RECYCLE INFORMATION:

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Use paper that is 100% PCW or FSC mill certified; limited ink coverage of process or PMS inks (no heavy coverage, metallic or fluorescent inks); water based aqueous coatings; PDF proofing.

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Recyclability of an Admore® product depends on the paper and graphic enhancements chosen. Please note that recycling services do vary by region.

StocksStocks

Paper is a renewable product that is biodegradable (no lamination). Lighter colored stocks are preferred for recycling. In general dark, heavily dyed papers are difficult to de-ink. When paper with a recycled content is purchased you are diverting waste from landfills and are helping to expand the recycling market.
Uncoated Paper
Use a paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content or one that is FSC mill certified. The higher the recycled content, the more visible contaminants within the paper may show. Recycled paper tends to have a lower brightness level (Higher brightness requires more bleaching.) As fibers are recycled, they become weaker and can crack. Our Eco-Smooth stocks are a great choice and have a refined look for a recycled sheet. Our Eco-Brown Kraft has the raw, recycled look. Overall, uncoated stocks tend to be more eco-friendly than coated.
Coated Paper
Usually want to use a paper with at least 10% post-consumer recycled content or one that is FSC mill or SFI certfied.

Ecosmart InksOff-set Printing Inks
Our four color process and PMS inks (excludes all metallic, fluorescent, and digital inks) are certified to be low VOC, containing 45% vegetable content (13-18% soy). They are de-inkable (no heavy coverage) and therefore suitable for recycling.
Ink
Use limited ink coverage of process or PMS inks (no metallic or fluorescent). There are 3 general areas of concern which relate to the composition and environmental impact of printing inks: amount of VOCs, non-renewable resources and heavy metals. In addition, heavy ink coverage is considered less eco-friendly as it uses more resources, creates more waste and is difficult to de-ink.
VOC's
For a sheet-fed printer, ink needs to emit less than 10% Volatile Organic Compounds as it dries. All of our inks are low VOC. Our standard process & PMS inks (excludes metallic and fluorescent) are 5%.
Renewable Resources
Using a certain % of renewable resources (vegetable oil, soy, linseed, corn and other agricultural products) in place of petroleum oil. A certain amount of petroleum is still required in the formula for the ink to dry. Otherwise, the energy used in the press room would increase because more heat would be needed to dry the inks, thus offsetting the environmental benefit of using vegetable vs. petroleum. Our standard process and PMS inks (excludes metallic and fluorescent) have a minimum of 45% vegetable content (13-18% soy) with no more than 5% petroleum.
Heavy Metals
Pigments give ink its color. Certain pigments are formulated with metals which can adversely affect the environment. Our standard process and PMS (excludes metallic and fluorescent) inks meet the standard for a total less than 100ppm of mercury, lead, cadmium, etc. Metallic inks are not suitable for recycling.

Digital Printing InksDigital Printing Inks
Unlike most liquid toner inks, our dry toner four color process digital inks are de-inkable and suitable for recycling. According to the manufacturer (MGI DP60) the press also has a smaller environmental footprint than other comparable digital presses with lower power consumption, no ozone or VOCs, no exit exhaust and no additional HVAC or chiller. The toner bottles themselves are made of HDPE and are recyclable through standard programs.

CoatingsCoatings
A water based aqueous coating (AQ) is the best choice in terms of environmental impact. Paper with AQ (including Soft-Touch) can be recycled. The process of UV coating emits no VOCs, but does require higher energy use due to UV lamps. Our BioPlus flood gloss UV coating is 50% renewable resources and contains 30% soy and is recyclable with other mixed waste. Screen print spot UV is not recyclable. The ability to recycle UV paper products can vary from state to state. Overprint varnishes on paper products are recyclable, but they do emot VOCs. Lamination (at this time) is not considered an environmentally friendly finish. VOCs are emitted during hte manufacture of lam film and the large amounts of adhesives used are unsuitable for recycling. Film companies are working on cornstarch based lam films that are biodegradable, BUT they are currently expensive.

Foil Stamp/EmbossingFoil Stamp/Embossing
Paper products selectively decorated with foil are recyclable. Foil "imprint" type applications can be recycled. Embossing has no effect on a sheets ability to be recycled.

ProofingProofing
PDF is the eco-friendly proofing option. Best choice overall if the customer does not need to see critical color.

Boxes/PackagingBoxes/Packaging
The brown, corrugated boxes we ship products in are made from recycled material and have a recycled logo on them. We use "air pillows" made out of recycled material and filled with air as packaging material. In addition, we have set-up a system to recycle any peanuts/bubble wrap that come into the building.