Vegetable Based Printing Inks 19 September, 2018 At H&H Reeds we only use vegetable-based printing inks as part of our ongoing commitment to the environment. Why do we use vegetable based printing inks? Vegetable based inks are better for the environment as they are made from vegetable oil or soybeans. Through sustainable farming, these plants also reduce the amount of CO2 in the air, further combating the fight against climate change by reducing air pollution. An added benefit of the use of natural ingredients is that they are less harmful to both the environment and the staff handling them. Vegetable based inks also help with the recycling process as they are easier to remove from recycled paper and print during the de-inking process of recycling. What is wrong with using conventional printing inks? What is viewed as conventional printing inks are petroleum-based and used with alcohol-based solvents which, as they evaporate, emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. VOCs cause environmental pollution and are a health hazard to pressroom workers as well as creating ozone pollution. Petroleum-based inks emit between 25% and 40% VOCs as they dry. Petroleum-based inks contain products refined from crude oil and the energy required for extraction, refining and treatment for this is high which adds to the environmental damage. Crude oil is also a fossil fuel, resources of which are dwindling very fast. Vegetable oil-based inks, on the other hand, are derived from renewable resources. Our Environmental Commitment Here at H&H Reeds, we are continually striving to be as environmentally friendly as possible. That is why we are ISO14001:2015 accredited, are a member of The Woodland Trust’s Carbon Capture Programme and have a strong recycling ethos throughout the company. To read more on our Environmental Policy you can click here.