The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Products Innovation Institute has awarded the flexo and gravure ink from the hubergroup’s series Gecko Green Line Premium with a Bronze certification, assuring printers and packaging manufacturers that the composition and production of the ink series are designed sustainably.
In 2018, Gecko Green Line Premium received 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 the Bronze level for the ink series.
As part of this certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute evaluates environmental, human toxicity and the categories of recyclability/circularity, use of renewable energy and carbon management, responsible water management and compliance with social standards.
‘We look at sustainability holistically,’ commented Dr Lars Hancke, business development manager for flexible packaging at hubergroup. ‘After receiving the C2C Certified Material Health certificate, the logical next step for us was to organize our actions and processes even more sustainably. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program was exactly the right approach for us, as it is very comprehensive and rigorous.’
Dr Lutz Frischmann, global product director for 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.’
hubergroup now offers printing inks with full Cradle to Cradle certification for all printing processes, enabling various applications.