Offset printing uses vegetable-based inks, which are safer than traditional inks. This eliminates the need for solvents and the production of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful toxins. In addition, environmentally friendly offset printing equipment is easier to clean. Less solvents are used which means fewer VOCs are released into the air. This can also help reduce the obsolescence of printed products.
VOCS, or volatile organic compounds, are emitted during the screen printing process. Screen printing involves the use of solvents, most of which are petroleum-derived. Some of these chemicals, like toluene, contribute to ozone depletion and have been linked to birth defects in animals. However, most of these solvents are not hazardous, and can be safely left in screens containers for long periods of time.
Planned obsolescence has been a problem in the printing industry for years. Previously, equipment had a certain number of prints before it would stop working. Users had to decide whether to buy a new printer or repair it themselves. Neither option was good for the environment, nor was it economically sound. Now, new technologies are helping businesses reduce obsolescence and increase profitability. However, there is one problem that still exists: the cost of obsolescence.
Reducing the amount of solvent released by the offset printing process is an important issue for the printing industry. This process produces high levels of air pollution, and it is not without its health hazards. Studies have shown that the amount of TVOC is particularly high in offset printing, which is a major source of VOCs. Reducing the amount of solvent released by offset printing is an important step toward protecting the health of offset printing workers.