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March 17th, 2009 :: text by

:: the soy way…worth it? ::

soybean dreams — by lindemer

soybeans don’t even want to be soybeans!

The other day, I went to my printer shop to talk to the green god about a few projects I have coming up and would like to use soy ink. He informed me that soy ink isn’t really all that great for the environment. It is “comprised of 86-percent oil—which isn’t biodegradable—digital printing uses 100-percent nontoxic ink. Digital based inks also produce less chemical waste.”

This was a shocker to me so I decided to do a little more research.

This is what I found:

The following is an excerpt from an article on soy inks from International Paper:
“While there have been many claims of the ecological benefits to be gained, ink made with soybean oil contain waxes, pigments, and other additives. This makes it no easier to dispose of a soy oil-based ink than a petro-based ink, printed or non-printed. This requires that the same considerations be taken for disposal in a landfill or incineration as petro-based inks would need.”

Sad. So while it may be nice to use something organic, it’s still causes just as many problems in the end. But they say soy inks print prettier colors, if that helps at all. :(

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  1. 1 Dominghosa said at 3:41 pm on March 17th, 2009:

    I knew it! I didn’t get why soy ink would be any better for the environment.
    Now soy SAUCE, now that’s better for my tummy.
    Oh wait …


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