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FLEXO Magazine : End of Year 2008
4 Sustainable FLEXO YEAR END 2008 www.flexomag.com A Closer Look at Soy in Water Flexo Inks By Matt Fassler Global warming, wildly fluctuating energy costs, a strug- gling economy, our country's increasing dependency on foreign resources---what human factors intertwine these things? The simple answer: uncertainty and the desire for peace of conscience. In these difficult times, fear of the unknown has once again reared its ugly head. Is global warming real? If so, what will be the consequences? Will fuel costs stay low now that they've finally come down? When will our economy recuperate? Is our dependency on foreign resources putting our country at risk? With all these questions facing us, we can at least find solace in one certainty: there has been a notable movement toward environmental stewardship throughout the packaging industry. Printers are increasingly supporting change where they can and going green. In recent months, as we've seen the sustainabil- ity movement grow almost exponentially, soy inks have begun pounding their "green" chests harder than ever, screaming "we come from an abundant, renewable and recyclable resource!" Ears are perking up and interest is growing dramatically when it comes to soy inks. Everyone wants to do his/her part to help, which leads us to another set of questions: Is all the hype true? Are you really making a difference by using soy inks? What can you expect from a soy ink? How does it compare to its counterparts? 220 LPI, 5.8bcm. Inks based on an acrylic resin package versus those made with straight soy vehicle and no added resin.