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This is the next step in Hotspots’ evolution and shows our commitment to the community and the world at large,” said Associate Publisher Scott Holland. The magazine teamed up with Angstrom Graphics and will now print using vegetable based printing inks which contain soy. These inks are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have been shown to affect the environment and our health. Other benefits are that vegetable-based inks have a greater rub resistance than petroleum-based inks and the clarity of soybean oil allows pigments to reach their full potential. In addition, vegetable-based inks maintain their lithographic stability throughout the entire print run. Not only will the magazine be more environmentally-friendly, but colors will be more vivid and text will be clearer than ever.

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This is the next step in Hotspots’ evolution and shows our commitment to the community and the world at large,” said Associate Publisher Scott Holland.

The magazine teamed up with Angstrom Graphics and will now print using vegetable based printing inks which contain soy. These inks are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have been shown to affect the environment and our health. Other benefits are that vegetable-based inks have a greater rub resistance than petroleum-based inks and the clarity of soybean oil allows pigments to reach their full potential. In addition, vegetable-based inks maintain their lithographic stability throughout the entire print run. Not only will the magazine be more environmentally-friendly, but colors will be more vivid and text will be clearer than ever.

Angstrom Graphics has received the FSC Chain of Custody Certification, which protects ecosystems, their people and wildlife by implementing better business practices for biodiversity and conservation. Using an FSC printer ensures that no endangered wildlife habitats were harmed in the magazine’s production, ensures forest workers rights are protected and wood harvesting is legal and it allows us to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of our world’s forests.

Another great thing about partnering with Angstrom Graphics is that the company recycles their products. Each year they recycle almost 6,000 tons of paper, 25 tons of aluminum salvaged from printing plates and over 6,000 wooden pallets that were previously sent to the landfill. By doing this, Angstrom reduces the need to harvest over 100,000 trees, saving the equivalent energy required to heat and cool 14,000 homes each year and saving enough fresh water to meet the daily requirements of more than 550,000 Americans. That’s a lot of statistics, but it shows the impact of using an environmentally safe printer.

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