43 is printed by villanti in vermont, USA, one of the few green energy certified printers in the country. villanti collects, recycles, and reuses all solvents, chemistry, inks, metal plates, and extra paper.
43 is printed on new leaf imagination, a 100% post-consumer waste, uncoated paper. compared to coated papers, it weighs less at a given thickness, and requires fewer resources to make, ship, print, and recycle.
new leaf imagination is ancient forest friendly and forestry stewardship council certified, and manufactured with biogas energy, wind power, and electricity offset with renewable energy certificates, earning green-e® certification. it is processed chlorine free, avoiding carcinogenic dioxins which would otherwise result from chlorine bleaching.
43 is printed with superior biolocity, a line of US made, soy-free and petroleum-free, linseed oil vegetable based inks. linseed oil was the standard ink carrier for 400 years before petroleum oil. the inks are biodegradable, emit nearly zero volatile organic compounds, print brighter, requiring less total ink, and are easier to de-ink for paper recycling than petroleum based inks.
43 chooses not to use ‘soy based inks,’ which are actually mostly petroleum based, and rely on industrial monocrop farming of genetically modified soy beans, carrying various political and agricultural issues.
print vs. electronics
print media is unbound from electronic gadgets, which are designed for a 2 year obsolescence, which are usually disposed of improperly, releasing toxic plastics and heavy metals into the ecosystem. these devices, and their mega online servers, are mostly powered by damaging energy sources, such as mountain top removal for coal. this is responsible for higher rates of deforestation than paper mills, who plant trees to continue making paper, and generate electricity from woody biomass. print also doesn’t require staring at an eye straining electronic screen.
this website is hosted by greengeeks, an eco-friendly awards winning web hosting company. by 2020, the web hosting industry will surpass the airline industry in environmental pollution with the energy required to power and cool servers. to curb that growth, greengeeks purchases 300% wind energy, making them and the sites they host carbon negative.