Ten Eco-Friendly Printing and Design Tips
May 11 2017
- Consider eco-friendly design elements when designing your printed materials.
- Choose finished sizes for your printed materials that make the most efficient use of standard paper sizes. While bleeds (ink “bleeding: off the edge of the printed piece) may look nice they often increase the paper waste stream as larger sheet sizes are needed to produce the bleed effect.
- Minimize ink coverage by eliminating full bleeds or large solid ink areas if possible. Using less ink often means saving press time, paper and money.
- Print on recycled paper containing a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste.
- Use chlorine free papers when possible. Ask your printer what they are using to be sure.
- Request soy/vegetable based inks for offset printing or low VOC toner when printing digitally. Petroleum based inks contain carcinogens known to cause cancer.
- Avoid the use of metallic or fluorescent inks as these inks contain more harmful elements in the pigments including in some cases, heavy metals, barium, copper and zinc.
- Minimize page count for printed proceedings, handouts or event handbooks by placing presentation slides 3-up, 4-up or even 6-up per page and by printing on both sides of the sheet.
- Print on the lightest weight paper possible.
- Print only what you need. Consider a print on demand option if needed.