Single Use Recyclable Products – Covid Safe

How long Covid-19 can survive on surfaces and objects is a question many people are asking – can you catch Coronavirus from touching objects that have been handled by multiple people before you, such as menus in a restaurant, information cards in the back of every seat on an aeroplane as well as corporate, retail and council communications.

Since the pandemic and coming out of lock-down, consumers have been forced to think through the risks of dining out, travelling, shopping, going to the gym and many other ‘normal’ activities.  It is critical for businesses to make consumers feel safe and comfortable again.  Whilst we are confident that the pandemic was not transmitted through food or touching objects, until more research has been carried out, cleanliness and fewer touch points are important to make the consumer feel safe.  Communicating efforts with consumers and reassuring them of the health and safety measure in place is also very important.  The psychology of cleanliness, or how clean consumers perceive it, is key.

Menus are often the most germ-ridden part of the restaurant, according to WebMD. Customers pick them up, handle them, pass them around, and leave them for the next patron with staff often having no time to ensure they cleaned between each use.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains  “It is not certain how long the virus that causes Covid-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses.  Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.  This may vary under different conditions e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.

However, scientists and health experts have confirmed that newspapers hold very little to no risk of  transmitting Covid-19, due to both the ink and the printing process that they go through.  “Newspapers are pretty sterile because of the way they are printed and the process they’ve been through,” said George Lomonossoff, a virologist at the John Innes Centre in the UK. “Traditionally, people have eaten fish and chips out of them for that very reason. So all of the ink and the print makes them actually quite sterile. The chances of [being infected] are infinitesimal.”  You can read more HERE.

As well as the print process, newsprint is also a cost-effective option, ensuring brands, retailers, restaurants, leisure attraction and airlines can offer the consumer a single-use, recyclable print product.  Paper is made from wood, a truly renewable and sustainable resource and forest certification ensures wood comes from well managed forests.  Our print sites were built to produce print products at high volumes and high-speed, cost-effectively.  

Single Use Items

Single-use items offer a cost-effective method for printing, they can be ordered in high volumes, cost effectively and recycled after each use.  We offer a number of options to meet your bespoke requirements, from 1,500 copies to millions, a range of paperstocks and paginations from 4pp-224pp.  There is also the option to add a perforated page for your customers to tear-out and take away for offers or promotions.  

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