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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)
Anilox Cleaning Systems: Preserving Roll Life [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Stan Seelig, this article describes alternative cleaning systems for anilox rolls. These alternatives will extend roll life, and are also more environmentally friendly. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: FLEXO Magazine
Case Study: Reducing VOCs in Flexography
Abstract: Highlights the experience of Highland Supply Corporation (HSC), a wide-web flexographic printer, which successfully reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and hazardous waste at its Highland, IL facilities by switching inks.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for Environment
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
Pennsylvania: Dopaco, Inc. Case Study [PDF]
Abstract: Dopaco, Inc. supplies printed and formed paperboard cartons and cups to the fast food industry. The printing is done using either rotogravure printing presses with water-based or solvent-based inks or flexographic printing presses with water-based inks. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: PA Department of Environmental Protection
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
Small Business Waste Reduction Guide: Printing & Laminating Case Study #1 [PDF]
Abstract: C & H Packaging in Merrill, WI reduced VOC emissions by converting from VOC-based materials and technology to water-based materials and technology.
Solvent Elimination by Off Press Cleaning with CO2
Abstract: This case study describes how a flexographic packaging printer eliminated the use of solvents in cleaning removable press components by switching to carbon dioxide blasting.
Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Assistance Division
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
Use of Plastic Blast Media to Clean Press Parts
Abstract: Written by Dale Patterson, this article describes how Alliance Packing of Sacramento, CA switched to plastic blast media to clean ink pumps, pans and other press components, resulting in both environmental and monetary benefits.
Source: PNEAC/FLEXO Magazine
Water-Based Adhesives: Solventless Lamination Reduces Flexible Packaging VOCs [PDF]
Abstract: Peter Voss describes the ongoing switch in the flexible film & paper laminating industry from solvent-based adhesives to new water-based polyurethane adhesives and acrylic emulsions for dry-bond laminating, resulting in reduced VOC emissions.
Source: FLEXO Magazine