Monday, October 19th, 2009

Clairefontaine’s Commitment to the Environment: New Natural Inks

Stephanie

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The ink used in all Clairefontaine and Rhodia products has been changed to abide by the most stringent European environmental standards.

The inks are now water-based rather than petroleum or solvent based. The inks are non toxic and non irritating.While the colors remain the same, they are now made from vegetable oil pigments rather than mineral ones. These inks are made from a variety of sources, including soy bean, corn and linseed oils.

By replacing mineral oil with vegetable oil, we reduce or even cut out volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions. VOCs are carbon-containing gases and vapors that are released from solvents used during the printing process. In liquid form VOCs can also effect water and soil quality.

The new ink composition may alter very slightly some of the color intensity.

Click to read more about Clairefontaine’s environmental commitment.


10 thoughts on “Clairefontaine’s Commitment to the Environment: New Natural Inks

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  3. This environmental company policy is quite commendable. Seems that European manufacturers are way ahead in reducing their carbon footprint. Hopefully the rest of the world will follow suit. I do wonder how many water-proof inks in the market could be manufactured under similar green standards.

  4. This environmental company policy is quite commendable. Seems that European manufacturers are way ahead in reducing their carbon footprint. Hopefully the rest of the world will follow suit. I do wonder how many water-proof inks in the market could be manufactured under similar green standards.

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