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About our environmentally friendly printing processes
PRINTING ON A DIGITAL PRESS
Traditional litho (modern offset printing), is a chemical based process and creates contaminated waste, heavy metals and requires chemical cleaners in its daily function. Digital printing does not use chemical cleaners and leaves no heavy metal waste. Our digital press uses non-toxic waxy toner and requires no wastage in set-up. This makes it less expensive (financially and environmentally) and is much less polluting than the traditional offset print methods.
The process on the digital press is magnetic, so doesn’t require physical metal, or plastic plates as in Offset. Don’t be fooled into thinking that old technologies are some sort of magic process, they are not. We live in a time where the print industry has evolved, new tech is creating much higher detail, vastly lower wastage with less pollution and considerably less power to pioneer the next generation of environmentally friendly printing technology.
RICOH PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Ricoh supports a sustainable society. This includes not only reducing our environmental impact, but working to conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystems. They believe these activities will not only heal the present environment, but set the stage for future repair and recovery.
“Ricoh earns ENERGY STAR Canada Manufacturer of the Year Award for Electronics for the 2nd Year in a Row”. Ricoh Canada, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Canada Manufacturer of the Year Award for Electronics for its excellence in the arena of advancing market transformation on energy efficiency in Canada. These latest accolades acknowledge their work to foster environmental sustainability in our their operations and evangelize on behalf of sustainability to customers and the business community. As a company, they have committed to reducing the total lifecycle CO2 emissions of the Ricoh Group by 30 percent by 2020 and by 87.5 percent by 2050.
CONSUMABLES & RECYCLING
ARCHIVAL PRINTING INKS
Our Inkjet printers use pure pigment ink (akin to what is used in artist’s paints) suspended in water and then sprayed onto fine art rag papers with no need for heat or chemicals. Huge advancements in the past 10 years are transforming the print world, especially for those interested in higher quality, archival consistency, and environmental ethics. Epson Ultrachrome HD ink means serious amateur and professional artists can now deliver superb images with highly accurate colours. This newly designed ink-set includes new Matte Black inks to help produce images with stunning levels of detail when printed in both colour and black and white.
ARCHIVAL PAPERS & CANVAS
Cold Press Bright Paper – An acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright textured finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density. Paper Specifications: • Textured Matte Finish • Acid Free • pH Buffered
Hot Press Bright Paper – An acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright smooth finish. This paper has an extremely-high color gamut and black density. Paper Specifications: • Smooth Matte Finish • Acid Free • pH Buffered
Exhibition Matte Canvas – An acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend (mold resistant), this elegantly textured canvas features a matte non-reflective surface with a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide color gamut. The canvas base is enhanced with elastic polymers providing high tensile strength and flexibility for gallery wrap stretching without cracking. Paper Specifications: • Matte Surface • Acid Free • pH Buffered
EPSON PRINT TECHNOLOGY
For Epson, being a sustainable company means being mindful of every aspect of our organisation – from the smallest lightbulb to the largest factory. Fueling our innovation, drives our growth, motivates our workforce and, ultimately, to contribute to society. It is also an essential part of how Epson works with their partners across the supply chain. Epson’s history of environmental projects and policies started with an enforced pollution-control programme that successfully ran over four decades. By the end of the 90s, Epson had published its achievements in an annual environmental report. Since the beginning of the new millennium, Epson has widened its scope and is active in reforestation-projects, energy control and zero emission programmes alike. Epson is committed to developing environmentally conscious products, which means that sustainability is considered from conception to completion. Along with an eco-friendly design, this also means the elimination of hazardous substances in our complete product range.
Epson’s inkjet printers do not use heat in the printing process, therefore they consume far less power than laser printers. Epson’s inkjet printers consume up to 85 percent less energy than a similar-speed laser printer, which means that for a typical shop that requires frequent printing, this can amount to distinct savings in their annual energy bills. Epson inkjet printers also produce up to 85 percent less carbon dioxide than those of comparable laser printers. This means that for every six cedar trees required to absorb the amount of carbon dioxide as a result of using a laser printer, an Epson inkjet printer requires only one cedar tree, according to Epson.
In terms of waste generation, Epson’s inkjet printers come with fewer components that need replacing, making them more convenient to operate as they require only changing of the ink and waste ink box as compared to the toner, drum, developer, fusers and more components for laser models. This is not a tiny detail as with up to 59 percent less replacement parts compared to laser printers, using inkjet printers would result in a significantly reduced impact on the environment over the lifetime of a printer. With less consumables required and less parts needing to be replaced, significantly less downtime and maintenance would be needed compared to a laser printer. In fact, the user intervention time required to replace the parts is less than half compared to a laser printer, which translates into improved office productivity in the long-term.
PHOTOGRAPHING FINE ART
Our specialized photography studio provides high resolution digitizing services exclusively for the capture of fine art paintings.
Digital photography uses cameras containing arrays of electronic photodetectors to produce images focused by a lens, as opposed to an exposure on photographic film. The captured images are digitized and stored as a computer file ready for further digital processing, viewing, electronic publishing, or digital printing. They are combined with other digital images obtained from scanography and other methods that are often used in digital art or media art.
DIGITAL VS ANALOGUE
Until the advent of digital technology, photographs were made by exposing light sensitive photographic film and paper, which was processed in liquid chemical solutions to develop and stabilize the image. Digital photographs are typically created solely by computer-based photoelectric and mechanical techniques, without wet bath chemical processing.
Traditional analogue photography methods use harsh and dangerous chemicals, we are proud to embrace digital cameras and bypass the chemical process of developing and printing photography (both artistically and commercially). We have developed a specialized capture procedure (proprietary), that allows us to reduce/remove reflections, provide just about any resolution (highest detail), and the use of specialized digital lights that are fine tuned to produce even lighting and a consistent colour fidelity.
NIKON DIGITAL CAMERAS
The Nikon Basic Environmental Management Policy – created by the Nikon group, aims to prevent environmental pollution by using resources efficiently and helping to preserve the global environment so that it would be able to pass on a sustainable and healthy environment to further generations. Following are the action guidelines that form the framework for this policy:
Capital Regional District of Victoria
All of our paper, cardboard, and plastic is recycled according to CRD guidelines. The CRD provides a wide variety of recycling services and information. They are always working on new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle!