Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How Green Booklet Printing Is An Example Of Positive Change

By Melissa Meyer


In the making of printed paper, the industry beginnings were quite primitive, with the use of things that often caused diseases or harm. During the late 20th century, change came in some measure. But this had to take into account how workers in the print industry have long been working with toxic chemicals and the like, which was one reason for the changes.

However, the printing industry has led the many relevant changes that were more environmentally conscious and safe for all people concerned. These have given the opportunity for safer processes and materials used for green booklet printing. But then, there is a need to look back on how these changes came about.

Those were the days of very dangerous tech, but a lot of the movers did so because of economic or financial concerns. This did not make for an atmosphere of study or learning, even as the argument goes like, if these industries were not founded, newer techniques might not have been discovered. It took a lot of concerned people to fight for changes, it even took wars for eyes to open for safer possibilities.

Generations later, early industries are considered the primitive beginnings of progressive ways. For printing, the relevant technologies are now sized smaller, the larger machines largely defunct and inefficient. This is in comparison to advanced techniques that rely on more efficient machines that are more compact and more effective.

The giant setups used huge amounts of electricity or gas to run, and the were touted as advanced technology then. Today, people have been awakened to the fact of how harmful they really were. It took many kinds of injuries to labor and many picket lines against companies before change could come.

If the campaigns and movements did not take on strength, it would still be a dark time for people. Government took a long time to be able to face up to the fact of how industry was harming everyone and everything. It took the blood of many a worker before old factories started to be investigated and remodeled.

Exposure to risk is no longer an entrenched measure for printing, what with the use of responsible paper and safer inks. Responsible paper is often 100 percent recycled, free of acid, and other toxic chemicals like chlorine. Inks are often vegetable based, with chemicals colors that will not harm the environment.

The offset system is not in use for printing booklets, because the printing runs for it need to be in the 10,000 order range so that all costs are covered and income generated. Some great new digital processes are used because of their high technology and relevance for environmental and health concerns. Former problems are no longer visible.

The WHO, however, is still on the lookout for those printers that have not seemed to have caught the news about changes in usage and production. For them, the consideration to convert to safer and healthier systems are seen as beyond their budget or knowledge. So the regulations and government agencies run after them so that they start subscribing to change or else close out, which is a very healthy way of making the environment safer.




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