Exploring Effective Ways of Green Printing to Reduce Harmful Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions
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Soy ink
Sustainable printing
Environmental impact
Soy methyl ester
Green innovation



Submitted : 2024-01-26
Accepted : 2024-02-10
Published : 2024-02-25


This paper delves into the transformative shift in the printing industry from traditional petroleum-based inks to sustainable alternatives, focusing on soy ink. Initially, it examines the environmental and health hazards associated with conventional printing, highlighting the detrimental impact of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic substances in inks. The emergence of soy ink as an eco-friendly solution is then explored. Derived from soybeans, soy ink significantly reduces the release of harmful VOCs and enhances the recyclability of printed materials. The paper discusses not only the environmental benefits of soy ink but also its operational and economic advantages, such as improved deinking capabilities and waste reduction. A notable development in soy ink technology is the use of soy methyl ester, which addresses the challenges of slow drying and penetration associated with traditional inks. The paper concludes by emphasizing the need for continued innovation in sustainable practices within the printing industry, positioning soy ink as a key player in aligning economic goals with environmental responsibility. The shift to soy-based inks exemplifies a broader trend towards sustainability, pivotal for the future health of the planet.


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