Ecstasy With Your Poster? Inkjet Chemical May Be Addictive
A proposal before the British Parliament intended to control a substance linked to crime and accidental deaths is causing concern in the wide-format community because of the chemical’s presence in ecosolvent inkjet inks.
With the intent of reducing misuse of two substances – gamma butyrolactone (GBL), also known as liquid ecstasy, and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) – the proposal recommends licenses be required for their import, export, production, supply and possession, according to an article in PrintWeek.
“Epson is deeply concerned about the impact these measures could have not only to its own business, but on its customers and indeed the U.K. print signage industry as a whole,” said Epson in a statement to PrintWeek. “We believe it would be extremely difficult for GBL to be extracted from our ink due to its chemical formulation.”
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