:
We strongly support:
Members of Two Sides seek to minimize and reduce the environmental impact of their business activities so that they contribute to sustainable development.¹
¹ Two Sides bases its understanding of sustainable development on the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) definition: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”