Digital Delivers Environmental Benefits
Digital printing offers a number of environmental benefits such as no plate materials or platemaking equipment, solvents, chemicals or energy intensive UV-curing systems (which can account for up to 55% of press energy cost).
“Print only what you need, when you need it, where you need it”
Because printing on demand and printing exact quantities is suited to the digital process, inventory waste is minimised and the process waste issues associated with press-set-up, mis-register or colour variation are eliminated. Less waste produced means less waste to dispose of.
The waste stream of an analogue press requires discarding print tools and hundreds of feet of waste during SKU change-overs. This compares to just a few feet of scrap in a digital operation (given the right operational functionality).
But the big story in inventory reduction is the obsolescent stock and remnant materials that either needs to be recycled or sent to landfill or incineration. Remnant costs at the end-of-product-life can be dramatically reduced, and at times these can be as high as 30 percent of total packaging spend.
The HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press has received the Green Leaf Mark from Intertek, one of the world’s leading independent certification and testing companies. It also supports many eco-certified substrates as well as environmentally friendly primers, varnishes and adhesives.
Thinner constructions that reduce the amount of material used and substrates that incorporate post-consumer waste are now available.
Digital printing does not use solvent in the printing process.
If you would like advice on how digital printing can help you reduce waste in your supply chain please click here
Amberley is currently working towards ISO14001 environmental accreditation.