Have you been searching for an answer to create longer lasting printed pieces? Particularly in situations where they need to withstand daily wear and tear? Look no further. We may have a solution for you; print on plastic! Plastic can be an exceptional choice of material to use for print projects that need to be durable in a variety of situations and locations.
In addition to toughness, plastic also offers a unique look and feel, excellent quality and to options that can be environmentally friendly. Plastic may be the material you need for your next print project. Here are 4 reasons why you should print on plastic:
Tear resistant, chemical resistant, fade resistant, and waterproof material (some may vary depending on specific pieces), plastic is a strong choice for an assortment of your print project needs. It creates a long lasting, durable element that can be used compared to your traditional paper stock.
With plastic’s durability, you can use these pieces repetitively and for a longer period of time than paper. Plastic is highly recommended in environments like restaurants for menu or signboards, or collateral for events, such as posters, flyers and business cards. It will continue to maintain the durability needed for these challenges applications.
- High Quality
With the right equipment, such as UV sheetfed and some digital presses, printing on plastic can deliver high-resolution quality images and ensure your colors will remain vibrant. Be sure when working with a print vendor, they’re well versed in printing on plastic. If they’re not, it can lead to a longer print process and low quality print job.
- Tolerance of Different Situations
Plastic is chemically stable, insensitive to moisture and temperature material. For these reasons, printed plastic communications can be placed almost anywhere. It tolerates high heat, cold temperatures, or wet environments.
We recommend using plastic for outdoor signage or material you will need to place in locations that are not climate controlled. You won’t have to worry about replacing it often since it can stand up to most weather conditions. This is ideal for outdoor applications such as, event flyers or posters.
- Environmentally Friendly Options
Environmentally friendly plastic has become available in the marketplace. While it may be a more costly option to consider, selected materials are recyclable. For your environmental friendly projects, PET/RPET (recycled PET) plastic should be the material of choice because it’s a better option compared to Duratrans, which is mostly made of PVC. PVC can be filled with toxic heavy metals making it difficult to recycle.
EarthColor has developed a process for printing on plastics called Earth•Everlit for use in displays, at point-of-purchase or signage. is made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester resin with no heavy metals or plasticizers, and no need for additional laminate or lenses. It is completely recyclable and may contain up to 50% post-consumer PET, source from water bottles.
There are numerous types of plastics you can use for your project, depending on how you plan to utilize the pieces. In a previous blog, we discussed 5 things you may not know about printing on plastic with great tips on what you need to know before you begin your project. We highly recommend that you speak to your print vendor once you’re ready to begin to ensure you get the adequate type of plastic for your project.
Do you have any questions about printing on plastic? Contact us today to see if plastic is the right fit for your print project.