Eco-friendliness of inkjet inks and a novel solution to increase it

Anu Ilmonen, Laura Kela

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Abstract

Eco-friendly inks have appeared also to digital printing area during last ten years, although every ink manufacture has slightly different determination for "eco-ink". One way to increase the eco-friendliness is to use bio-based ingredients instead of petroleum-based materials. The term "bio-based" describes a product that utilizes biological products, or renewable domestic agricultural or forestry materials. At the moment the bio-based materials of inkjet inks are mainly originating from soybean or other sources that are suitable also for food, which makes their use arguable. The water soluble wood hemicelluloses could offer a truly sustainable option for binder in water-based inks. Lately the paper industry has intensively started to study how to exploit the wood maximally in pulp making process and the isolation of hemicelluloses from pulp making waste waters has been recognized to be one of the promising ways to utilize the side streams. Due to newness of eco-friendly inks, the terminology is still very fragmented. In this paper we consider the term eco-friendly ink and how it is used nowadays. The isolation methods of hemicelluloses and their properties and suitability for inkjet inks are discussed including some test results of hemicellulose-based ink.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNIP27: 27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication 2011
Subtitle of host publicationTechnical Programs and Proceedings
Place of PublicationSpringfield, VA, USA
PublisherThe Society for Imaging Science and Technology, IS&T
Pages573-575
ISBN (Print)978-0-89208-296-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
Event27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, NIP27 and 7th International Conference on Digital Fabrication 2011 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 2 Oct 20116 Oct 2011
Conference number: 27

Conference

Conference27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, NIP27 and 7th International Conference on Digital Fabrication 2011
Abbreviated titleNIP 27
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period2/10/116/10/11

Keywords

  • Inkjet
  • ink
  • hemicellulose

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    Ilmonen, A., & Kela, L. (2011). Eco-friendliness of inkjet inks and a novel solution to increase it. In NIP27: 27th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication 2011: Technical Programs and Proceedings (pp. 573-575). The Society for Imaging Science and Technology, IS&T.