Generally, printers choose plastic or steel doctor blades according to their graphic requirements (or maybe blade life or safety). But, all else being equal, choosing the eco-friendlier material can help printers reduce their carbon footprint.
Although plastic typically gets a bad rap when it comes to the environment, a European study in 2010 found that there was a net positive impact when products were made of plastic vs. other materials in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions over their total life cycle!
Both materials are made from fossil fuels, but producing plastic is much less energy-intensive than steel. With the added benefits of lighter weight and longer blade life, plastic doctor blades are the more eco-friendly choice.
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