Eco-friendly printing uses soy and other vegetable inks instead of petroleum based inks. Soy ink is created using soybean oil that is slightly refined and combined with pigment, resins, and waxes. Soybean oil is naturally clearer than their petroleum based counterparts and in turn requires less pigment to create more brightly colored inks. This reduces the amount of chemicals put into the ink.
Soy ink can also be more easily removed from paper which reduces the amount of damage done to paper fibers during recycling and increases the yield of reusable product. Furthermore, the waste produced by recycling soy and vegetable inks is not hazardous and can be treated much more easily.
The paper used is 100% recycled and is processed chlorine-free which has obvious effects on the environment. The recycling process will always require some amount of virgin pulp, which is pulp that has never been used in the production of products before. Eco-friendly printers use sustainable tree farms to collect virgin pulp unlike other printers who rely on old-growth forests.
There are even more benefits regarding how “green” printing facilities are operated including being run on 100% wind power and investments in renewable energy credits. This dramatically reduces their impact on the environment.
By combining the advantages of soy inks, recycled paper, and environmentally friendly facilities you can make a big difference on how you’re impacting the Earth. “Green” printing is also very affordable when compared to traditional printing and the products produced have a very ethereal and professional look and feel. There is really no downside to involving yourself in eco-friendly printing practices.
PCA Delta cares about the environment.
We use soy based inks and recycled papers are available upon request.