This tip is part of our weekly series of green printing tips, where we bring you information on green printing in collaboration with Greg Barber, an experienced eco-friendly printer.

Green Printing Tip No. 6: Is Spot Color printing environmentally friendly?

Yes. Custom Pantone®, Spot Color Printing, uses significantly less paper, ink, solvents, and energy, compared to normal four color offset printing. We use vegetable based inks, consisting of Soya, Chinawood and Linseed, which are all renewable products.

Our inks are manufactured locally, without lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium compounds.

While many printing jobs ar e created in CMYK (4 colors), many traditional clients want their specific corpo rate pantone color(s). Many of our clients feel that offset printing is better than digital and would never change.

Offset printing leaves a flater color, or no extra shine, than digital printing. That is important to many clients. Offset printing is easier to keep consistent, run to run, as we keep the pantone ink for each client. So, we feel our offset department will continue to be busy, and environmental.

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