Printing Ink and the Environment
Some printing ink components have the potential to impact the environment. These potentially include the use of bio-derived renewable raw materials, the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
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on ink and the environment.
Also read more about printing ink's effect on substrate compostability in the NAPIM Whitepaper on Printing Ink and Compostability
NAPIM BRC Program
The NAPIM Bio/Renewable Content (BRC) program quantifies the use of bio/renewable resources in printing ink formulations.
BRC program participation requires the submission of information detailing the amount of bioderived component in an individual printing ink formulation.
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Heavy Metals and Ink
The use of metallic pigments in printing ink formulations is a frequent question asked of printing ink manufacturers. Due to health, safety and environmental concerns U.S. ink manufacturers discontinued the use of heavy metal-based pigments in inks more than 20+ years ago.
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Sustainable Green Printers
NAPIM is a supporter of theSustainable Green Printing Partnership . The SPG mission is to encourage and promote participation in the worldwide movement to reduce environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the graphic communications industry. Learn more about sustainable printing.
Industry Test Methods
NAPIM is a supporter of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) which establishes numerous standards applicable to inks and coatings.
The International Standards Organization (ISO) also establishes and maintains test standards applicable to inks and coatings.
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Printing with inks formulated with soybean oils as a replacement for petroleum based oils is one of a number of approaches aimed at
reducing the environmental impact of printed products Read
NAPIM Whitepaper - A Realistic Appraisal of Soy Inks