Printing business folders in an ethical, eco-friendly way is more important now than it’s ever been. It’s an important part of running a business in a responsible way and being good stewards of the earth. Here is why.
Printing Business Folders Without Volatile Organic Compounds
You may have heard talk about volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, often used in printing. You may have even experienced some of the many disabling effects of VOCs, such as dizziness, nausea, asthma, respiratory infection, and even cancer.
With that list of side effects, you can see why it is especially important to keep these compounds out of products that will come into consistent contact with human hands.
With a side effect list like that, you may be wondering more about VOCs and how presentation folder printing can help. The Environmental Protection Agency has quite a bit to say about that, but first, let’s find out more about VOCs.
What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
VOCs are unstable organic compounds that cause adverse reactions during lab tests. Some of the reactions are still unknown in humans, while others have been very well documented.
So what, exactly, can these compounds do to the human body? Effects include cancer, allergic skin reactions, nausea, complications with asthma, and more. Some VOCs stay in the human body for unknown amounts of time; these VOCs may pose a risk to future generations!
Due to their high human toxicity levels, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) places regulations on the amount of VOCs that can be present in drinking water. The EPA has also issued guidelines on the amount of VOCs that should be produced or used in any business or home building effort. These guidelines are not mandatory regulations, however, and so are often not followed.
Unlike some other pollutants, Volatile Organic Compounds are actually most dangerous indoors. In most homes and offices, VOCs are found at between 2 to 5 times the concentration levels found outdoors. VOCs gasses can be released from products such as paint, paint thinners, inks and toners, adhesives, cleaning products, aerosol sprays, and some carpets, furniture, and upholstery.
When it comes to printing business folders, it is the VOCs present in inks and toners that matter most!
How Can I Print Business Folders Without VOCs?
Green business folder printing will reduce contact with volatile organic compounds at every step: from production to storage to delivery. When a printer uses ecologically safe inks, toners, and papers, the level of VOCs in the printing room is significantly cut down to at or below the EPA’s recommended acceptable exposure levels.
In addition, fewer VOCs and carbon emissions are pumped back into the air and lungs of the factory workers, managers, distributors, and so on.
Finally, when the finished presentation folders reach you, fewer VOCs are released into your environment, thereby benefiting you and your employees. Similarly, when you present your business, your folders have a far less damaging health effect on your potential partners and investors.
What Impact Can Low VOC Presentation Folder Printing Have On My Business?
When your business folders—or any other materials—are printed within the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council, you are immediately seen as a good steward of the Earth. Our printing methods and certification with the Forest Stewardship Council allow us to mark your business folders with the FSC seal of approval.
Whenever a business sets itself apart as a logical and ethical entity, it can have a stark advantage in the marketplace. Being able to mark your materials with the Forest Stewardship Council logo can improve your reputation among many clients. Even among a target audience who isn’t ecologically aware, this logo helps add a certain amount of respectability and perceived status.
Post-consumer recycled papers and ecologically safe inks, toners, and adhesives all contribute to a better world, fewer VOCs and less carbon emissions. Printing business folders in an environmentally friendly way—and being able to officially label them as such—is just one more way to show your market that you are, in fact, one of the good guys!
Where to Find a Las Vegas Printer that Cares about the Environment?
Las Vegas Color Graphics is committed to managing all aspects of our plant in an environmentally sound manner, especially through the use of Low Volatile Organic Compounds. To find out more about our stewardship to the environment, click here. You may also complete our form or call 702.617.9000.