Chemical-free operations increases the green credentials of any commercial printer who is keen to minimize his environment impact through less waste and no water usage during the process. Our printing plates use NO chemistry in the production process. No Developer. No Fixer. It’s a green as we can get.
Vegetable oil-based inks are also easier on the environment. Soy-based ink is an excellent alternative to petroleum or oil-based inks. Not only is this ink great for the environment and your eco-friendly business agenda, but it can actually be used to produce brighter, more vibrant colors. The end result is an eco-friendly and visually appealing creative every time, which says a lot about your business and demonstrates that you care about the environment – especially when combined with recycled paper.
Soy-based ink is, as the name implies, made from soybeans. The oil is refined and then mixed with other environmentally friendly compounds such as natural resins and waxes. The fine bright colors that can be produced with soy-based inks are a result of the soy oil – it is much cleaner and less, well, ‘oily’ than petroleum-based inks. Soy ink is a frequent choice of newspapers and other mass-produced documents since it can produce such bright colors, and it is substantially more cost effective than its oil-based cousins.
Petroleum based inks, while effective, are more expensive than soy-based inks and have a much harsher affect on the environment. They tend to contain a rather high amount of toluene, benzene and xylene. These compounds can be very harmful to the environment, wildlife and people: For example, benzene is a common carcinogen. Consider the content of soy-based inks in comparison: soybeans and natural resins, plus natural wax. That should say it all!