Does Your Inkjet Printer Use the Ink is Eco-friendly Ink?

When you want to buy the digital printing ink, you must think of the ink if bad for the environment. So, now let's talk about the question.

When it comes to digital printing and the environment, things can get “messy.” Consumers demand vibrant colors that will withstand washing, light exposure and crocking. Manufacturers respond with the development of inks and color fixation techniques that deliver the desired results. Unfortunately, brilliant colors and wash fastness are often achieved with great damage to the environment and the health of those who use them.

There is a misconception that ink is harmless, however ink can be hazardous and can cause headaches, skin rashes and damage to the nervous system. Many chemicals used in inks can be dangerous to the environment, the ozone layer and ground water.

Consumers are becoming more aware of the effects that everyday chemicals have on the environment and their own health. Governments are responding by tightening regulations and forcing industries to adopt sustainable and eco-friendly practices. It’s no wonder that more and more printers find themselves reviewing their processes and looking for ways to be better stewards of the environment and their health, while maintaining the quality and performance that their customers demand.

There are different shades of “green,” from environmentally friendly, with reduced pollution levels compared to the standard product, to environmentally safe or neutral, with no negative effect on the environment. True environmentally sound programs should look at the whole production cycle of a printed product and the various components that go into it. So, in addition to the chemistry of the inks, we should look at the power consumption of the equipment, as well as the waste and byproducts generated by the use of those products.

From the chemicals used in the ink base to the colorants and the equipment or processes needed to dry, cure or dispose of them, there are many factors to consider when choosing the right ink. The chemistry of the ink is certainly important, as many inks, such as solvent-based inks, emit high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Most UV inks and new latex-based inks don’t emit any VOCs, but they require a lot of power to cure them and optimize their properties.

The chemistry of the coatings applied on textiles for direct printing is another area often overlooked but connected to the type of inks used, as they can contain substances such as formaldehyde.

To determine the most eco-friendly ink, ask yourself and your suppliers these four basic questions:

  • How many and what kind of VOCs are emitted by the ink?
  • Are there any heavy metals in the formulation?
  • How much energy will I need to cure the ink or scrub the air of the pollutants emitted by the process?
  • The answers to these questions will assist you in determining an ink’s level of “eco-friendliness” compared to other inks.

If you want to know the answer, welcome to contact Skyimage. We are Chinese sublimation paper manuifacturer, also dealer of sublimation ink, printer and heat press, etc. If you have any other needs or questions about ink and paper, welcome to contact us at any time. We will provide you the best quality product and service. Hope my article can be useful to you. Thank you for your reading.

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