At Hagadone we find that a lot of our clients get the warm fuzzies when we tell them how we can reduce the size of our environmental footprints. Because just like Mom says, don’t track mud in the house – we don’t like to leave behind messy footprints in our environment.
It’s more than just the warm fuzzies though. Using bio-renewable raw materials will, in the long run, makes sense because the more we all can help nurture more sustainable forms of materials and energy, the more quickly we can move off our over-reliance on imported fossil fuels to get the job done.
One of the ways we push the needle in that direction is by using low-VOC inks. VOC stands for “volatile organic compound,” and while that may sound like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, it’s really referring to their ability to evaporate under normal conditions. Think about what you smell when you pump gas: Gasoline is a VOC, and those stinky fumes go into the air and contribute to pollution.
Printing has traditionally been a high-VOC process, but as you can see, we’ve changed that at Hagadone. sheet fed inks are low VOC and contain on average 65% by weight bio-renewable raw materials. Our heat set inks are made with soy and other vegetable oils. The inks we use here at Hagadone are made with quality and the environment in mind.
Our unique partnership with natureOffice, an international organization dedicated to helping companies operate in environmentally responsible ways, allows all of our clients to buy carbon offsets from Hagadone to neutralize their entire job with us. natureOffice certifies our plant and procedures, ensuring we know the exact size of the carbon footprint every step of the process, from creation to shipping.
The added cost is only literally pennies on the dollar to offset your carbon footprint, and it’s something you can be proud of as you let your customers know how much you value the environment by operating in a carbon-neutral manner.