Ten Eco-Friendly Printing and Design Tips May 11 2017

  1. Consider eco-friendly design elements when designing your printed materials.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Print on recycled paper containing a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste.
  5. Use chlorine free papers when possible. Ask your printer what they are using to be sure.
  6. Request soy/vegetable based inks for offset printing or low VOC toner when printing digitally. Petroleum based inks contain carcinogens known to cause cancer.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Print on the lightest weight paper possible.
  10. Print only what you need. Consider a print on demand option if needed.