Benton City, WA (PRWEB) July 25, 2014
When presented with printing a label, first the designer should ask if the label printer uses renewable energy or utilize other sustainable solutions. This can greatly reduce the environmental footprint of a label printer, like Rippedsheets.com in Tricities, WA.
For a printed label there are steps one can take to reduce the environmental footprint. The following are helpful when making these decisions:
Working with local vendors
Doing business with nearby vendors helps support the local economy and reduces ozone-depleting emissions from shipping. Hire printers less than 100 miles of final destination to limit transportation carbon footprint.
Rippedsheets.com is located less than 100 miles from the Tricities, Prosser, Yakima, Wenatchee, and Walla Walla, WA as well as from Pendleton, Boardman and Hermiston, OR.
Ask Rippedsheets.com to optimize the label size for the size of the press sheet and/or web to minimize waste that utilizes more resources than prudent.
Labels made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper is best. This is made with paper from recycling programs, which reduces paper headed to landfills and eliminates the need for cutting trees. Each ton of 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that replaces a ton of virgin fiber saves between 12 and 24 trees. Ask Rippedsheets.com about 100% recycled paper labels.
Ask Rippedsheets.com for labels that comply with the Stewardship Council (FSC), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) for children, California Proposition 65.
Poly label considerations
Poly labels can contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Therefore, EU safety compliant poly labels are the most eco-friendly option available.
Rippedsheets has RoHS, WEEE, CONEG, and REACH which reduce heavy metals in label products to make the media safe.
Also Rippedsheets.com has US Consumer Protection Child Safety Law under 12 years old verified poly labels.
Electronic files are accepted in order to reduce materials use (non-reusable media) and fuel in transporting. Rippedsheets.com also has a formal waste reduction policy and tracks their waste. They also have a formal eco-preferable purchasing policy in operation. RoHS and REACH compliant digital printing toners are used for print jobs.
Other Inks and coatings
Rippedsheets.com uses water based Flexo inks and aqueous coatings which contain less VOCs and IPA solvents than traditional petroleum-based inks. Vegetable-based inks are also easier to clean up and to de-ink, which makes the printed product easier to recycle. Label printing presses are cleaned with water-based cleaners and low VOC cleaners.
Minimizing ink coverage is another step to creating a more eco-friendly piece. This reduces label media used and avoiding full bleeds reduces ink and media use as well.
Rippedsheets.com uses Water-based aqueous coatings are the most environmentally-friendly option for a protective layer.
Rippedsheets.com uses recycled packaging materials and packages are packed to fill the container to reduce its shipping volume with the carrier. Better packed shipping cartons reduce freight costs beginning in 2015.
For more information about sustainable printing, or for any label need, visit the website or call the customer service specialists at 1-888-791-9590.