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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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