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Bordeaux Inc. - 2/27/2009

Protecting the Environment

Making inks “greener” is a primary focus of Bordeaux. It is all about reducing VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) 
containing Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP’s) levels in inks products.

In the digital inkjet world; “solvent” is used to describe any ink that is not water-based. These inks use aggressive 
solvents with poor health and environmental profiles. They contain HAPs, TAPs (Toxic Air Pollutants), VOCs and 
have low PEL’s (Personal Exposure Limit) as set by OSHA, a limit to protect the health of printer operators.

What qualifications determine whether an ink is defined as "green"?

There are a few common solutions in the market:

Mild/Light Solvent Inks: These inks are similar to traditional solvent inks, but with less aggressive solvents. 
However, these inks still require ventilation in the area where printing is done. Bordeaux produces a variety of 
these inks for Mimaki printers using our Mix & Match technology.

Eco-Solvent: These inks are less aggressive than Mild/Light/ Solvent-based inks. The inks are very low odor, 
and do not require active ventilation. However, there should be adequate air exchanges in the area around the 
printer.  Bordeaux has been very successful with our Mix & Match inks in the Roland printers and they also are 
now being used in Mutoh printers. 

Ultraviolet (UV) Curable Inks: These inks have no VOCs, along with low PELs but direct exposure to them before 
printing (inks are cured with UV light making them inert) should be avoided.  Bordeaux produces a new versatile 
UV ink that can be used for both roll-fed and flatbed UV printers .  

Aqueous or Water-based Inks: Generally are regarded as “green”. But almost all contain glycols, which are 
rated as toxic substances. These inks are limited in use for graphics applications because of slower drying. 
They also tend to be less durable and less weather-resistant.  Bordeaux produces a line of water-based inks 
mostly sold outside the North American market.

Please share the green inks available from your company. What makes them green?

At Bordeaux we refer to ourselves as “The Green Ink Experts”.  The reason for this is based on our “Green Focus” 
which is:

1)    Continuing program of improving our mainstream ink families to make them “greener”. Our efforts go toward 
the “greening” or use of more environmentally oriented solvent systems having lower VOC’s, HAP’s and higher 
(more favorable) PEL’s in all our current products.

2)    Development of a unique family of “Green inks” based on the use of non-hazardous, non-polluting and 
non-HAP solvent system. “Prime Green” ink, “PgNr”, is the initial release designed for the Mimaki JV5. 

3)    Our “Green inks” and our other Eco oriented solvent-based inks are produced without sacrificing any of the 
qualities needed to make them the best ink value in the industry. In other words, the achievement of “Green 
Quality” is made without sacrificing fast drying, low odor, superior color gamut, media versatility, excellent 
adhesion, and outdoor durability. 

4)    Low Cost is still maintained! “Green inks” are not made with expensive or experimental products, but with 
an available organic derivative that Bordeaux’s skilled R&D team spent countless hours to formulate into a high 
quality and high stability ink. 

We are continually scanning the industry and reviewing the offerings of the OEM’s and alternative ink 
manufacturers to maintain a state-of the art focus on being the leaders in the development of state-of –the art 
“Green inks”.

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