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Feb 07, 2007



I went to the WIRED magazine NextFest in New York last fall, and they had this on display: http://www.office.xerox.com/page/solidink/index/enus.html. The sample printouts look quite good and the "reducing waste by 95%" part is impressive too. I realize that this is an office copier quality/volume implementation of this technology, but I'm sure it can be scaled up and used in pro printing applications as well.


This will help you



And of course this from David



Have you tried using potatoes ?

I bet Alan Kitching has.


For waterless printing you need to go to http://www.parklanepress.co.uk

I've used them, they're good. Ask for Phil - he's a nice chap as well. He'll also (if you ask him) explain that waterless printing came from the US as, apparently, there are some States where it's illegal to use alcohol (which you need with conventional litho) in the printing process.

dan at innocent

We use Seacourt http://www.seacourt.net/ for some stuff. And I'm going to ask Shrimp (our print expert) if there's anyone else that we'd recommend.


OK, you can find anything you want to know about waterless printing at http://www.waterless.org/default.htm


I would recommend http://www.calverts.coop and also http://www.alocalprinter.com

I think many people are moving on from printing using soya or vegetable based inks and going to waterless press.

Marcus Brown

Sorry Ben, only just spotted this. Massive subject and really important. I've got way too much to say on the subject to pack into a comment. I could write an article for you if you like. Would you like that?


A guest post? Why not?

Go for it.


I'd recommend Beaconpress [ www.beaconpress.co.uk ].
Not waterless as far as I know but quite possibly the nicest and most hospitable people I've ever met in the business.

Marcus Brown

Ok. Be the back end of next week. And grown up.




When I worked in clothing we'd get labels asking us if we could use vegetable - based yes and inks. The problem with that was that you had to plant an acre of carrots to dye and print one T - Shirt which was less 'sustainable' than just using the usual stuff.

I did a lot of work on environmentally responsible printing at this time - and came to the conclusion that what was best was for clients to go for the best available option rather than the ultimate in environmentalism - and work in that direction.

David Shorto

Just to let any Twig users know that the site will be replaced 1 March by www.ppe.uk.net

PPE is a much stronger resource in terms of products and suppliers featured. Also, it is much easier for site users to locate appropriate materials and print suppliers.

PPE is supported by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Soil Association and BPIF.


In fact Twig.uk.com has been replaced by two sites, David's (as mentioned above) and also by Lovelyasatree.com which has been produced for designers by a designer and is supported by WWF.


I would recommend http://www.theprintingpress.co.uk


If you are designer that's environmentally friendly, Overnight Prints offers waterless printing.


Johnny, you don't appear to do any environmentally friendly printing.

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