Go clean and green this 2021! Whether you are an individual or a business, eco-printing is a step in the right direction to sustainability. Eco-friendly Printing is something everyone, including companies, can do right away to get stunning eco-friendly prints while saving the planet in the process.
So, what is Eco-friendly Printing? It involves the application of green innovations in the three main elements of the printing process – the printing technology, the ink, and the print materials – to minimise the impact on our environment. These green technologies help reduce pollution, waste, and energy consumption during production. It also helps reduce printing costs while saving the planet.
More eco-efficient printing technologies are on the rise. Innovators try to improve or come up with fast and efficient printing methods that consume less energy and resources and produce less waste.
Waterless Printing, for example, is an improvement from traditional offset printing which uses water to form non-images on the print. It produces VOCs or volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances as waste. However, waterless printing eliminates all that.
Instead of water, Waterless Printing uses a layer of silicon to repel the ink. This technique does not release VOCs, reduces running time and waste, and offers a more extensive colour range and better image definition.
Inks with a petroleum or plastic base contain harmful compounds and chemicals that harm the environment. Eco-friendly printing has found a nonpolluting alternative in eco-inks. These inks use organic ingredients like soy or vegetable in their production.
Soy-based ink, in particular, is a fantastic alternative that replicates the effects of petroleum-based inks but without the toxic side effects on the environment. Some argue that it produces brighter and more vibrant colours compared to other inks.
Another well-known eco-friendly ink hails from vegetables. However, unlike soy-based inks, it does not produce the same results as its soy counterpart and is slightly more expensive.
There are notable innovations in eco-friendly printing in the print materials used. These products come from recycled or other sustainable materials that are 100% biodegradable or recyclable. The materials used also come from sustainable suppliers and use little to no chemicals in its processing.
Going green is more important now than ever. The faster we can reduce our carbon footprint, the quicker it takes for the planet to heal. While transitioning to more sustainable business practices takes time, eco-friendly printing is an excellent way to start.