hubergroup launches C2C Silver-certified food packaging inks

29 September 2017

hubergroup has launched Eco-Offset Inks Premium Plus, expanding its portfolio of inks for the food packaging segment.

The Eco-Offset Inks Premium Plus has Cradle to Cradle Silver status. In May 2017, the company launched a Cradle to Cradle Bronze-certified sheetfed offset range.

The Eco-Offset Inks Premium Plus consist of low-migration and low-odor sheetfed offset inks and coatings, which can be used for conventional offset food packaging printing, and inks and coatings for toys.

The Cradle to Cradle certificate is given after assessing how safe a product is for people and the environment. Factors such as the product’s technical and biological recyclability and the sustainable and environmentally responsible behavior of the manufacturer are also assessed.

Conformity of chemical substances with an exclusion list is also evaluated. Permissible substances are evaluated in the context of manufacturing, finishing, recovery and recycling processes, and waste disposal.

The concept is aimed at eliminating waste so as to achieve a perfect product that is broken down to its individual components or raw materials once it is no longer in use, which can be put to use in new products.

hubergroup head of product management commercial sheetfed, Europe, Bernd Groh, said: “Safety first is hubergroup’s credo when it comes to food packaging inks.

"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.”