Q: What exactly IS green printing?
A: Green printing is simple – it requires no special machines but a LOT of extra effort on our part.
We incorporate the basic ideas of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE into our daily work.
For instance, we convert customised services into standardised products, thus ensuring
more efficient printing and less waste in the future. Similarly, we encourage clients like you to use
eco-friendly products and materials (such as those that use FSC-certified recycled or afforested paper). We mostly use soy-based ink in meeting your print solutions, as well.
Q: How does green printing compare to the quality of traditional printing?
A: There are acceptable differences, but they vary in terms of processes used and not on
the quality of the end-product. Soy-based inks can give bright prints like mineral-based ones.
Alternative paper does the job just as well as products from virgin pulp.
Calendering can give a high sheen without using polyethylene (plastics).
Q: What is the difference between “recycled” and “afforested” paper?
A: Recycled paper is very common nowadays. It makes use of recovered waste paper –
such as mill broke, pre- and post-consumer wastes – to be remade into new paper products.
On the other hand, afforested paper involves the use of pulp from cultivated trees. These trees are harvested from sustainable forests instead of cutting from virgin forests and other illegal sources.
Q: Is there a greener alternative for plastic laminates?
A: Yes, there is! Chin Long Printing recommends a process called calendering. It involves the use of heat and pressure to make paper shiny without using polyethylene substances or varnishes.
The process does not consume as much heat as ultraviolet curing, and significantly lowers
the use of highly-toxic substances that contribute to global warming.
Q: What are the benefits of green printing?
A: Green printing consumes less resources in the process itself, meaning:
• fewer trees are cut,
• less fuel and energy is required for processing, and
• less toxins are used and emitted into the atmosphere
Localised print service is also considered a “green” process. For instance, our European clients actually save on cost and energy for transportation by engaging our services for Asia-wide production & distribution. That’s less carbon footprints left behind: it makes better sense to produce and distribute within the region, rather than import paper from Asia, print it in Europe, then send the finished product back to Asia again.
Less costs incurred, less natural resources used, less greenhouse gases emitted, less effort wasted – it’s a win-win situation whichever way you look at it, both for the client and the environment!
Q: Is green printing expensive?
A: Not necessarily. Ultimately, the total cost will depend on your choices,
such as the type of paper or size used.
Chin Long Printing offers a range of packages that provide economically-priced alternatives, and we will be more than glad to advise you on the best type of material or
size for your printing requirements.
Q: How do I request for a quote on green printing?
A: Rest assured that our sales team will always put forward green solutions for your printing needs.
You don’t need to specify it in your request. Nonetheless, if you prefer conventional methods,
we will still be happy to serve you.
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