Some printing ink components have the potential to impact the environment. These potentially include the use of bio-derived renewable raw materials, the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Read the the real story in the NAPIM Whitepaper on ink and the environment."
The NAPIM Bio/Renewable Content (BRC) program quantifies the use of bio/renewable resources in printing ink formulations.
BRC program participation requires the submission of information detailing the amount of bioderived component in an individual printing ink formulation.
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The use of metallic pigments in printing ink formulations is a frequent question asked of printing ink manufacturers. Due to health, safety and environmental concerns U.S. ink manufacturers discontinued the use of heavy metal-based pigments in inks more than 20+ years ago. Read the NAPIM Whitepaper on Metals in Ink .
NAPIM is a supporter of theSustainable Green Printing Partnership . The SPG mission is to encourage and promote participation in the worldwide movement to reduce environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the graphic communications industry. Learn more about sustainable printing.
NAPIM is a supporter of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) which establishes numerous standards applicable to inks and coatings.
The International Standards Organization (ISO) also establishes and maintains test standards applicable to inks and coatings. Search Test Methods .
Search the archive of technical presentations from the NPIRI Technical Conferences. Search all technical presentations from 2001 to the present.
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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 Read the NAPIM Whitepaper - A Realistic Appraisal of Soy Inks