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Ink, solvents, developer and other chemicals – and now toner and dry ink – all leave a nasty impression of contamination and long-lasting detrimental environmental impact.

nexGen Grafix embraces environmental sustainability. We have a proven track record in this area, and are committed to not only using products and processes that minimize our impact on the environment, but also in recycling the packaging materials, metal plates, chemicals, excess paper and plastics we use. Plate processing chemistry is neutralized on-site before entering the municipal drainage system. Containers for such chemistry as well as other plastics are processed by a recycling firm. We use low VOC (volatile organic compound) vegetable-based inks. Ink residue is collected, and periodically disposed of by the appropriate third parties. We are always in tune with the latest recycling opportunities and keep up to date on any new initiatives that arise.

Recycling and safe disposal of byproducts is not the only approach to environmental sustainability. New technologies in imaging also introduce better production methods. For instance, the Kodak NexGlosser uses Kodak NexPress DryInk to produce a high-gloss finish, which is a far more environmentally friendly process than the equivalent UV coating or laminating. While other digital production presses may use toners which are environmentally very harmful (or even non-destructible), the dry inks used in the Kodak NexPress are fully recyclable.

Of course our raison-de-etre is to produce images on paper. This means that we go through a lot of paper,
FSC® Forest Stewardship Council
affecting a lot of trees from many forests worldwide. FSC® certification ensures that paper used in
certified products is made with respect for the environment. nexGen Grafix obtained Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification in 2008. FSC is an international organization that is dedicated to the promotion
of responsible forest management worldwide. In the printing and associated industries, participating paper mills, merchants and printers ensure environmentally responsible use of natural resources via chain-of-
custody documentation.

There are a great many FSC-certified papers available, and most are not necessarily more costly than those which are not certified. Consider FSC-certified paper for your next printing project!

 

Printing has long been considered a “dirty business”