Mercer Color's Guidelines for a Green Pressroom

There have been hundreds of articles published about green manufacturing and printing. Very few get to the core.

In the pressroom there are many variables that are all related and inter-react with each other performing the print process.

Using pressroom products that are made to compliment and work in unison is a vital key to the green pressroom.

All manufacturing consumes energy.  If the consumables used for manufacturing can reduce or eliminate energy consumption it has established itself as a contributor to less energy requirements.

We have come up with rules that will contribute to using less consumables and energy to manufacture your printed product.

Rule #1  Use Pressroom Products that have a minimal or non Hazardous Ingredients per the following rules and regulations.  

A.  There are no ingredients subject to reporting under Section 313 of 40 CFR Part 372 or Class 1 or 11 list of
ozone depleting substances as defined by 40 CFR Part 82
B. None of the components used in the products are listed by IARC, NTP, OSHA, or ACGIH as a carcinogen or reproductive toxin.

If there are any Hazardous listed materials make sure that they have a Health rating of 1 or less and contain no more than 9%.


There are many everyday household products that we will not use in our facility because when they are used in any business they require a MSDS sheet. A large number household

products would not meet our rules for green manufacturing.


Rule # 2  Only use pressroom products that have a Flash point greater than 200ºF/ 95ºC

Rule #3   Product is free of CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 listed materials

A.  Proper wording is as follows:
This product contains no level of listed substances, which the State of California has found to cause cancer,
birth defects or other reproductive harm, which would require a warning under the statute.

Rule # 4  The products must be certified to Coneg/TPCH specification's and verified by and independent lab.

Rule # 5  The product should not contain any of the following phthalates



Rule # 6
    The product should not contain any  EPA Priority Persistent Bioaccumulative & Toxic Substances.

Rule # 7
    The ink dries by itself and does not require external energy.

A.  No UV required
B.  no IR  required 
This alone can be a savings of up to 50% of the required power

Rule # 8    Items 1 through 6 must be on the MSDS sheets.  

When all of the above criteria is met usually the following will occur.