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Formulating Inks to Minimize Environmental Impact
This document addresses printing ink compositional factors that have the potential to help minimize their impact on the environment. This includes the use of bio-derived renewable raw materials, the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), presence of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), heavy metal content, and toxic/carcinogenic ingredients. In addition, printing ink manufacturers must take these environmental factors into account, while also providing a product that meets both the performance expectations on the printing press and the end use requirements of the printed product.