Johannes Gutenberg invented the letterpress in 1440. It used local materials, sustainable paper and ink to create high quality prints for hundreds of years.
Modern digital printing uses electric energy to power machines and releases volatile organic compounds which can harm your health. It also uses non-renewable oil based inks which have a negative impact on the environment. Digital printing is on the rise with the huge increase in packaging and promotional materials.
Hand and Ink is a self powered letterpress that prints business cards, merchandise tags, and other small designs. The press encourages small scale production, an honesty of materials, and sustainability in printing.