The Environmental impact of printing
The impact of printing on the environment is often overlooked by even the more environmentally aware businesses and organisations. It's not just a matter of using recycled paper: from electricity usage to harmful chemicals, there are many ways the printing industry affects the environment. And yet, printing has the lowest take-up of environmental policies of any major industry.
At Oxford GreenPrint we do most of our printing on a Riso printer, which has several environmental advantages:
- Inks: Riso inks are soy-based and therefore healthier to both the environment and the workers.
- Electricity usage: a Riso printer uses 95-98% less electricity compared to a digital one.
- Waste cartridges: unlike toner cartridges, which are carcinogenic, carrtridges for vegetable based inks can be changed without health implications.
- Paper: we use only post consumer waste recycled paper. We also do not use glossy paper, which has further adverse affects on the environment.