low-voc inks

Becoming a Greener Printer

Becoming a Greener Printer

Everything you ever wanted to know about Earth series inks. Going from regular printer ink to low-VOC ink can be tricky. You don't want to commit to an ink that is low quality, or that provides your customers with a different finished product than what they're used to. The good news is that after extensive testing in the area of low-VOC inks, Hotcards has found the perfect fit: Kohl & Madden Earth series inks. Earth series inks were design to be environmentally friendly, while still standing up to the high-pressure demands of sheetfed offset printing. The VOC levels in the Earth series inks are about 2% – that's approximately 60-80% lower than the VOC levels in standard ink products. Not too shabby! And Earth series inks do this while managing to set extremely well, with a high gloss, even when uncoated, AND they offer a nice wide water window. Our new inks also provide super high trap efficiency, dot fidelity, […]

Printing With Low-VOC Inks

Printing With Low-VOC Inks

Sounds great, but what does it mean? It's fun to brag about all the stuff we're doing around Hotcards to reduce our environmental footprint. Less fun is trying to figure out the meaning behind all the jargon. For example, we're always telling customers about how we print with low-VOC inks. Low-VOC inks are vegetable or soy-based, as opposed to oil/petroleum based. Already that's sounding pretty 'green,' but personally, I wanted some details. This is what I found out: VOC stands for 'Volatile Organic Compound.' Volatile organic compounds are chemical compounds that naturally possess enough vapor pressure to evaporate under normal conditions. You can often smell this kind of thing happening with paints, household cleaners, and gasoline. They're constantly evaporating, and as they do, they release stinky fumes into the air. Methane is also a VOC – one of the biggest, in fact. As it evaporates, the fumes created cause air pollution, smog and contribute significantly to global warming. But the […]

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