19 Jan 2021

Sun Chemical Earns Strongest Sustainability Results from NAPIM’s Index Rating for Commercial Sheetfed Inks

Sun Chemical Sustainability

Strengthening its position as a sustainability leader in the inks, pigments and coatings industry for its customers, five of Sun Chemical’s commercial conventional sheetfed inks have earned the highest average index ratings in the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) bio-renewable content (BRC) certification program to date.

The five inks, SunLit Diamond, SunPak Diamond, SunLit Intense, SunLit Exact and SunLit Express, each received a BRC index of 80, an objective rating that means Sun Chemical’s inks use an average of 80 percent renewable resources.

The BRC labeling program is an initiative by NAPIM used to evaluate and minimize the environmental impact of printing inks. The BRC index number is a quantifiable value that is calculated to represent the range of bio-renewable content. The program includes a NAPIM registered label that can be applied to the ink container and a comparable design for use by a printer that uses the inks.

“This achievement is testimony to Sun Chemical’s commitment to sustainability and validates our efforts to develop products that have minimal impact on the environment,” said Michelle Hearn, director of marketing, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “One of our goals has been to increase the use of renewable materials in our commercial sheetfed offerings to the highest possible levels, and we will work hard to continue improving on what we have already accomplished.”

EFI’s VUTEk QS Series r Ink Approved by Nordic Ecolabelling Board

Nordic Ecolabel

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, is happy to announce that EFI’s VUTEk QS Series r Ink has been approved by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board, and print companies may now refer to the approved ink when documenting their application for a Nordic Ecolabelling license. In order to achieve Nordic Ecolabelling status, printing companies agree to follow a certain criteria set, which includes the use of approved media and ink including the VUTEk QS Series r Ink.

Established in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Ecolabel’s goal is a sustainable society through sustainable consumerism. Commonly known as the Swan logo, it is the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, and it covers 66 product categories, including cleaning products, furniture, toys, hotels, restaurants and printing businesses. Over 200 printing companies throughout Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland are ecolabel-licensed, meaning they have shown that they and their entire supply chain meet a number of environmental requirements, which make them some of the least polluting businesses in the printing industry.

The voluntary approval process for inks consists of tests for environmentally harmful substances, health hazards, problematic chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. The VUTEk QS Series r Ink is one of the industry’s first inks to be approved for referencing within a print business’s application for a Nordic Ecolabelling license.

“The QS Series r Ink is a great example of the company’s long-held commitment to the environment,” says Scott Schinlever, vice president/general manager EFI Rastek and EFI Ink Business. “EFI wholeheartedly agrees with the Nordic Ecolabel’s goal of sustainable society through sustainable consumerism, and we’re proud to offer yet another eco-friendly product to our customers.”

Sun Chemical becomes UK sponsor for Colorgreen’s free and easy ink disposal initiative


Colorgreen Recycle Keyboard

Realising the magnitude of increasing environmental pressures, Sun Chemical has now joined IGS UK as an important UK sponsor of Colorgreen’s incentive which encourages users of solvent-based wide-format printers to dispose of their used cartridges. By using the company’s free recycling service, businesses are not only helping to reduce landfill but are also complying with legislation being brought into force by the Health & Safety Executive.

The brainchild of IGS UK, specialist UK ink distributor, Colorgreen is a free recycling scheme which is easy to integrate into existing green schedules and policies. By registering on the Colorgreen web site, participants are sent boxes which, when filled with used cartridges, are collected and replaced by courier.

Simplicity has proved to be the key with Colorgreen, confirming that working within environmental parameters need be neither costly nor complicated to bring into effect. The added attraction to users of wide-format solvent-based ink cartridges is that the responsibility is transferred away from their businesses to a third-party specialist who will take care of removal and disposal.

Returned cartridges are either recycled for further use or, depending on their condition, are broken down and used in new products which utilise recycled materials. The Colorgreen initiative is successful in simplifying the red tape and mystery surrounding the disposal of waste products which contain hazardous elements.

Since introducing the scheme, 61 companies signed up immediately to be regular users of the Colorgreen initiative. Growth is estimated to be double that number each month, and this looks set to increase with Sun Chemical’s sponsorship and as legislation becomes more stringent. Colorgreen also offers links on its web site to the key sources which should be studied by every user of solvent-based wide-format printers in order to understand environmental law as it stands today.

Further information and sign-up information is available by visiting www.colorgreen.co.uk


Océ gains PEFC sustainability certification

Oce Sustainability

More than 80% of Océ wide format plain paper media now environmentally certified

Océ Imaging Supplies, one of the world’s largest paper converters and market leader in wide format printing media, has gained PEFC sustainability certification for a large part of its product range.

Provides sustainability assurance of Océ papers

The PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certification gives users a number of important assurances about the sustainability of the Océ papers concerned. As a result of this certification, Océ is entitled to use the PEFC label and logo on its packaging. In addition to the new PEFC certification, Océ also holds the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification.

Committed to sustainability throughout value chain

“These certifications give users of our papers a further assurance of our commitment to sustainability right through the sourcing and production chain,” says Hans van der Laan, International Product Manager of Océ Imaging Supplies. “PEFC provides a transparent system of tracking extending from forest right through to end-product, giving users the assurance that the products originate from legal and sustainable sources. By 2010 more than 90% of the paper volume sourced by Océ will carry a certification label for paper coming from sustainable sources.”

Basis for credible and sustainable procurement

PEFC certification now forms the basis for a credible and sustainable paper procurement policy by providing a fully audited, verifiable supply chain from forest to end use. This allows companies to integrate Chain of Custody certification into their own quality management and control systems. Certification was granted to Océ Imaging Supplies following a detailed audit of the company’s sourcing and production policies.

Certification covers wide range of Océ papers

The PEFC certification applies to 75% of the volume of Océ wide format plain paper media. LFM054 Océ Red Label Paper and LFM022 Océ Black Label Paper are PEFC certified. LFM116 Océ Top Label Paper is FSC certified. Full information about other Océ PEFC and FSC certified media grades can be found in the Océ Media Guide.

Five lucky winners of the new Two Sides competition will see sustainable forestry and papermaking in action

Two Sides

Five lucky winners of the new Two Sides competition will see sustainable forestry and papermaking in action

Two Sides is offering five competition winners the opportunity to visit the forestry and papermaking facilities of  one of Europe's leading paper producers. The competition is part of the Two Sides multifaceted awareness campaign recently launched across the UK to promote the sustainability of print and paper as 'Renewable, Recyclable and Powerful'.

"The prize is a fantastic opportunity to spend time in some of Europe's forests, seeing how trees are harvested and then replanted, and then follow the pulping process through to final paper production," says Two Sides spokesman Martyn Eustace. "Seeing paper being made, and realising how trees are a natural and renewable resource is always a trip that people remember. There are those that believe that our forests are diminishing but in Europe, where more than 90% of our paper comes from, forests have grown by 30% since 1950 and are increasing by 1.5 million football pitches every year."

Hosting the visit for five winners are Stora Enso, UPM Kymmene, Mondi Uncoated Fine Papers, grupo Portucel Soporcel and Sappi. These organisations will look after the winners and their colleagues over two or three days, and ensure that there is time not only for discovering more about the industry but also relaxing and enjoying some of the local hospitality.

It is easy to enter the competition on the Two Sides website (www.twosides.info), where visitors can also find facts and figures plus general information about the sustainable graphic communication supply chain.

Two Sides direct mail campaign sends a green message about Print and Paper

Two Sides

The Two Sides' campaign to raise awareness about Print and Paper's good environmental record and dispel many myths that people may have is gaining momentum. The second postcard pack is due to hit the desks of 21,000 media specifiers and influencers around the UK over the next couple of weeks.

The creative postcard campaign has been designed and coordinated by the 300million agency and integrated communications management firm The Lateral Group. Two Sides is targeting those who have the most influence in the choice of communications media including: agencies and designers, corporates, retailers, government, journalists, politicians and publishers.

The latest mailing features six postcards (printed on Freelife Cento and Vellum donated by Fedrigoni) that educate and enlighten.  Each card is illustrated by Holly Sims a London-based, freelance illustrator creating exciting, colourful and bold illustrations for companies including, most recently, Orange. Combining the textured look of printed and stencil shapes, with clever compositions and ideas, Holly's illustrations perfectly reflect the creative properties of paper.

"It's important to correct many common misperceptions about the production and use of print and paper", explains Martyn Eustace, Two Sides Director. "It is an essential part of today's media mix and we are working hard to wake people up to the fact that print media is powerful and sustainable."