After hubergroup launched an extensive Cradle to Cradle Bronze-certified sheetfed offset range in May 2017, the company is now taking its new portfolio for the food packaging segment to market under the name hubergroup Eco-Offset Inks Premium Plus, which has Cradle to Cradle Silver status.
Eco-Offset Inks Premium Plus comprise low-migration and low-odor sheetfed offset inks and coatings for conventional offset food packaging printing, as well as inks and coatings suitable for the manufacture of toys.
The Cradle to Cradle certificate assesses and verifies how safe a product is for people and the environment. The technical and biological recyclability of the product and the sustainable and environmentally responsible behavior of the manufacturer together form an overall concept. Chemical substances are tested with regard to their conformity with an exclusion list, and permissible substances are evaluated in the context of the standard manufacturing, finishing, recovery and recycling processes, through to waste disposal.
The goal of this concept is to achieve an ecologically perfect product that, once it is no longer in use, is broken down to its individual components or raw materials, which in turn can be put to use in new products – thereby eliminating all waste.
“Safety first is hubergroup’s credo when it comes to food packaging inks,” said Bernd Groh, the company’s head of product management commercial sheetfed Europe. “Food packaging that is printed with our low-migration inks complies with all regulatory requirements and also those laid down by brand owners; no unevaluated ink constituents migrate to the package contents. These MGA inks and matching MGA overprint coatings now also possess Cradle to Cradle Silver status.”