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Waterless Printing and the Environment

Environmental Breakthroughs

Clean air. A clean, adequate water supply. Forest conservation. Safe working conditions. These environmental goals are universal, though the degree of concern may vary from country to country.

Waterless printers worldwide are winning national and international environmental awards in recognition of their environmental standards, and many have received ISO 14001 certification for their environmental management programs.

Water Conservation

Waterless printers have recorded dramatic conservation of our water resources. A printer in Switzerland, operating one of the world's first waterless web presses, eliminated the use of approximately 250,000 liters (about 66,000 gallons) of water in one year. That water would normally have come from a nearby lake, which is a source of drinking water for tens of thousands of people.

Forest Conservation

It takes 17 pulpwood market-size trees to make a ton (907 kg) of paper—barely enough to provide a daily newspaper to 20 people for a year.

Because presses running waterless come up to color and register so much faster, and hold those consistently throughout the press run, paper savings of 30 percent to 40 percent have been reported. In addition to saving trees, that also represents a significant manufacturing, energy and paper cost savings.

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