December 14, 2017

Louisville, CO: and have announced the world’s first commercial printing press using Algae InkTM. The commercial print job was performed for Alluvian, a client of EcoEnclose and niche manufacturer of small-batch aquatic botanical soap and sustainable grooming products. 

 Algae Ink is the world’s first modern, commercial black ink made with 100% renewable pigments. As the first fully renewable, toxin-free, and fully compostable ink available, the black ink formulation includes 16% algae cells (pigment) and 63% water; current industry practices use Carbon Black as pigment. Living Ink Technologies is a bioscience research and product company developing the first environmentally safe and sustainable printing inks grown from algae. Living Ink was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop the technology, Algae InkTM. 

Saloni Doshi, Co-Owner of EcoEnclose, says, “By introducing eco-friendly packaging and commercial printing with fully renewable, safe and biodegradable inks, EcoEnclose and Living Ink are challenging the entire ink industry to be more transparent, innovative and eco-minded when it comes to their formulations. Our quest to educate consumers and companies to demand more information and accountability from their packaging and ink suppliers is marked as official by the world’s first commercial printing press involving the use of EcoEnclose eco-friendly packaging with Algae InkTM.” 

Scott Fulbright, PHD; Co-Founder & CEO of Living Ink, offers expert insight as to why algae outshines veggie ink alternatives: “Few people understand that soy and water-based inks are largely made with petroleum-derived pigments. Unlike other plant-based alternatives to petroleum, algae grows with just water, sunlight and CO2. It absorbs CO2 in its production, and it grows at a rapid rate. Soy, on the other hand, is completely reliant on gas, diesel and electricity from production, all the way through harvesting and processing. Algae inks are completely biodegradable, making for better compost, more effective removal of printing ink from paper fibers in the recycling process, and purer waste streams.” 

 EcoEnclose () is the leader in environmentally friendly packaging and shipping supplies. EcoEnclose is committed to bringing eco innovation and transparency to the world of ecommerce packaging, and to helping ecommerce companies improve the environmental footprint of their products and operations.

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