Media environmental
in large format design printing
Media represents not only a significant expense, but also by far the largest environmental
impact of printing. Therefore it’s important that you choose your large-format media wisely,
and that your large-format printing solution helps you to use it efficiently.
Traditionally paper manufacturing has required large quantities of trees, energy, water, and chemicals such as chlorine. However, papers with
an improved environmental profile are becoming more widely available in large-format sizes.
Choosing a media that has been responsibly sourced and manufactured is one of the most important contributions that you can make to
reducing the environmental impact of your printing. There are a range of criteria to consider. Reputable environmental accreditations for paper
can help to make your choices easier.
According to the
US Environmental
Protection Agency,
it takes more than
200 oz (6 liters) of
water to make an
E/A0-size sheet of
Environmental considerations in
evaluating media
• Look to its source—The materials in an environmentally
responsible media might come from one or more of
a variety of sources such as trees from a sustainably
managed forest, alternative fibers such as bamboo,
recycled content from post-consumer papers, or a
combination. Reputable accreditations require that
the manufacturer is able to prove an unbroken ‘chain
of custody’ for the material used across sourcing,
manufacturing and distribution.
• Examine how it’s manufactured—Chlorine-free media
reduces the toxic impact of paper manufacturing on
the environment. Some papers are now also certified
as using energy from renewable sources in their
• Consider its carbon footprint—Papers made from
responsibly managed resources and/or recycled
content might justifiably be claimed to have a lower
carbon footprint than the alternatives. Additionally,
remember that paper thickness is one driver of its
carbon footprint.
• Check for recycled content—Many paper
manufacturers offer papers with recycled content,
generally consisting of post consumer waste. The
proportion can vary from as little as 10% for some
coated papers all the way through to 100%.
• Recycling — Not all paper-based media is recyclable.
Some papers use chemical additives and/or coatings
for a specific purpose, as is the case with many photo
papers. They can affect the recyclability of the paper.
Environmental certifications for paper
There seems to be an ever-broadening range of
environmental certifications available for papers. The
four selected here are all well established and widely
• FSC certification. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
is an international, non-profit organization established to
promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
• PEFC. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification (PEFC) is an international organization that
facilitates the mutual recognition and co-endorsement of
national forest certification systems.
• EU-Flower. This certification considers both raw material
selection and the way in which the paper is manufactured.
• Blue Angel. This German eco-label certifies products
based on their environmental design, energy consumption,
chemical emissions, noise, and recycling programs.
Media-saving features in HP Designjet printers
HP Designjet printers incorporate features to help you make the most efficient use of your media.
Empty print area detection helps your HP Designjet printer to detect blank areas in print files
and to exclude them from what it prints.
Nesting tools for HP Designjet workgroup printers can manage jobs in a print queue to
make optimal use of the media.
HP Instant Printing Utility 2.0(1 offers realistic print previews and an auto-rotate feature that
can cut printing errors and help to save media.
HP Media and the environment
HP Recycled Bond Paper
HP is committed to reducing the environmental
impact of the papers that the company sells
by establishing one of the most comprehensive
paper policies in the industry. HP’s new policy
ensures that raw materials are used efficiently, give
preference to suppliers which source fiber from
credibly certified, sustainable sources, minimize
carbon production and waste in the manufacturing
process and enable the responsible use and
recycling of paper.
HP Recycled Bond Paper for large-format printing
is made of 100% post consumer recycled content
and is chlorine-free. It is ideal for everyday largeformat prints and even for some presentations.
Not available for all HP Designjet printers
For more information, please visit these sites:
© 2009 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying
such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
4AA2-5684ENW, April 2009
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