We are a workers’ co-op providing eco-friendly
print services to Oxford and beyond. We offer:
- Risograph printing – very green, good value and no waste.
- 100% post-consumer recycled paper and card including a
variety of coloured paper.
- Non-toxic veg-oil inks – spot colour with: black, blue, red,
green and orange.
- Full-colour printing – in certain circumstances.
- Delivered by bike within Oxford.
- Design & Illustration also available, with discounts for good causes.
We do not do photocopying.
Please download our introductory leaflet
(PDF) to see more about our services, some sample prices, and to learn what Risograph printing can offer. We also offer design, proof-reading, sales of paper and card, comb-binding and lamination.
…is our main focus (though we can do some full-colour laser printing). Risograph printing (aka RISO-printing) uses just a sixth of the energy of the average digital printer and generates only recycle-able paper waste.
Riso-printing prints one colour at a time. The ink (non-toxic veg. ink) takes longer to dry than conventional ink. Please talk to us if your job is urgent and needs more than one colour – we’ll do everything we can to get it done!
At present we have six ink colours: black, dark blue, green, red, orange and our new ink is fluorescent pink, which looks great as a second colour alongside black or dark blue:
The maximum printable area is about 400mm by 280mm. So it’s easiest to simply keep 10mm margins in your designs – what we call “thumb-room”.
Large blocks of dark tone will often print slightly speckled. Tones of about 70% are normally quite smooth. Riso is better for bold graphics and images with strong contrast. Any tones of less than about 10% will probably not print – so any photos or designs that have very light subtle tones will look a bit different if printed on the Riso.
A key characteristic of Riso-printing is “mis-registration” – a slight difference in the position of one colour relative to another, i.e. with two-colour printing, the exact position of one colour will move slightly (1-2mm) compared to the other colour. It’s unavoidable, but can result in a quirky / rustic design. It’s fairly easy to allow for this, e.g. use the two (or three) colours in ways where they do not need to line up exactly, such as blue text on an orange box.
We usually have the following A3 100% post consumer recycled paper (80gsm) in stock:
Hummus (aka cream or Ivory)
Light orange (aka salmon)
and white (in 80gsm and in 100gsm)
We have the following A3 card, also 100% post-consumer recycled:
190gsm thin white card
250gsm thick white card
270gsm thick hummus card
190psm eco-kraft brown card (looks a bit like bran flakes)
We also have other colour paper (including yellow) in A4 and a range of C6 and small square envelopes.
We are now selling some beautiful seasonal cards (A6 and A5) and
wrapping papers (A3) – see the new page “Festive goodies“.
Combined with 100% recycled paper, Riso-printing is very green and cheap. Save money and help the planet by choosing Risograph printing at Oxford GreenPrint.
Most of our customers are community groups, campaign groups, NGOs, non-profit social enterprises and local businesses. We like, when able, to support ethical community groups and projects. Therefore all prices are negotiable. We reserve the right to refuse work.
We celebrated our 20th birthday in 2017
Oxford GreenPrint was set up by three friends who realised there was a need for printing that doesn’t cost the earth. In 2012 we became a Workers Coop to reflect our business ethos.
Get in touch for a free quote:
Tel: 01865 six, eight, two 819
(Uninvited sales and marketing pitches are not appreciated, thanks)
Email: mail <at> OxfordGreenPrint <dot> com
Whilst our ‘open to the public’ hours are limited, we monitor this email regularly and will respond promptly, particularly to urgent requests.