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Sign & Display printing and the environment

 
 
Going Green isn´t just good practice, it´s good BusinessGoing Green isn´t just good practice, it´s good Business
Requests for sustainable printing are on the rise, and major brand owners are leading the charge. HP's broad portfolio of solutions, designed with the environment in mind, can help you take a more sustainable approach and offer more to retain customers and win new business. Also see how going green can help you reduce the cost of sign & display printing by eliminating the need for special ventilation, reducing media waste and more.
 

HP Latex Inks and the environment

 UL Ecologo
 In addition to outstanding image quality and impressive durability and display permanence,1 water-based HP Latex Inks offer an attractive environmental profile to print service providers and print users alike. HP Latex Inks:
  • Create an improved working environment for printer operators
  • Don't require special ventilation2
  • Don't require hazard warning labels
  • Are non-flammable and non-combustible3
  • Contain no Hazardous Air Pollutants4

» Go green with HP Latex Prints
 
 

HP Latex printers

 HP Latex printers use HP Inks to produce vivid, durable prints on a wide range of coated and uncoated materials including most low-cost, eco-solvent/low-solvent compatible media.

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HP EcoSolutions Trained Printing Company Program

EcoSolutions The HP EcoSolutions Trained Printing Company program for HP Latex Printing Technologies users helps you get the most out of the environmental profile of your HP Latex printer.

If you are an HP Latex Printing Technology User you can benefit from this environmental training.

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Media for HP Latex printers

HP Latex Inks also provide broad media versatility including low-cost, uncoated papers and textiles6 and a wide range of recyclable HP printing materials.7 They produce odor-free prints5 suitable even for sensitive indoor environments such as restaurants or medical facilities. In fact, prints produced on HP PVC-free Wall Paper printed with water-based HP Latex Inks are GREENGUARD Children & Schools CertifiedSM and meet AgBB criteria.8 HP HDPE Reinforced Banner is a 100% recyclable, 100% alternative to PVC scrim banner material.7

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Recycling for HP Latex printing materials and supplies

 The HP Large-format Media take-back program7
Many paper-based HP large-format printing materials can be recycled through commonly available recycling programs. HP also offers a free and convenient program for recycling selected HDPE- and PET-based HP printing materials. These materials are suitable for producing sign and display applications on printers using HP Latex Printing Technologies. It's also possible to return certain HP Latex Printing supplies to HP for free and convenient recycling9. The video clips below explain further.

» Check program availability
 

 
Signage media recycling video using HP Large Format Media Take-back Program
 
Consumables recycling video for the HP Designjet L25500 Printer
 
Consumables recycling video for the HP Scitex LX600 Printer
 
    
 

HP UV-curable ink printer

 

Life cycle assessment study

 HP Scitex FB7600 Press
HP Scitex FB7500 Printer
 
 Ideal for printing rigid point-of-sale signs, this highly productive printer uses HP UV-curable inks and can offer an efficient alternative to screen printing. The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press uses the HP FB225 Scitex ink system which is GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified and meets AgBB criteria.10

» HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press
 
 
 

This independently produced and reviewed study commissioned by HP compares the environmental impact of printing point-of-sale signage on an HP Scitex FB7500 Printer with a competitive screen-printing press.

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Greenguard

 
 

In depth

» Learn more about printing sustainability organizations that HP supports
 
SGP Partnership SGP Partnership
HP is a leading supporter of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, which offers a certification program for print service providers in the U.S. and Canada that are committed to taking a more sustainable approach to printing.
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SGP Educational Videos



 



1 HP image permanence estimates by HP Image Permanence Lab. Outdoor display permanence tested according to SAE J2527 using HP Latex and eco- and low-solvent inks on a range of media, including HP media; in a vertical display orientation in simulated nominal outdoor display conditions for select high and low climates, including exposure to direct sunlight and water; performance may vary as environmental conditions change. Scratch, smudge, and water resistance tested using HP Latex and eco- and low-solvent inks on a wide range of media, including HP media; water resistance is comparable when printed on water-resistant substrates. Results may vary based on specific media performance and scratch testing methodology. For more information, see www.hp.com/go/supplies/printpermanence.
2 Special ventilation is not required to meet US OSHA requirements on occupational exposure to VOCs from HP Latex Inks. Special ventilation equipment installation is at the discretion of the customer—no specific HP recommendation is intended. Customers should consult state and local requirements and regulations.
3 HP water-based Latex Inks are not classified as flammable or combustible liquids under the USDOT or international transportation regulations. These materials have been tested per the Pensky-Martins Closed Cup method and the flash point is greater than 110 deg C.
4 The inks were tested for Hazardous Air Pollutants per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Method 311 (testing conducted in 2008) and none were detected. HAPs are air pollutants which are not covered by ambient air quality standards but which, as defined in the Clean Air Act, may present a threat of adverse human health effects or adverse environmental effects.
5 Some substrates may have inherent odor.
6 For best results, print textile applications on polyester fabric that does not stretch. Performance may vary depending on media. Please consult your media supplier for compatibility details.
7 HP offers the HP Large-format Media take-back program in North America and Europe through which most HP recyclable signage media can be returned, availability varies. Some recyclable papers can be recycled through commonly available recycling programs. For details visit www.hp.com/recycle. Aside from this program, recycling opportunities for these products are currently only available in limited areas. Customers should consult local recycling resources for recycling these products.
8 HP PVC-free Wall Paper printed using HP Latex Inks is GREENGUARD Children & Schools CertifiedSM (see www.greenguard.org) and meets AgBB criteria for health-related evaluation of VOC emissions of indoor building products (see www.umweltbundesamt.de/produkte-e/bauprodukte/agbb.htm).
9 In the circa 50 countries and territories in which the HP Planet Partners program operates for printing supplies. Program features and availability varies. Where this program is not available, and for other consumables not included in the program, consult the Material Safety Data Sheet MSDS) available at www.hp.com/go/ecodata to determine appropriate disposal.
10 The ink system using HP FB225 Scitex Inks is listed in the GREENGUARD Product Guide for signage. Using a GREENGUARD Certified ink does not indicate the end product is Certified. See www.greenguard.org It also meets AgBB criteria for health-related evaluation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions of indoor building products. See www.umweltbundesamt.de/produkte-e/bauprodukte/agbb.htm.