As one of the first accredited carbon neutral printers in South Africa, Hot Ink’s team feel strongly about the world around us and the impact that each of us has on the environment. For several years they have made it their responsibility to research and provide customers with greener paper choices, offering discounts to reward eco friendly selections.
Now, following on to their practice of REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE and REWARD, they have OFFSET too. By offsetting all emissions created by Hot Ink, they will leave a zero carbon footprint on our earth.
They have teamed up with the Climate Neutral Group to calculate their carbon footprint, which they offset through the purchase of Gold Standard carbon credits. These credits come from the Paradigm Project, a cooking stove initiative in Kenya. Over and above providing the best quality in Cape Town, Hot Ink can now offer their customers conscientious printing solutions along with their trademark excellent service.
You too can play a role in contributing to the wellbeing of our planet as well as create awareness around sustainability. Soon Hot Ink will be able to offer their customers the opportunity to offset the emissions resulting from the production of the papers they use. Individual print jobs can then be declared 100% carbon neutral and carry the accredited logo.
Every month all the waste paper generated at Hot Ink is collected by Mondi for recycling. Click here for more info.
Hot Ink is on the Green Map. Check out Cape Towns’ other “green sites” here.
Hot Ink is also able to source any paper that you require, but the following environmentally friendly papers come recommended by them and are available in store:
- Reviva Plus, available in both White and Natural, in 105gsm and 250gsm
Reviva is a 40% post-consumer and 60% pre-consumer waste recycled paper. Reviva does not go through a de-inking processes and it is acid free thereby reducing the toxic by-product.
- Cocoon Offset, available in 100gsm, 120gsm, 140gsm, 300gsm and 350gsm
This very white paper is made from 100% recycled post consumer waste. It carries the following certifications: PEFC, ISO, NAPM plus FSC and is suitable for archiving.
- Masuga, available in 100gsm, 120gsm, 170gsm and 350gsm
This beautiful earthy looking paper is really smooth to the touch. Locally made from 90% sugar cane waste, it eliminates CO2 emissions associated with shipping, so not only does it look great but has good green credentials (read more here). The rigidity of the 350gsm is perfectly suited business cards.
- Triple Green, available in 135gsm and 230gsm
Triple Green is a double coated paper made from sugar cane fibre, it is woodfree*, acid free + totally chlorine free and has a 60% recycled content. (*woodfree = paper that is primarily made from chemical wood pulp, with no more than 10% mechanical wood pulp, which is used for the best grades of paper.)
keeping it green
We all need to work towards greening our planet. The paper we print onto can have a negative impact on the environment and should be chosen carefully, but what makes a paper “green”? There are many interesting answers to this question and a lot of misleading information from suppliers in an attempt to “greenwash” people into using their products.
Some criteria to consider are:
- The source, ie. how the forests are managed. Forest certification schemes indicate that forests are well managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards to ensure that they are used in a sustainable manner with the focus on forest biodiversity.
- FSC: Forest Stewardship Council
- PEFC: Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes.
- Both PEFC and FSC are independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisations. Look out for these two accreditations.
- Is the paper wholly or partially recycled. Recycled matter can consist of either pre or post consumer waste or have a rag (cotton) content. Bear in mind that many recycled papers undergo a chemical de-inking process to remove the ink.
- Was the paper manufactured using acid, chlorine or other toxic bleaching agents. Some papers are only elementally chlorine free ie. chlorine dioxide is used but not chlorine gas.
How is recycled paper a better option for the environment?
- Recycled papers help preserve forests by reducing the demand for wood.
- Recycling avoids accumulation of waste sites and incinerators which generate CO² emissions.
- Recycling lengthens the lifespan of the paper as fibres can be recycled 4 to 5 times.
- Producing recycled paper requires around 2 times less energy and 3 times less water than a paper made with virgin pulp.
a better option
Since printing is a very necessary part of our daily lives here are some reasons why doing it at Hot Ink will ease the burden on our planet slightly:
- Laser printing allows you to print only what you need – less unnecessary wastage.
- Hot Ink offers discounts for jobs printed on environmentally friendlier papers.
- The laser printing process uses powder toner which is more environmentally friendly than liquid inks some of which are solvent based. The use of soy-based inks is desirable in traditional offset printing because, by substituting the soy oil for part of the petroleum oil, volatile organic emissions are reduced. Hot Ink uses dry toners, not liquid inks. Toners are fine powders composed of plastics, colorants and small quantities of functional additives. Since Xerox toners are safe and non-toxic and the product is manufactured according to strict emission standards, emissions of volatile organic compounds during printing should not be a concern.
- All printer consumbles are returned to Xerox for recycling and/or remanufacturing.
- All paper waste generated at Hot Ink is collected by Mondi for recycling.
- All Xerox papers used are both FSC and PEFC certified.
- “The Complete Paper Guide 2008” – Paper Link
- “sustainability, Energy & Environment” – PrintCity
- M-Real Corporation Finland