New white paper unveils sustainability task force at Flint Group Packaging Iinks

With sustainability firmly at the forefront of today’s packaging supply chain, Flint Group Packaging Inks, one of the largest consumables suppliers to the global print and packaging industry, has detailed its vision for supporting circular economies in a new white paper that reveals the formation of a dedicated Sustainability Task Force.

The paper outlines the environmental challenges faced by the industry past, present and future, and examines how Flint Group Packaging Inks, through the

Fujifilm leads globe in climate management

Fujifilm Holdings was recognised for its actions and strategies to reduce emissions and manage climate risks in its supply chain in the past reporting year. Over 4800 firms were assessed by CDP and given a Supplier Engagement Rating, based on answers to selected questions about governance, targets, scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement of their response to the CDP 2019 climate change questionnaire and their overall CDP climate change score.

Fujifilm is among the top 3% of organisations

Market research shows linerless labels as eco-friendly alternative

Future Market Insights conducted a study on linerless labels for retail, digital and flexo printing; and their potential to becoming the eco-friendly alternative.  

Since the linerless labels are designed without a release liner, which reduces the amount of raw material required to manufacture labels, and makes these labels an eco-friendly alternative. Absence of a liner layer saves on extra labour, storage, and transportation costs for end users, and reduces industrial waste and carbon

Brands rejecting plastic could be adding to carbon footprint

The findings of a new report about the grocery sector have found that the switch by many brands and businesses from plastic packaging to alternatives is both confusing consumers and, in some cases, having detrimental effects on the environment.

Green Alliance published the report Plastic promises: What the grocery sector is really doing about packaging last month as part of its work for the Circular Economy Task Force.

Industry insiders interviewed feared that confused consumers might put

Kodak applauds 52 sustainable printers

Kodak awarded 52 printers from around the world with the 2019 Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award.

The programme, now in its seventh year, celebrates printers who are leaders in adopting sustainable practices that benefit the environment, their business and their customers. The winners were judged on a range of criteria by Kodak’s Health Safety & Environmental team, with special recognition going to the top-scoring printers from each region. 

“Those recognized in this year’s Sonora Plate Green

Tokyo Olympic 2020 to have recyclable beds

The organizing committee of 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games decided that the beds athletes will sleep in at the next Olympic and Paralympic games will include cardboard frames made from high-resistance cardboard and mattresses made of polyethylene materials that can be recycled.

The beds were unveiled in September 2019. The measure is part of Tokyo 2020’s plans to be more environmentally friendly.

According to the organizing committee, 18,000 beds are needed for the Olympic village

Konica Minolta on int'l sustainability index

Konica Minolta has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), one of the most prestigious global indices of ESG investment, for the eighth consecutive year.

The company has also been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific) for 11 consecutive years.

Among all the companies in the Computer and Peripherals and Office Electronics sector, Konica Minolta has been ranked first in the social dimension for the second consecutive

Sun Chemical’s portfolio in tune with its sustainable commitment

Sun Chemical showcased its complete portfolio of solutions for the narrow web label and packaging markets and highlighted its latest product and service innovations at Labelexpo 2019, last month. Through the extensive range on display, Sun Chemical also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability.

At the expo, the company launched SolarVerse, a range of highly pigmented, low viscosity, multipurpose UV flexo base concentrates, designed to be easily dispensed through a standard UV flexo

Seven ways to create a green office - Pui-Chi Li, head of marketing, MEA, Xerox

Through Vision 2021, the UAE supports the proliferation of clean energy and “green” growth plans. In 2018, the country was ranked seventh globally for having the highest carbon dioxide emissions. Cities like Dubai are working towards reducing carbon footprint by 2050, especially since the city was titled ‘World’s Most Improbable Green City’ by the National Geographic in 2017. 

At Xerox, we are dedicated to helping governments and organizations to achieve their sustainability goals. Our

HP partners with World Wildlife Fund for forest protection, restoration and management

HP, at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, announced its next steps in creating a forest positive future for printing with longstanding partner and conservation leader World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With the partnership, HP has committed to the restoration, protection and conservation of 2,00,000 acres of forest, an area equal to the size of New York City. As part of the five-year agreement, HP will also support WWF’s efforts in developing science-based targets for

‘Making a Material Difference’ by Avery Dennison at Labelexpo 2019

Avery Dennison would be creating their biggest ever trade show presence at Labelexpo from 24 September in Brussels. Under the theme ‘Making a Material Difference’, the Avery Dennison team of experts will  demonstrate a range of newly launched and significant innovations across four key areas of focus, including sustainable materials and intelligent labels.

Avery’s new product innovations include, rPE - the industry’s first-ever facestock made from recycled polyethylene; rPET - a liner with more

A Cup for Keeps – Dubai eatery introduces reusable cutleries in bid to encourage sustainability

Flow, a healthy eating and creative hub at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, is encouraging sustainable practices among their customers by launching a range of reusable coffee cups and water bottles designed and custom made by well-known Emirati artist Aysha Al Hemrani.  

Customers who purchase a ceramic reusable coffee cup from Flow (AED 45), will receive an instant free coffee fill, plus discounts on future coffee fills. Guests purchasing a stainless-steel reusable water bottle (AED 54)

Soyang ramps up PVC recycling initiative

Soyang Europe has ramped up its new print waste recycling partnership with waste management specialist Blue Castle Group.

The digitally printable media manufacturer said that the PVC Recycling Membership Scheme, which received an initial soft roll-out last year, offers “a much sought-after solution to the industry’s PVC waste dilemma”.

Soyang Europe managing director Mark Mashiter described the scheme as “the first step towards a very real recycling solution to the use of PVC banner material

Smurfit Kappa wins five awards for innovation, sustainability

Smurfit Kappa won the ‘Cool Vendor’ and ‘Sustainability’ awards at the 2019 Deliver event in Lisbon. Deliver is the biggest eCommerce logistics event in Europe.

While the ‘Cool Vendor’ award was given to the company for being the most respected brand and inspiring services, the  Sustainability award recognized the surge of interest in Smurfit Kappa’s industry-leading Better Planet Packaging initiative, which champions renewable, recyclable and biodegradable packaging solutions for eCommerce

Huhtamaki introduces new range of recyclable flexible packaging

Huhtamaki has launched blueloop, a new range of recyclable flexible packaging made of mono-material PP, PE and paper.

Huhtamaki blueloop products use innovative polyolefin structures to pack coffee, snacks, dry food, personal care and other fast-moving consumer products. The range also includes paper-based options to replace plastic packaging.

Huhtamaki noted that packaging is transforming from linear one-time use to a circular model where materials are collected, recycled and reused. This

The Navigator Company to give paper for magazine firm

The Navigator Company announced that as of April it will supply National Geographic magazine with paper for an envelope to replace about 150,000 plastic bag enclosures per year in Portugal.
“This partnership with a prestigious brand like National Geographic is a very important step for our company, which has always been committed to the sustainable development of the planet through the use of natural and renewable resources and the development of sustainable paper-based products,” said Antonio

Clearwater Paper introduces NuVo

Clearwater Paper has introduced NuVo, a new brand of cup stock paperboard that provides foodservice operators choice and differentiation through customized material to fit their specific brand needs. The newly-branded cup stock paperboard is now available to Clearwater Paper's customers. “We are excited to introduce NuVo to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from any other paperboard cup product in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president of the

Two Sides takes on greenwash at councils

Two Sides has highlighted unsubstantiated environmental claims at local authorities and challenged the government to enforce compliance.
In an analysis of local councils, using a random sample of 100, the print and paper advocacy group found that 42% used messaging that claimed printed matter and paper was unsustainable or harmful to forests.

Two Sides' campaigning has already persuaded 335 corporations to remove misleading greenwashing statements, following member complaints. It now hopes to

Siegwerk develops enhanced UV/LED offset inks

Siegwerk has joined forces with INGEDE member Stora Enso, one of the leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper, to improve the deinkability of UV/LED cured prints.

First results of this cooperation have already marked a significant milestone towards more sustainable UV printing products in terms of deinkability in the paper recycling process. Based on these investigations Siegwerk has developed a new UV/LED offset ink system with

Sun Chemical forms partnership with HAVI

Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with HAVI, to bring its SunVisto AquaGreen bio-renewable, natural based inks to market.

Sun Chemical's bio-renewable inks have been certified and specified by HAVI to be a recommended natural based ink solution, ensuring that foodservice brands and manufacturers receive truly renewable packaging ink.

"Over the past three years, HAVI has worked closely with Sun Chemical to help develop natural based inks which not only contain significantly higher

Unilever innovates durable, reusable and refillable packaging to help eliminate waste

Unilever unveiled reusable packaging innovations across nine of its brands, including four new product formats. The new products will be trialled on Loop, a global, first-of-its-kind, waste-free shopping system announced today.

Bringing together a coalition of consumer goods companies, along with international recycling leader TerraCycle, Loop is an innovative new business model for premium durable packaging which is delivered directly to the consumer, returned and refilled. The platform

HID FARGO HDP6600 Printer receives GreenCircle Certification

HID Global has announced that its HID FARGO HDP6600 High Definition Printer/Encoder is the first and only retransfer printing solution for ID card personalization that has GreenCircle certification. The printer’s power-efficient design enables users to save thousands of dollars in annual energy costs for large projects spanning many printers.

The HDP6600 printer achieves its breakthrough energy efficiency using a design that also delivers the fastest overall throughput speeds and shortest time

MagnaColours unveils new sustainability initiative

Water-based textile inks supplier MagnaColours has unveiled BluePrint, its new sustainability initiative.

A corporate sustainability partnership between Magna and ocean conservation charity Just One Ocean, the Barnsley-based business said the new initiative highlights its commitment to sustainability and the health of the world’s oceans.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of global ocean pollution and the impact of unsustainable manufacturing processes from the garment

Michelman opens sustainability center in China

Michelman has opened a new sustainability center in China to foster sustainable technologies and collaboration.

The Michelman (China) Sustainability Center (MSC) is located at the company’s Shanghai offices located in the East Park of the Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao Industrial Zone. The facility features a technology and marketing office, along with a fully equipped development center to develop products and technologies that are sustainable and green.

MSC is part of Michelman’s aggressive

Swanline launches eco-friendly display board

Swanline Paper and Board has launched a new environmentally friendly display board range that is 100% fibre-based yet is resistant to moisture.
Introduced to the market over the last few months following 12 months of trials, the business said Cygnus Eco Board can be used as an alternative to foam boards, foam PVC, fluted polypropylene, PE coated materials, HIPS and other plastic composites without cost or performance penalty.
The FSC-certified product is suitable for offset, screen and UV flatbed

Siegwerk and Komori together develops K-Supply UV inks

Germany-based printing inks maker Siegwerk has introduced high-sensitivity K-Supply UV inks developed in collaboration with Japanese printing presses manufacturer Komori.

In 2016, Komori Europe selected Siegwerk to develop the K-Supply UV inks exclusively for its UV / LED system.

Both companies are currently offering the inks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Siegwerk designed and tested the K-Supply UV inks at its Center of Excellence in Aarberg, Switzerland.

Siegwerk's EMEA

Stora Enso to introduce Performa Brilliance in January

Stora Enso is introducing a new and advanced 395 g/m2 grade of Performa Brilliance by Stora Enso, enhanced with micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC), an advanced, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable fibre-based material that can be used in creating lighter, stronger and more sustainable material.
The new grade of Performa Brilliance by Stora Enso is designed for folding cartons for premium and luxury packaging, where higher strength is needed for improved usability, while meeting the

Stora Enso and FSC enter strategic partnership to promote sustainable forestry

Stora Enso and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) have signed an international partnership agreement establishing a long-term strategic collaboration to develop and promote sustainable forestry.

Stora Enso and FSC have formed the agreement to increase FSC certification, especially among small- and medium-sized private forest owners in the Nordics, Baltics and across Europe. The aim is to increase the FSC certified wood supply. It is claimed that the work undertaken within the partnership

UPM Raflatac’s sustainable Vanish PCR line of ultra-thin clear film labels now available in EMEIA region

UPM Raflatac is boldly taking a leap forward in its promise to label a smarter future. Its new sustainable Vanish PCR line of ultra-thin clear film labels are now available in the EMEIA region. Featuring 90% recycled content face and liners, these "no-label" look labels will allow brand owners to increase their sustainability without sacrificing performance!

More and more iconic global brands are setting ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials. Vanish PCR is the only

Smurfit Kappa continues to build on sustainability achievements with new set of goals

Smurfit Kappa Group, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, has taken the next step forward in its sustainability journey by rolling out an ambitious new set of goals.

According to the announcement, the company has had a long-term commitment to making real and measurable progress against its five strategic sustainability priorities of forest, climate change, water, waste and people.

While Smurfit