Giclee Printing and Our Environment
We care about the environment so we strive to keep wastage to a minimum, reuse and recycle what we can and avoid products that are bad for you or the environment.
Fortunately, many of the better papers we use are made from cotton lint, a by-product of the clothing industry that would otherwise go to the landfill. We are always on the look out for papers made from renewable resources so we stock papers made of Bamboo and Kozo, a Japanese bark traditionally used in washi papers. Still we hate to see clear cut forest such as Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in Oregon. It is a real tragedy and makes us think twice every time we pick up a sheet or a roll of paper. Our promise to ourselves is to waste as little as we can, to make every sheet count.
Technology is on our side with some of this and digital technologies do much to reduce consumption of some important resources. Inkjet inks are never washed down the drain and into the water supply unlike with traditional commercial and even fine-art printing especially litho and screen printing. We also embrace “print on demand” where we can print only as many as are needed when they are needed. The inkjet process itself consumes far less than offset printing because you only print what you need. When you make prints, cards or small items with us, you will need far less of them to be made for it to be cost effective compared to offset printing—and this alone has an impact on the supply of trees and water.
At skink Ink we recycle ink cartridges, electronics and all our consumables. We reuse as much of the packing materials we are sent as we can. We strive constantly to find better ways to make less of an impact on the planet whilst avoiding compromise on the quality and longevity of the prints.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ”
——Jane Goodall, Primatologist