A lot of emphases is being laid on introducing eco-friendly measures in various sectors. Curbing pollution, controlling effluent release, reducing wastage …all means to ensure minimal harm to the environment are either being enforced or voluntarily adopted. So can the printing sector adopt eco-friendly measures? Read on to know more!

Paper:
If you think recycled paper is the option here, it’s a big no. That’s because a lot of chemicals go into the recycling process of the used paper and this doesn’t make it environment-friendly in any sense. The way out here is the usage of paper that has been sourced from sustainable tree plantations, recyclable fibres and other alternative sources. Introducing usage if these papers will help you contribute in a better way towards the environment.

Energy consumption:

You can opt for renewable sources of energy to power all your machinery. A lot of printing agencies are now choosing for solar and wind energy to run their machines. Of course, you can keep electric power as a backup option to keep your machines running, but the majority of the power can be generated using renewable energy sources. This will not only help you cut down on power bills but also help you do your bit towards the environment.

Biodegradable ink:

A new range of biodegradable inks based on vegetable oils has come up in the market. Natural, organic elements also do the pigmentation of these inks. Using chemical ink may be affordable, but the adverse effects it has on the environment are immense. You can opt for these biodegradable inks which have a similar outcome as the chemical inks. And yes, they also come in the same colours as the chemical inks. So swap these and make an eco-friendly choice by using the bio-ink.

Minimise wastages:

You have to introduce and adopt systems in your agency that help you in minimising wastage in any form. You can implement “Print on demand” and start the printing procedure only when you get the order confirmation. This will give you three-fold benefit – saves energy, saves paper and saves ink. You sure don’t want to waste the three primary materials on which your business thrives. So make sure you adopt measures which will reduce your wastage, save your money and at the same time save the environment.

You can also make sure you let your customers know about your efforts as an organisation towards the environment – many people these days look out for organisations which use eco-friendly ways and means to contribute towards the environment. This works as a win-win situation for both you and the environment!