Clean and Green Large Format Printing
There is an explosion nowadays of eco-solvent inks for inkjet printers that are healthier for the environment, don’t require venting, and are free of volatile organic compounds. But are they really eco-friendly?
November 16, 2004 – Experts are now abuzz with the new trend of printers utilizing eco-solvent inks that are environment friendly, free of organic compounds and answers ecological concerns that beset our everyday life. With recognition of potential profits with large format inkjet printing, commercial printers are now moving towards utilizing these inks and solvents to control costs, as well as answer the government’s call for more eco-friendly materials in all things.
As recent times have opened up the market for a more environment-friendly printing process, people are now with questions on what really are “eco-solvent inks”. A solvent as described by Webster is a substance, usually a liquid that dissolves another substance. But in the inkjet industry, the term is used to describe ink that is not water-based. In fact, according to Digital Output Magazine, these inks generally contain glycol esters or glycol ether esters that are both derived from mineral oil. This means that the bases of these inks are hardly renewable or ecologically sound. In effect, their components tend to have a harsh consequence on the environment.
We therefore have to agree nonetheless that there are also an abundance of equally safe solvents. It is just up to us to decide about the way we use these solvents to create a more ecologically-advantageous working environment. Some precautions are also advised. One of these is to request for a Material Safety Data Sheet from the supplier regarding the product that you just acquired.
All in all, it is a rule of thumb that as long as simple ground rules are observed, solvent inkjet printing is still a safe and environmentally sound method. As with Large Format Posters Printing, they are constantly on the lookout for new advances not only on equipment, but also on materials that will eventually help in the protection of the environment.
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