Back in 2018, Gecko Green Line Premium was the first flexographic and gravure ink series worldwide to receive the C2C Certified Material Health Certificate at the Silver level. Since then, the ink specialist has continued to push the issue of sustainability within the company and has now achieved full certification at Bronze level for the ink series.
After the recent announcement of the Cradle to Cradle certification for its water-based HYDRO-X series, hubergroup Print Solutions is now following up with solvent-based inks. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute certified the flexographic and gravure ink series Gecko Green Line Premium with Cradle to Cradle Certified® Bronze. With this, hubergroup gives printers and packaging manufacturers the assurance that the composition and production of the ink series are designed sustainably.
As part of this certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute does not only evaluate environmental and human toxicity (‘material health’) but also the categories of recyclability/circularity, use of renewable energy and carbon management, responsible water management and compliance with social standards.
Dr Lars Hancke, Business Development Manager Flexible Packaging at hubergroup, explained, ‘We look at sustainability holistically. After receiving the C2C Certified Material Health certificate, the logical next step for us was to organise our actions and processes even more sustainably. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Programme was exactly the right approach for us as it is very comprehensive and rigorous.’
Dr Lutz Frischmann, Global Product Director Flexible Packaging added, ‘Printers and packaging manufacturers can use our Gecko inks as usual. The certification has no impact on the application – it just gives our customers the assurance that we use high-quality, sustainable and forward-looking products.’
Whether for water-based or solvent-based flexo and gravure printing, or even for offset printing – hubergroup now offers printing inks with full Cradle to Cradle certification for all these printing processes, enabling an extremely wide range of applications.