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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print, 2nd Edition
Abstract: Monadnock Paper Mills has released the second edition of a how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials. A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print points out alternatives for design decisions that support sustainability. New information in the second edition includes a full chapter dedicated to packaging, an expanded section on energy and emissions, and an overview of the various environmental programs, logos, and terminology that many paper mills use in their product literature today. Sections of the guide include: Paper; Production; Inks; Printing; Finishing; Packaging; Checklist; Reference; and A Commitment Today. The guide is available for download at the URL listed here (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages). The guide may also be ordered at www.mpm.com/info.
Source: Monadnock Paper Mills
A Pollution Prevention Guide for the Printing Industry
Abstract: This Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) fact sheet provides basic pollution prevention information for printers, including suggestions for reducing common wastes, such as silver, inks, solvents, waste from process baths, rags and wipes and other wastes. Also includes contacts for further assistance for Delaware businesses.
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Best Management Practices for the Printing Industry
Abstract: Fact sheet offers key P2 practices such as materials substitutions, recycling and changeover recommendations for best management practices.
Source: VA Small Business Assistance Program
Cleaning Anilox Rollers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes alternative cleaning methods for anilox rollers and outlines the regulatory concerns associated with using solvents for cleaning. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
Design for the Environment: Flexographic Printing Partnership
Abstract: Provides technical information and pollution prevention tips for printers. Includes general project information, findings & accomplishments, links to project publications and a list of partners.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for the Environment
GreenPrinter: Eco-Friendly Printing
Abstract: GreenPrinter provides and environmentally friendly printing service, featuring New Leaf Paper and Climate Cool shipping. Through GreenerPrinter.com, you can obtain: high-quality, affordable printing services; featuring real-time print quotes and online ordering; using state-of-the-art recycled papers; printing by a certified environmentally responsible company; and shipped directly to you with zero climate impact. In addition, all printing services purchased through GreenerPrinter.com results in a financial contribution to support GreenBiz.com, an acclaimed, nonprofit online resource on business and the environment. GreenBiz.com is a program of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation.
Source: Tulip Graphics & GreenBiz.com
Inside Flexo: A Cleaner Run for the Money
Abstract: Twenty-minute video developed for the Design for the Environment Project that provides flexographic printers with tips on how to address environmental concerns while improving the bottom line. Information on how to order a free copy is included.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for Environment
Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry: A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers
Abstract: Contains common P2 practices for printing and several case studies. Lithography, flexograhy, gravure, letterpress, and screen-printing are described in depth, along with major P2 concerns associated with each.
Source: NEWMOA and IL Waste Management and Research Center
Sun Chemical Develops Alternatives to Solvent Flexo Printing
Abstract: Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company's new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to comply with pending European legislation that will affect the industry while printing up to 600 meters per minute. From October 2007, the Solvent Emissions Directive states that every printing firm that uses more than 15 tons of solvents per year must either invest in incineration units or find alternatives for 75 percent of its solvent-based print colors. In addition, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive legislates that printing firms using more than 200 tons of solvents per year must be in possession of a specific environmental certificate and must strictly apply procedures according to "best practice techniques." Sun Chemical's innovative breakthrough is the use of modified amine soluble resins, which crosslink after they transfer from the press to the substrate, making the inks fully water resistant when dry. Each of the inks - known as Barracuda, Piranha and Beluga - has been designed for specific applications. Erik Segers, corporate product manager liquid inks, Sun Chemical Europe, said, "Water-based inks are ideal for smaller printing businesses which do not have the capital to invest in the more costly incinerating equipment. Additionally, unlike the use of incinerators, water-based inks will not increase printers' carbon emissions, which could be taxed in the future to address concerns about global warming. Early trials suggest the total cost of print could be reduced up to 20 percent by switching from solvent-based to water-based ink. However, this could vary depending on a printer's individual circumstances."
Source: Ink World Magazine
Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Water & Ink Waste Reduction at F.C. Meyer Company
Abstract: A cardboard box manufacturer and printer has trained its employees in "good housekeeping" practices and significantly reduced ink wastes and wastewater generated when cleaning the printing presses.
Source: MA Office of Technical Assistance