A minimum amount of water consumption occurs during production and machine washdown. To ensure no ink or waste solids enter our ecosystem, Chief utilizes an ALAR-2000 Filtration System which processes all manufacturing wastewater. Our ALAR 2000 equipment incorporates a two-step chemical and mechanical filtration process that breaks the solids and liquids apart and physically removes solid particles from any wastewater. This system filters water down to 1/2 micron (that’s 111000th of a millimeter), allowing us to safely put this filtered water back into the regular water cycle.
To minimize water used by our employees, Chief installed Kolor low flow fixtures that use 400% less water in all employee facilities.
The liquid portions of our inks are water-based. Water-based inks contain zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while solvent-based inks contain 100% VOCs.
Chief operates an internal ink kitchen which significantly reduces ink-related waste. Energy consumption is also decreased by running our equipment at higher efficiencies and reducing ink and color downtime and restarts.
100% of our leftover inks are recycled, re-worked, and reused throughout our printing processes. By mixing our inks, we eliminate the need to over-purchase ink not needed to complete a job. This cuts down on the extra material consumed due to over-production.
Many of the filler pigments used in the production of our inks are natural such as calcium carbonate, clay, and titanium dioxide. These items are required to meet the specific ink color demands of our customers. In addition, standard products such as shampoos, antacids, and toothpaste also contain such natural fillers. Using these natural plant-based resins rather than oil-based resins in the production of our inks reduces carbon dioxide emission by 2/3rds less than a bucket of acrylic resin-based ink.