Driving Sustainability in Digital Printing: LexJet’s Commitment, Achievements, and Eco-Friendly Solutions

As a frontrunner in the digital printing industry, LexJet consistently surpasses industry benchmarks and adheres to the highest standards. Collaborating closely with our manufacturing partners, we deliver cutting-edge, eco-friendly products and solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

Our ongoing commitment to sustainability is evident in our latest achievements, which not only validate our dedication but also reinforce our principles and practices. These milestones serve as a roadmap, directing our endeavors towards further amplifying our future impact.

                                              

Visit our environment page here to explore the wide array of sustainable products designed to support your business in achieving and maintaining its sustainability goals and strategy.

 

Our Commitment to the Journey to Create a Sustainable Future

Earth Day is a wonderful time to remind us of the crucial role we all play in reducing our carbon footprint. At LexJet, we believe our sustainable business practices have a positive effect globally. We understand our customers’ desire to offer eco-friendly business solutions and products for environmentally conscious consumers. As buyers become more aware of their daily impact on the environment, aspirations of becoming more environmentally conscious may shape their purchasing decisions, leading to searches for affordable, sustainable, and quality products.

We provide multiple ways to help you become an eco-friendlier business, making it easy and hassle-free to recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges with our Cartridge Recycling program. Since the launch of this program in 2021, we have received over 2 tons of used ink cartridges for recycling!

LexJet also offers more sustainable media options, like a recycled canvas product made 100% from recycled water bottles under the Elements brand. Additionally, we carry photo papers, banner materials, fabrics, and films that can be recycled into various products.

Another way we continue to expand our sustainability efforts is by having LexJet media officially FSC®- certified. According to the FSC, “the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) verifies that forest-based materials produced according to our rigorous standards are credibly used along the product’s path from the forest to becoming finished goods.” Being certified means that we are committed to ensuring that the products we offer our customers follow the appropriate process from start to finish, from the forest to the finished product in our warehouse.

When you purchase LexJet media with the FSC label, you can trust that the products align with your business’s sustainability goals. “The FSC label on a finished product signals that the materials used during production have met the chain of custody requirements at every step in the supply chain, from sourcing to distribution.”

   

To view the complete list of FSC®- certified LexJet media, click here.

Sustainability is also a priority for our other brands like HP, named by Newsweek as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the 7th year in a row. Another brand walking the walk is KODAK. In its 2021 Sustainability Report, One World One, KODAK announced a 55% increase in solvent recovery business (2016-2021).

As an industry leader in the digital printing market, LexJet continues to meet the highest demands and exceed industry standards. We work with manufacturing partners to bring innovative and sustainable products and solutions to our customers to meet their business needs with our professional-grade imaging materials.

To learn more about our eco-friendly products, contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or browse our wide variety of eco-friendly products.

 

Celebrating Earth Day with these HP Eco Solutions

There are several ways that HP makes it easy to reduce the environmental impact of wide-format printing.

Did you know that your HP inkjet cartridges can be recycled? What about your HP recyclable media printed with HP inks? Would you like to get cash to trade in an old printer? We’ll help you with all the answers:

HP has been involved with product recycling for more than 25 years and utilizes the materials in a “closed-loop” process, which means cartridge materials returned are transformed into raw materials used in the production of future cartridges. In 2017, HP included the use of recycled plastic and polypropylene in the creation of new original HP ink cartridges, which has had a significant reduction in overall environmental impact.

Many of HP’s medias are FSC®/PEFC™/REACH certified and can be recycled within local guidelines; however, to be properly recycled, any printed graphics must have been printed using HP printers and HP OEM ink. There are several options for DesignJet, Latex and PageWide technologies, and we’ve highlighted a few below:

Aqueous:

Latex:

PageWide:

Whether you are participating in the HP Supplies Recycling or the “Cash in Trade up” programs, HP has made it easy for you to recycle some of your most frequently purchased products, which means less waste piling up and more raw materials available for the production of new products.

If you have questions about these recycling initiatives or other available certified HP media, call 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Consider Earth-Friendly Eco-Solvent Inks

As your customers’ and the industry’s attention continues to turn toward sustainable and eco-friendly print options, and with Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to consider eco-solvent inks. Epson’s UltraChrome™ GS3 ink offers an alternative that addresses those concerns while also providing the print speed, durability and excellent color precision you demand from your solvent printer.

The new technology offered in Epson’s GS3 inks solve one of the biggest annoyances of solvent-based printing: the 24-hours needed for out-gassing. These inks will dry quickly and allow printers to add lamination when needed on the same day. And while the production speed of the Epson SureColor S-Series printers are a huge benefit for high-run projects, the GREENGUARD Gold certification adds another major benefit: Environmental responsibility.

GREENGUARD Gold is a nationally recognized certification that ensures that the tested product is safe to use in sensitive environments like schools and hospitals because they emit low chemical emissions while also complying with the State of California’s Department of Publish Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350. This gives designers and architects an edge to earn credits toward a LEED Green Building Rating — a big help when choosing canvas wrap materials and wallcoverings. The UltraChrome GS3 inks also meet the French-VOC A+ Class criteria for low chemical emissions.

Because Epson’s GS3 inks meet these stringent requirements, there is also no need for special ventilation or air purification required when operating the Epson SureColor S-Series printers.

“We’ve heard more and more from our print service provider customers that eco-friendly is in high-demand,” says our OEM product specialist, Shauna Malgieri. “I expect to see more sustainable products to come from our manufacturing partners this year, so stay tuned!”

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Go Latex and Print Earth-Friendly

While opting for latex print technology is a great choice to add versatility and more market opportunities to your business, it can also open up another highly effective selling point: Environmentally friendly print options. Here are four products that are specifically made for latex (or latex-compatible) that will make your customers feel good about their next print project:

HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper

FOR DÉCOR: HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper was designed specifically for HP Gen 3 Latex Inks to create beautiful, customized wallcoverings that are Type II compliant without a top coat, so they can be used in sensitive environments like healthcare settings or schools that are also subject to lots of wear and tear. The wall paper also meets sustainability standards with FSC certification, which ensures the product comes from responsibly managed forests; and Greenguard Gold certification, which ensures it is safe for use around sensitive populations, like the elderly and children. These attributes can lend a hand to building designs being considered for LEED certification points, which scores the healthy environment for commercial buildings.

FOR RETAIL: The all-new HP Durable Backlit Fabric, pictured above, is another latex-compatible option that answers the demand for a lightweight fabric for backlit signs, but also ensures extra safety, thanks to approved fire certifications (B1 and NFPA 70). The fabric is also REACH compliant, which regulates and ensures the safety of chemicals used to create products and their potential impact on human health and the environment.

FOR SOFT SIGNAGE: Specifically designed and coated for latex printing, EnduraFab Frontlit FR is another fabric solution for a variety of applications, including indoor signage, tablecloths, drapes and SEG frames, to name a few. PSPs and their customers can rest assured when using EnduraFab Frontlit FR, thanks to it passing NFPA 701 flame retardant standards under fire test conditions.

FOR HIGH-VOLUME POSTERS: PSPs running industrial HP Latex printing now have the all-new LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g, a PVC-free option with a paper base that’s coated for durable, water-resistant prints that won’t bleed. PVC-free options are beneficial because they do not contain harmful chemicals that can be found in some vinyl materials. PVC-free materials have been growing in popularity in Europe and in the décor market, and is becoming a hot topic in signage, too. Plus, this poster paper is recyclable after use, making it an attractive option for some customers.

To learn about more environmentally friendly media options, give us a call at 800-453-9538.