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How to choose a 'GREEN PRINTER' - Part 1: Inks
As a business or an individual:
- You recycle
- Maybe you’re even carbon neutral
- But what about your printer’s environmental credentials?
Ask yourself: Are they living up the environmental standards that you or your business adhere to? And how can you check?
We’re teaching you how to identify a truly ‘green’ or environmentally friendly printer. Part 1: Inks
Obviously colour is vital in your printing, getting the right pantone or CMYK reference can make or break a project.
Petroleum Based Inks:
Did you realise that standard, oil based inks contain substances that are harmful to human health and the environment? These include: chromium, lead, mercury and cadmium amongst others.
They are the most commonly used inks because they dry fast and enable projects to be completed quickly. However, the petrol and alcohol content in them evaporates as they dry, which emits up to 40% VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere.
VOCs present a health hazard to pressroom workers and react with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunshine, creating ozone pollution and smog.
Finally, petroleum based ink is also harder to de-ink when it is recycled. This results in toxic waste from the amount of chemicals needed.
Vegetable or Soya based inks (ECO Inks)
The environmentally friendly alternative is vegetable based ink. This can be made from a variety of vegetable oils such as:
- Soy Bean
Vegetable based ink takes longer to dry but only emits approximately 2-4% VOCs into the atmosphere – significantly less than oil inks.
Vegetable oils are non-hazardous and what’s more, they’re a renewable resource, unlike petroleum which is a finite resource. In addition, vegetable based ink is much easier to de-ink when recycling than oil based inks, and therefore there is much less toxic waste produced.
So next time you send a project to print, stop and think about the environment. Choose an environmentally friendly printer, who uses vegetable based inks.
Foundry Press, based in Horsham, West Sussex, uses ONLY vegetable based inks in ALL of its projects. You can read more about our commitment to being a leading ‘green’ printer here