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Update on Soy Inks
Printing with inks formulated with soybean oils as a replacement for petroleum based oils is one of a number of approaches aimed at reducing the environmental impact of printed products. Generally, this objective can be accomplished by reducing air pollutant emissions (volatile organic compounds or VOC’s), using raw materials based on renewable resources and minimizing the impact of the entire life cycle of the ink from the production of the raw materials through the disposal or recycling of the finished printed product. This report details how the choice of oils, whether it be petroleum or naturally sourced, will address each of these factors.