All About Eco-Friendly Print Finishing
Print finishing that is sustainable!
The printing industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers, which means you’ll see new trends each year. One trend that’s always toward the top of each list, though, is sustainability. As the need to protect the environment continues to grow, printing service providers are always looking for eco-friendly ways to serve their customers. Here are a few things to look for as you request sustainable print finishing services.
Choose an Eco-Friendly Provider
Reducing your carbon footprint starts by finding a printer that has a commitment to environmentally-friendly business practices. Much of your eco savings will come from the equipment and processes used to print your items. When print finishers have the latest equipment, they can use the least energy possible to bring your projects to completion.
Request On-Screen Print Preview
Traditionally, printers created mockups of each print job to give customers an idea of how a finished project would look. You can avoid that extra print job by using a printer that offers on-screen approvals. This also allows you to request changes in real-time without having to wait around for another proof to come off the printer. Newer equipment also ensures the finished product matches what you see onscreen, reducing the risk of costly errors.
Start with the Right Paper
One of the best things you can do for the environment is to request a type of paper that’s environmentally-friendly. Recycled options have come a long way in recent years, with many types of paper looking and feeling better than their non-recycled alternatives. For each ton of recycled paper used, destructive gas emissions are reduced by one ton of carbon equivalent. It also drops water consumption by up to 7,000 gallons.
Ink manufacturers also realize the demand for eco-friendly solutions, and they’ve been hard at work coming up with green solutions. Instead of using petroleum, today’s inks are vegetable or water-based, but some inks eliminate water altogether to keep water consumption at a minimum. Ask your print finisher what options are available for your print jobs to further reduce your environmental impact.
Use UV Varnishes
UV technology allows print finishers to replace varnishes and laminates, which have long been known as pollutants. In addition to eliminating those pollutants, a switch to UV varnishes means your print finisher will use less energy in the printing process. UV coatings are also less flammable, making it a safer alternative. Best of all, UV coatings can provide a high-quality texture and appearance, which lets you take your print jobs to the next level.
Embossing Plus is committed to eco-friendly print finishing. Our JETvarnish 3D Evolution printing press offers SPOT UV, onscreen print job approval, and efficient production, among other innovations, giving you a competitive edge as you source print jobs. We also feature eco-friendly inks and paper to help you keep your commitment to go green. Contact us today to find out how we can create environmentally-friendly print finishes that get results for your business.