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Title:Controlling Plastisol Ink Waste in Textile Screen Printing
Author(s):Kinter, Marci
Subject(s):Screen process printing -- Environmental aspects
Printing ink -- Environmental aspects
Printing ink -- Recycling
Printing industry -- Pollution prevention
Printing industry -- Source reduction (Waste management)
Abstract:Plastisol is general name given to the PVC (polyvinyl chloride) inks that are used in textile screen printing. These inks are extremely diverse in opacity, viscosity, application, and finish appearance. Plastisols are solvent free and are cured with the application of heat at temperatures between 300°F and 340°F. In the liquid form, plastisols will not gel or cure without heat, making them extremely easy to use and the most popular ink system for printing textiles. This ease of use can also make printers a little less diligent than they should be in the proper storage and disposal of the product. An open container of plastisol can remain useable for many years without becoming unworkable.
Issue Date:2004
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center
Series/Report:PNEAC Fact Sheet
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-02

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