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Cleaner Consumables

Apr 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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Durable signage

The HP Designjet L65500 Printer with Latex Inks help printers provide more ecologically-considerate, wide-format graphics printing options to their customers. Stella Color (, a sign shop in Seattle, WA, recently installed the new HP Designjet L65500 Printer with HP Latex Inks. President Lynn Krinsky says, “We are trying to put an emphasis on being good citizens of the environment and the world, which means you need to be ecofriendly where you can be.” Stella Color runs a fleet including three HP Designjets and Mimakis — water-based and dye sublimation — as well as a UV flatbed. The all-digital shop provides general signage, from vehicle wraps to trade show banners to cut vinyl. “I was drawn to [the HP Designjet L65500] because of its ecofriendly inks, and then saw it at the [SGIA] show and saw how beautifully it printed,” says Krinsky. “The [HP Latex] inks are incredibly durable and very vibrant. And they're suitable for a lot of applications.”

HP's Planet Partners program, a free recycling service open to U.S. customers, allows users to return large-format banners and flags. See
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New HP inkjet paper

New HP (Palo Alto, CA) Recycled Bond Paper is chlorine-free and produced with 100% recycled base paper from post-consumer waste. HP Recycled Bond Paper helps HP Designjet users comply with environmental policies set by their organizations and clients and offers high-quality, trouble-free performance at a competitive price. As HP's first wide-format recycled bond paper, it achieves a natural white finish without optical brightening agents. The paper is optimized for HP Designjet T series printers using HP Vivera inks and HP Designjet 4500 series printers using Original HP dye- and pigment-based inks.

Gans certifies sustainable printers

Five printers in Southern California have achieved recognition from Gans Ink & Supply Co. (Los Angeles) as Gold Tier Eco-Sure! qualified printers. Gans developed the program to provide printers with a verifiable source of sustainably formulated inks and environmentally less invasive low volatility pressroom chemicals and solvents.

The Gold Tier Eco-Sure! printers are: Marina Graphic Center Inc.; Pacific Printing & Packaging; Prime Line Products; Universal Forms, Labels & Systems; and CR Print. See
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Cleaner pressroom chemistry

Since 1989, Genesis has produced sustainable pressroom chemistry, including washes, fountain solutions, metering and chrome roller cleaning products and specialty chemistry. Industries such as book manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceutical and food packaging utilize Genesis products to print and package consumer goods, and the products meet state, federal and international requirements for health and environment. They do not contain petroleum distillates or other dangerous chemicals that generate significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants or waste streams classified as hazardous. See
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New FSC certification

FiberMark (Brattleboro, VT) is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified, ensuring its customers that the papers they are choosing are made from trees harvested according to strict environmental standards and forest management practices. The majority of FiberMark's papers are made from renewable wood fiber, and all are elemental and process chlorine free. Many of FiberMark's cover stocks also have a high percentage of recycled and PCW content. Recently, the company unveiled a line of high-quality environmentally friendly cover & packaging papers, branded Eviva, to provide designers with even more choices for responsible design. See
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Saving fountain solution, paper and time

FloClear (Dallas) recirculates fountain solution through multistage filtration that separates contaminants and extends fountain solution life by six months or more. An expanded range of models includes:


For presses with individual circulator tanks for each color unit or smaller presses.


For halfsize sheetfed presses with central circulator running 8 to 16 hrs./day, 5 days/week.


For high-volume sheetfed presses with central circulators running 24/7. It can serve as many as 24 units being served by one central circulator as well as low-volume smaller web presses.


Cabinet version of D-06 for high-volume sheetfed presses with central circulators.

Model CW-06

Cabinet version of D-06 with high load cartridges for smaller web applications.

Model D-07

For high-load, sheetfed presses or high-volume web presses with central circulators running 24/7.

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‘Green’ knowledge website

Graphic arts distributor Unisource Worldwide, Inc. (Norcross, GA) has relaunched Printers can join for Unisource's database of ecofriendly print providers, available to paper specifiers via the search tool. See
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New recycled digital paper

Finch Paper (Glens Falls, NY) introduces new Finch Casa Opaque Digital, a recycled digital paper boasting 30% post-consumer fiber and FSC certification. The smooth, uncoated paper is available in 60, 70, and 80 lb. text and 80 lb. cover. Finch Casa Opaque, stocked for both offset and digital presses, is made in the USA with 30% post-consumer fiber. See
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VOC-free ink

Van Son Printing Inks USA (Islandia, NY) new Vs ZERO 100% VOC Free Process Series ink is formulated for high intensity, outstanding gloss and high rub resistance, as well as high print contrast, sharp dots and high water tolerance. The Vs ZERO Series is suitable for straight presses and and 4/4 perfectors. Vs ZERO also complies with GraCol 7 and DIN ISO 2846-1, offering optimal preconditions to achieve the demands of DIN ISO 12647-2 compliance. Vs ZERO is 100% VOC free with zero petroleum solvents or mineral oils. See
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Expanded 100% recycled line

Mohawk (Cohoes, NY) has been making high-quality recycled papers since the introduction of Mohawk 50/10, the very first post-consumer recycled coated paper on the market. Mohawk has since claimed bragging rights as the first U.S. mill to offer advancements in the supply of environmental papers, the first to manufacture with windpower, the first to make premium uncoated papers carbon neutral and the first to be certified by Green Seal.

With the addition of the newly purchased SMART brands, Mohawk reportedly offers the most extensive collection of high-quality premium 100% recycled papers in the industry. Mohawk's 100% recycled papers are available in a wide range of finishes, shades, weights and sheet sizes. All are FSC certified and many are Green Seal certified and made carbon neutral. Mohawk offers 52 choices of 100% postconsumer waste papers. For details, see
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Ecofriendly ink

Superior Printing Ink's (Teterboro, NJ) Biolocity reportedly delivers high-quality lithographic performance, running efficiency, and print quality with extremely low levels of VOCs. The formulations have 23% or more vegetable oil content and over 60% bioderived, renewable raw material content. Biolocity conforms to ISO 2846-1 color standards for printers who run to ISO 12647-2 and G7 specifications in the pressroom. Beta testers report running the inks successfully at 18,000 iph without misting or slinging, as well as bindery finishing in less than 2 hours.
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Eco update

INX Intl. (Schaumburg, IL) environmentally friendly inks include formulations with sustainable raw materials such as linseed, soybean and other vegetable oils. INX conventional offset and energy-curable inks qualify for the Amercian Soy Seal with at least 20% and 7% soy oil respectively. The company offers energy-curable UV inks formulated without VOC solvents, flexographic inks that are water based and low-VOC, and low-temp heatset inks to reduce energy usage. See
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‘Greener’ proofing paper

Chromaticity's (Grand Rapids, MI) Validation line of premium inkjet contract proofing paper has two new lines: Validation SG3 and Validation PS Publication. Designed specifically for SWOP grade 3 proofing, they have a paper base and are 100 percent compatible with current inkjet proofers. Validation SG3 offers the look and feel of an actual offset press stock, while demonstrating sufficient gamut to accurately proof commercial, publication and packaging print. Validation PS Publication is a competitively priced premium proofing media for use with all aqueous inkjet printers. This media uses an actual publication press stock with a microporous inkjet coating. These substrates are recyclable and bio-degradable using 37 percent less raw material than comparable proofing media. See
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Coated post-consumer papers

All of Sappi Fine Paper North America's (Boston) coated papers can be manufactured with at least 10% post-consumer waste fiber. In addition, Sappi offers 30% PCW fiber in the Lustro Offset Environmental (LOE) and Opus sheet and web products. See
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New ecofriendly specialty papers

CTI Paper USA (Sun Prairie, WI) has elevated its Aspire Petallics brand of metallic/pearlescent papers with the addition of a classic Linen finish and innovative new Digital papers designed for digital. Also new to the line is an 86-lb. cover weight in the popular Beargrass (white) color. Aspire Petallics is Green-e certified, manufactured carton neutral and offers 30% post-consumer waste recycled items. The Pearl color also is SFI-certified. See
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Earth-friendly choice

Domtar's (Montreal) EarthChoice line includes paper for corporate identity materials, business and office applications, digital printing, direct mail, transaction printing, converting, publishing and unique specialty applications. The premier member of the EarthChoice family of papers is Cougar premium uncoated with 10% post-consumer recycled content. Other EarthChoice brands such as Lynx Opaque, First Choice, HOTS and EarthChoice Office Paper also are FSC-certified, endorsed by Rainforest Alliance and supported by WWF-Canada. EarthChoice offers optimal brightness, sheet formation, ink holdout, longevity and runnability. See
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Domtar joins Chicago Climate Exchange

Domtar has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), voluntarily committing to achieve an absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of 6% below its 2000 emission levels. This latest initiative supports the company's previous efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by having decreased its use of fossil fuels by over 21% for the 2002-2007 period, by reducing its GHG emissions by 21.6% for the same period, and by using approximately 79% renewable energy in its facilities. CCX is North America's only active voluntary, legally binding cap-and-trade system aimed at the registry and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with offset projects worldwide. CCX members commit to meeting annual GHG emission reduction targets and are issued a given number of allowances in accordance with these targets. If they reduce below the targets, they have surplus allowances to either bank for the future or trade to other companies through CCX. Those who emit above their targets can still comply with the program by purchasing additional allowances from the CCX. The number of allowances therefore, remains stable as some companies sell or purchase allowances as needed.

Mill, converter team on sustainable paper

Boise Inc. (Boise, ID) and converter South Coast Paper (Maplesville, AL) announce the introduction of Aspen Diverse Earth premium recycled office paper, a Minority Business Enterprise and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified product line. The paper offers the performance customers expect from premium office paper combined with a practical solution to meet their environmental and supplier diversity goals. ASPEN Diverse Earth is available in 30%, 50% and 100% post-consumer content. See
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Monadnock is now FSC certified

Monadnock Paper Mills' (Bennington, NH) entire lineup of Graphic Arts Printing and Packaging Papers and Boards is now Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified.

“In addition to products that are Manufactured Carbon Neutral with 100 percent Renewable Electricity, designers and brand owners can now select papers certified by the most comprehensive chain-of-custody system for sustainable forestry in the world,” says Richard Verney, chairman and CEO.

The papers are highlighted in a new swatchbook detailing Monadnock's FSC fine printing grades Astrolite, Astrolite PC 100, Dulcet and Caress, as well as Duraprint, Durascent and Envi packaging papers and boards.

Astrolite | a brilliant white uncoated paper with superior formation and surface uniformity. Offered in smooth, toothy vellum, and ultra-smooth silk finish, it has high opacity to minimize show-through. Its dimensional stability ensures consistent registration and on-press performance.

Astrolite PC 100 | made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled fiber in a smooth finish with a minimum of fibers, flecks and blemishes.

Dulcet | a neutral white premium paper that is color balanced for highly accurate color reproduction, particularly in flesh tones. Dulcet meets ANSI standards for longevity.

Caress | is a mellow white paper with a muted tone that adds richness and warmth to colors and accentuates sepia tones.

Duraprint 7 | is a durable cover stock perfect for turned-edge applications. The strong yet pliable cover material holds up to the rigors of demanding folding applications.

Durascent | scent blotter stocks retain and impart accurate scent. They are specially formulated to enhance scent absorption, retention, fidelity and “throw.”

Envi | the line includes recycled 18-pt. folding box board, recycled shopping bag stock, recycled thermal tag and ticket stocks, and recycled label stock for wine labels and similar applications.

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The new royal color is green

Recently rebranded from Royal Silkplus, Wausau Paper's (Mosinee, WI) Royal Resource is an environmentally friendly addition to the company's Royal brand of premium writing, text and cover papers. Royal Resource offers more sustainable papers in the colors, weights and textures most in demand, while maintaining Royal's high performance and affordable luxury qualities. The line includes a new 100% recycled post-consumer fiber sheet in white. Additionally, all Royal papers are Forest Stewardship Council certified; and nearly all Royal Resource grades are also Green Seal certified and contain at least 30 percent recycled post-consumer fiber.

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