Hubergroup’s Gecko gravure printing inks earned the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Silver Level Material Health Certificate.
“As a printing ink manufacturer, we bear the heavy responsibility to protect both mankind and nature – and we intend to fulfill that responsibility through our products,” said Heiner Klokkers, member of the management board of hubergroup. “In this model, the waste material of an old product becomes the ‘food’ of a new product, either by composting or by reprocessing. It creates a circular economy that goes beyond conventional sustainability efforts. We are proud to be an active participant in that effort.”
Product safety in compliance with conventions like the EuPIA exclusion list, Swiss Ordinance, and Nestlé guidance, is now the industry standard for packaging ink manufacturers.
In mid-2017, hubergroup was the first printing ink manufacturer to receive a Cradle to Cradle certification for its products for sheetfed printing. Today, the company offers a variety of Cradle to Cradle certified offset inks for food packaging and commercial printing. The product range is compliant with food safety regulations for food-safe packaging, both for direct and indirect contact. And it also includes water-based overprint varnishes.
hubergroup’s Gecko ink series received the Cradle to Cradle Silver Material Health Certificate for the Gecko Green Line Premium series. Gecko Green Line Premium is designed for flexo and gravure printing of flexible packaging applications.
“Motivated by our customer Töpfer Kulmbach and by Carlsberg’s project “TogetherTowardsZero”, hubergroup has widened its effort to design a specific solvent based product portfolio,” said Lutz Frischmann, global product director Flexible Packaging.
In addition to the Material Health Certificate, a variety of Gecko products are certified and meet the requirements of ‘OK compost’ and ‘OK compost home’ from VINCOTTE, a Belgian-accredited inspection and certification organization that monitors product safety and reliability.