Eco-Friendly Printing - Sustainability In Action

Precision Disc is a market-leader in providing low-plastic and no-plastic packaging alternatives for our CD and DVD products, with a strong emphasis on utilizing "green" equipment, processes and materials.

Having in-house manufacturing and printing capabilities allows us to provide our clientele with a level of job control, quality and service that would not possible with an out-sourced product. With over 10,000 square feet of production facilities we have the ability to manufacture, print and package orders of virtually any size.

With so much importance being put on the environmentally-friendly aspects of our disc packaging products, applying ourselves to the more traditional print market seemed like an obvious and natural progression. We have invested in the right equipment, processes and materials to provide sustainable and environmentally-friendly printing solutions for our clientele.

Digital Printing Technology

The evolution of digital printing has made fundamental changes in the printing process. Printing is an industrial process but digital printing is a computerized process which is, by its very nature, less demanding of resources and less wasteful than conventional print.

Digital printing has eliminated many stages of traditional printing that were time, energy and resource-consuming, and were accompanied by liquid and solid waste and fumes, some of which require specialist treatment for disposal. The use of chemistry for film and plate processing is eliminated with digital print, as is the substantial waste of materials used in the 'make ready' stage of offset printing.

Digital printing enables shorter run lengths and turnaround times which leads to less consumption and waste - it is estimated that prior to the advent of digital printing as much as 56% of all print was thrown away unused.

Dealing With Sources of Printer Related Waste

Imaging Oil: The imaging oil used in conjunction with the Indigo's ElektroInk can be disposed of using normal means - it does not require special handling for disposal. To cut down on the consumption of imaging oil in the printing process the Indigo Printer recycles its own oil and, as an added enhancement to that feature, at Precision Disc we clean and re-use our imaging oil to further extend its life.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): During the printing process, volatile organic compounds are released from inks. None of the Indigo inks or other supplies used in the Indigo printing process contain substances that are listed on the US Federal list of Hazardous Air Pollutants as established by the Federal Clean Air Act, or the European Union's VOC Directive.

Ozone Exposure: Ozone exposure levels in the workplace are subject to control and regulation across the world. The Indigo Printer produces ozone at low levels, generated by the scorotron and charge roller that charges the photoreceptor. In regular operation, ozone peak levels are found to be well below the international occupational health standard of 100ppb for an eight-hour exposure level.

Additional sources of waste include empty ink cartridges, used imaging blankets, Binary Ink Developer (BID) and cleaning rags. Under U.S. Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria, none of these waste products are classified as hazardous waste and so they can be disposed of by normal means.

The Inks We Use

The "ElektroInk" used by the Indigo Printer is the single most recognizable difference between the Indigo and all other forms of digital printing. Most digital printers use dry toner, but because the Indigo uses liquid ink it is much more able to reproduce the quality "look and feel" of offset print than other forms of digital print.

  • The ElektroInk 4.0 we use is compliant with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for printing on the non-food contact side of food packaging of an appropriate multi-layer food packaging material.

  • Papers printed by the Indigo Printer using ElektroInk are recyclable.

  • The California Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) is widely known as a landmark in setting high regulatory standards. Indigo Printer products (including ElektroInk) do not contain any substances listed under the act.

  • Hazardous Air Pollutants - ElektroInk and other supplies relating to the Indigo Printer do not contain the substances listed on the United States federal list of Hazardous Air Pollutants.

  • ElektroInk has been awarded the Nordic Swan Eco-Label for use on printed matter - which relates to properties with which the ink is made.

  • ElektroInk complies with the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

  • ElektroInk uses no chemicals requiring Prior Informed Consent under the Rotterdam Convention for use in International Trade.

  • ElektroInk complies with the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer.

  • ElektroInk is not classified as Dangerous Goods under International Air Transportation Association Regulations.

The Substrates We Print On

After taking the environmental-friendliness of the printing equipment and the consumables used in the printing process, the next step is to choose "green" paper and card stocks (also referred to as "substrates") to print onto.

We know that clients are more interested in the how green a substrate is than worrying about the actual brand name. Based on that, we have created our own classification of substrates that provides you with a choice of how much green you want, and then from there we produce your order with a stock that meets your desired amount of green. 


2012 Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.

Factory-direct CD manufacturing, CD replication, DVD manufacturing, DVD replication. Full service CD duplication, DVD duplication. Environmentally-friendly print and packaging including CD digipak, DVD digipak,
CD sleeves, DVD sleeves, CD jackets, DVD jackets. Serving clientele throughout Canada, including British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB) and beyond.
Serving clientele throughout the U.S., including  Washington State (WA), Oregon (OR), California (CA), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT) and beyond.