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Soy-based ink for Printing

Consider using soy-based ink for your printing needs. Soy ink has fewer harmful toxins than petroleum-based ink and produces much brighter and sharper colors because of the innate clearness of soybean oil. Using soy-based ink makes recycling of the paper easier because the ink is easier to remove in the de-inking process. Soy-based ink prices are comparable to petroleum-based ink, but it takes less soy ink for the same print job. Studies have shown that if all oil-based inks were replaced by soy-based ink --only about 1.8 percent of U.S. soybean production-- soy bean producers could easily supply the demand. Unlike oil, soy is a renewable product, and soy-based toner offers a cleaner and sustainable source.

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