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Printed Solar Cells: Capturing Sunlight on Paper

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The cost of energy generated by solar power has drastically declined over the past 40 years due to new technologies and efficiency improvements. The latest invention in this field comes from Aalto University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Their scientists recently developed a simple printing process that allows to print pictures able to generate power.

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Water Instead of Ink: Is this the Future of Printing?

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Our digitalized world gives us the opportunity to save money and resources by organizing tasks on a computer. But according to a study carried out by the German Ministry of Environment Germans use about 250 kg paper per year and capita. A Chinese team of scientists has now developed a smart and resource-efficient alternative: Rewritable paper that can be printed on with water instead of ink.

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Sustainability and the printing industry

Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, an energetic force in a multichannel communications world.

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Meganews kiosk prints news on demand

Newspaper and magazine publishers have been exploring new concepts to bridge the digital world and the world of tangible print products. A noteworthy innovation: Meganews developed a print-on-demand newsstand that delivers magazines directly to the customer. It thus reduces returned copies and saves resources for publishers and retailers. By printing only the copies that are actually bought, Meganews also lowers the environmental impact of newsprint.

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Ecolean packaging takes a minimalist approach

Ecolean is a Swedish packaging company with a strong customer base in Asia. Its success is due to the popularity of its flexible packaging pouches and the growing demand for food packaging in general, especially in emerging economies. The company takes a unique approach to weight reduction: Its packaging film is made of 40 % chalk blended with conventional PP and PE.

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The Body Shop uses plastic packaging made from thin air

Consumers increasingly demand sustainable packaging. Especially eco-conscious shoppers who buy brands with a green core want to see packaging that is recyclable, renewable or made from sustainable resources. The Body Shop is taking the concept one step further and plans to use methane and carbon dioxide, which would otherwise be released into the air as greenhouse gas, in its packaging.

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Ink researchers find magic in algae

There has been a lot of talk about sustainable ink lately, which mostly referred to soy-based inks. Now, Living Ink is taking a radically different approach with inks made from algae. And: Some of the inks disappear and reappear when exposed to sunlight, allowing for designs with a touch of magic.

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Epson’s PaperLab recycles right in the office

Even recycling isn’t always as efficient as many would like it to be. Paper is usually recycled in an extensive process that involves transporting waste paper from the office to a papermaking facility. Epson strives to shorten the process and recycle paper where it is used: Right in the office.

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