Our business works because we’re as efficient as possible. We use as few resources as we can. Fewer resources mean less waste. But we’re never content…
Environment & Us
Caring for the Environment is Fundamental to Everything We Do
All our processes are constantly refined to ensure that we minimize waste. What waste we do produce, we separate into seventeen distinct streams for easy recycling or reprocessing. We compact all of our waste paper to minimize transportation, prior to being recycled. Our printing plates are recycled and our used chemicals are disposed of responsibly. We use vegetable-based inks (such as soy ink), pumped straight from large drums, rather than smaller cartridges in wasteful packaging. And talking of packaging, we’ve drastically reduced the volume of waste we pass onto you too. All of our cartons are produced from unbleached board.
We’re giving you even more choice to do your bit for the environment too. We’ve introduced many new recycled paper materials thats environmental friendly and some are made from 100% recycled paper. All pulp is sourced from from well managed forests, where trees are farmed as crops – just like wheat. Plus we’ve increased the amount of recycled and FSC approved papers we use. Where possible, the rest of our paper stock is made from wood pulp which is Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) etc. What’s more, every recycled product’s order you place will contributes to our great big goal of planting 500 trees to save the Environment.
If you think there’s anything else we should be doing to act responsibly, just drop a message.
Frequent Ask Questions
Be a Tree Hugger, Not a Tree Cutter
Will advance in electronic media ever create a world without paper?
We’re not sure, but it seems that technological advances have increased the world’s need for paper. So as long as people need Books, magazine, newspaper, brochures and other printed materials, we’ll be
Is the recycle printing at Wolfidea Press cost higher than standard products?
The production processes involved in creating recycled paper mean that these products do cost more. The products we offer are similar to organic vegetables or even hybrid cars – they cost a bit more but buying them to reduce your impact on the earth helps to create a healthier planet. Over time, as more environmentally-friendly products are developed, we hope that the cost of these products will be more in line with the cost of standard products.
Why is Wolfidea Press offering recycled printing?
It’s because Wolfidea Press believes that helping the planet is everyone’s responsibility, so we’ve added recycled products to our product range to service the needs of all of our customers. Our standard products are still available, but we’ll be encouraging our customers to use Eco-friendly products as much as possible.
Why is it so important to support recycled paper? Isn’t it biodegradable anyway?
If a paper is not recycled, it ends up in the landfill. It is biodegradable, but it takes about 50 years or more to fully disintegrate in a landfill. Recycling paper, and buying recycled paper, helps to ease the strain on the earth.
Soy Ink & The Environment
Why We Prefer Soybean Ink?
Soy ink may be the solution to the environmental health and safety concerns of the printing industry. A new study confirms that soy ink can help to reduce the environmental burden of the printing industry. Soybean oil comes from a renewable source: soybeans. Soybeans beans are widely available at a low cost. Soybean agriculture uses only 0.5 percent of the total energy needed to produce soy ink. Almost half of all soybeans produced in America needs no irrigation. As soybeans are growing they temporarily remove damaging carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere.
Researchers at Western Michigan University have found that soy ink is removed more effectively from newsprint than petroleum ink during de-inking, resulting in less paper fiber damage and a brighter paper. In addition, the waste is not considered hazardous and can be treated more easily, completely and cost-effectively. Residue waste ink is considered a liquid industrial waste that requires proper disposal. Many newspapers and large commercial printers are recycling their ink by mixing black ink with unused color inks. This process reduces waste and results in a more cost-effective, efficient use of ink.
Other Benefits of Soy Ink
Soy ink is available for newspapers, magazines, commercial printing, packaging, business forms, and many other uses. Each form of printing requires a different type of ink and manufacturers have made various efforts to meet with the demands of customers. Soy ink has the following benefits:
Soybean oil’s clarity allows pigments to reach their full potential, resulting in deep, rich bright colors. In addition, used in newspaper ink, it shows an excellent outcome of pigments. Soy ink delivers a high quality print when you switch from petroleum-based ink to soy ink, and you may even see an improvement!
Soy inks show a greater rub resistance. This is especially important for newspaper readers.
The prices of soy ink colors are competitive with conventional ink colors since most of the cost in the colored inks comes from the pigments used and not the vehicle portion of the formulation. Because soy ink provides more intense color, printers may not use as much ink. As a result, more materials can be printed with less ink and thereby reducing their costs.
This is important when ink needs to be exposed to the heat of a laser printer or copy machine. As the boiling point of soy ink is lower, there is less chance of the ink being transferred to the machine parts instead of the paper.
Soy ink maintains its lithographic stability throughout the entire print job, so the press operator makes fewer adjustments during production and rejects fewer copies because of inferior quality.
Did You Know?
Soy ink is naturally low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds – chemical compounds that evaporate and react to sunlight) and its usage can reduce emissions causing air pollution.