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Why “ECO PRINTING ” ?
We should all be very earth friendly. Although taking unneccessary printout is paving way for global warming, but for certain needs, we have to take prints.So taking all kind of prints should be eco friendly
If you are wondering why one should opt for eco-printing. You would be surprised to learn that the paper and printing industry is one, amongst the major users of energy. Producing paper and the electricity used for factory operations, as well as the actual printing process, demand lots of fossil fuels.
Let’s face it; eco-friendly printing is the way to go today. In spite of all the technological advancements and the promise of digital, paperless offices, printing services are still among the most sought after services. Even in this age of electronic communication and ubiquitous digital glory, mankind has not been able to fully shrug off the need for paper. Printing is still needed and our printing presses are keeping busy with a steady influx of orders everyday.
This is also an age where mankind has become more aware and responsible for his actions towards the environment. There is a conscious effort everywhere to go green, stop environmental pollution and save the planet we live in. This new heightened awareness has necessitated the need to take a fresh look into industries and commercial organisations, which have long been blamed, to varying extents, for polluting the environment and depleting the earth’s natural resources. We have also started to think how such harmful effects can be diminished and keep the planet green.
Like most production operations, printing houses also produce harmful wastes. Printing houses produce what are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), caused by the use of petroleum-based inks, laminates, varnishes and adhesives. Studies have shown that these compounds, when inhaled, greatly increase the risk of asthma attacks.
However, this is only half of what “eco-friendly printing services” are really all about. The issue of conservation is no less important than the need to stop polluting the environment. Eco-friendly printing is all about a successful merging of the two.
The new trend making its way into our lives is quickly catching on. Many are jumping fast on the “go green” bandwagon. Several companies are cashing in. Printing companies are no exception.
Environmentally friendly printing is printing for the new age. Polls have shown that people the ages of eighteen to twenty nine are more likely to buy organic or environmentally friendly products and services than are other age groups. Therefore, these printing companies are making sure to appeal to this age group. In order to become more “organic,” the print companies are using more natural products including recycled paper and soy or vegetable oil based ink.
As part of the “green” movement, these print companies use soy based ink instead of traditional petroleum based ink. The original petroleum based inks have some drawbacks; they can cause short and long term health effects including releasing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that reduce indoor air quality. Ink derived from soy beans was originally developed for newspaper printing yet has been used for other products including business cards and product catalogs. The benefits of using soy or vegetable oil based ink are: this ink is environmentally friendly (some even release no VOCs into the air), paper printed using this ink can be easily deinked making it easier to recycle, and the colors tend to be brighter as well.
In addition, recycled paper being used more and more as people become concerned with helping to save the environment. Recycled paper goes through a process in order to be used again. It is first washed and deinked and then made into pulp. The pulp then goes through a bleaching process and it formed into paper by draining the water and cutting it into sheets for use once again. A key point to pay attention to when assessing recycled paper is the amount of post-consumer waste (PCW) contained in the paper.
Post-Consumer Waste is paper that has already been used by consumers; this includes magazines and catalogs that may or may not have actually made it to the customer.By using these materials, printing companies are being environmentally friendly while being consumer friendly at the same time. There are also companies taking additional measures in this “go green” trend. It is best to check with your specific company in order to know their policy and practices when it comes to being environmentally friendly.