Target: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Goal: Reduce the environmental impact of magazines by requiring them to be printed using eco-friendly ink.
Each month, millions of American buy magazines to find out the latest on topics like celebrity gossip, fitness, and fashion. Since none of these topics are of any pressing importance, it leads one to wonder how printing them using toxic ink can be justified. The answer is the same as always: profits. With millions of magazines being sold each year in the U.S., it’s time to start thinking of the impact this has on the environment. Ask the EPA to reduce the environmental damage caused by printing magazines by forcing printing houses to use eco-friendly ink.
Every year, over 350 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown out in the United States. The ink cartridges can take up to one thousand years to decompose, leeching toxic ingredients into soil and water supplies all the while. Making just one of these ink cartridges requires almost a gallon of oil. And one toner cartridge releases 4.8 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the air. Heavy metals like lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury, antimony, barium, selenium, silver, nickel, copper, and arsenic can also be found in inks. These metals, although good for us in small amounts, can be poisonous in larger quantities.
The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD) is available for supplying ink to printers. It follows a strict code of ethics and makes sure inks will be free of cancer-causing dyes and heavy metals. The EPA needs to require that all magazine publishers use ink supplied by the ETAD to reduce the environmental impact of these publications.
Ask the EPA to require magazines be printed with ink supplied by the ETAD.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
Each year, millions of magazines are printed to quench Americans’ appetites for celebrity, fitness, and fashion news. While these magazines may keep consumers up-to-date on menial cultural issues, they can wreak havok on the planet. Inks in these magazines can contain carcinogenic chemicals, metals, and other toxic ingredients. Cartridges also take up to one thousand years to decompose, leeching toxic chemicals into soil and water supplies all the while.
Magazines are not a necessity and often cause people to feel discontent with their lives, bodies, and possessions after reading them — all reasons why it’s not worth damaging the planet to continue printing these publications at all. But as long as people continue demanding them, the EPA at least needs to require that they be printed with eco-friendly ink. It’s completely unnecessary and irresponsible to allow harm to the environment for the sake of keeping the public informed on what’s happening in Kim Kardashian’s love life. We urge you to reduce the environmental damage involved in printing magazines by requiring they be printed with ink supplied by ETAD members.