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Soy Based Inks

Soy Based Inks

McTaggarts use environmentally friendly soy-based printing inks in their offset printing processes. Soy-based inks are more environmentally friendly and safer than traditional petroleum-based inks in many ways, and not just because they are biodegradable.

More importantly, a fraction of the energy is required to produce soy-based inks in comparison to petroleum-based inks. Cultivation of soybeans uses only 0.5 percent of the total energy necessary to produce the ink. Much of the crop requires no irrigation, limited fixed nutrients and leaves fewer agricultural residues than other crops.

Soybean oil is naturally clearer than petroleum distillates and other vegetable oils, making it easier to obtain a vibrant ink colour on the press. This biodegradable alternative allows McTaggarts to maintain a great print quality whilst using a much cleaner alternative than other oil based inks on the market.