Sign & Digital Graphics

March '20

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1 4 • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S by the AZEK company including their TimberTech deck boards. Duffy adds that if they're not already doing it, sign shops should consult with their local distributor partners to ensure the scrap that is being returned is directed to a responsible recycler, and that they're not paying for haul-away to a landfill. Eco-Friendly Inks One printing business that is offer- ing a plethora of sustainable solutions for their clients is Burbank, California-based or GotPrint. Erina Sookiasian, marketing man- ager at says that some trends they have been seeing in the print industry lately are companies using eco- friendly inks, offering a variety of recy- cled products and providing customers with different ways to recycle products. "In our case, we rely on our vendors to supply us with quality recycled prod- ucts. We've also noticed that even though recycled products are being offered much more, they are not necessarily being advertised as such," she explains. Sookiasian also says that one way companies can fabricate eco-friendly signs is by attempting to re-use the wasted materials from previous sign jobs to produce other products. "As businesses and consumers are becoming aware of the realities of global warming, the more likely they are to be inclined to purchase high-quality products that are recycled once or twice over." She points out that one of their goals as a printing company is to decrease the footprint they leave behind in the world. "We utilize soy inks rather than traditional petroleum based inks. Soy ink emits very low traces of volatile organic compounds, produces stunning colors, and makes the process of recycling paper easier. Because we use soy inks, the VOC emissions in all of our printing facilities across the U.S. are as low as practicable in accordance with California's strict stan- dards. As a company-wide effort, we also encourage our employees to reuse papers and materials when possible." Packaging samples created using bio-ink on Mutoh's 1627MH wide-format printer. Image courtesy of Mutoh America. The Mimaki UCJV300-160 printer offers LUS-170, a newly developed ink that is adaptive to its environment and can cure without the irradiation of short wavelength UV. Image courtesy of Mimaki USA. Image courtesy of Vycom Corp.

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