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BIODEGRADEABLE PVC MAKES ‘GREEN’ LONGLASTING SIGNAGE A REALITY



Environmental issues are high on everyone's agenda these days and companies are actively looking for ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact, while still retaining professional standards and impact. As a result, Epson is working closely with G3S who are developing a range of biodegradable substrates. Launched earlier this year, BioMedia is its new biodegradable and recyclable PET plastic substrate which is being snapped up by companies around the country for banners and displays.BioMedia is a clever material developed by G3S. It incorporates a micro-organism which, in dark and moist conditions, cuts through the polymer chain, accelerating the breakdown of the product so that it biodegrades within 2-5 years. It gives the look and has the durability of a laminated sheet but biodegrades. Most laminating films cannot be recycled so BioMedia is the perfect 'green' alternative. Copy shops using BioMedia can cut out the lamination step altogether to save costs and time and know that that they are minimising long term impact on landfill and reducing their environmental impact.It is these environmental credentials that has led BioMedia to be used by the British Airports Authority and World Duty Free for many advertising campaigns throughout UK airports. BioMedia is available in a range of thickness and finishes, including a coated version for higher image quality. As you would expect it is compatible with all Epson Stylus Pro aqueous printers and the 64-in wide Stylus Pro GS6000 eco-solvent type 64" large format inkjet printer.

The Epson GS6000 eco-solvent type printer

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is the perfect printer for BioMedia. It uses Epson UltraChrome GS ink, the first Epson eco-solvent type 8-colour inkset, which gives a wide colour gamut and is UV and water resistant. Importantly for the environment and operators, Epson UltraChrome GS ink does not emit harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and is the first major eco-solvent type ink set launched without the need for a hazard symbol or additional ventilation or purification. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000 both environmentally and user friendly. Producing Images at 1440 x1440 dpi resolution, the photo realistic, high impact quality of the Stylus Pro GS6000 gives excellent results across a wide variety of indoor/outdoor display, signage and POS applications.Epson is looking at all the ways it can enhance the environmental aspects of its product range across the board as part of its 'Environmental Vision 2050' strategy.  For example, the Stylus Pro GS6000 was the company's first large format printer to be supplied with a recycling box for its spent ink cartridges. 100% of the cartridges collected through the scheme are recycled: their plastics components are re-used in manufacturing and construction, while metal parts are smelted and re-used in other industrial applications.   www.epson.co.uk