The ecological inks, another option for the environment

The advances to reduce the effects of global warming know no limits. And one of the latest trends in terms of conservation is closely linked to the use of ecological inks.

The graphic industry has set its sights on innovations related to caring for nature with great interest. In fact, according to the study ‘The future of ecological inks: Market forecasts for 2014’ it was already estimated that the international market for these ‘green’ variants would reach a turnover of almost € 7.2 billion in 2014, with a weighted average growth rate of 4.5% between 2009 and 2014.

But what differentiates organic vats from normal vats? The inks considered ecological are made based on renewable raw materials and organic origin. And they have the minimum possible amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC).

In this sense, many inks can be considered ecological: aqueous, water-based, energy-drying, ultraviolet (UV) drying and those from pastes. The role of ink has gained increasing value among packaging manufacturers and manufacturing companies, in order to deal with issues and recycling problems.

Despite these new developments, issues such as the indiscriminate use of paper and excessive energy consumption, which are also related to the printing industry, are still pending.