Companies in the graphics industry are not particularly keen on certifications, generally citing cost and hassle as reasons not to bother. This is short sighted because certifications provide various assurances, not least for safety and process reliability and quality assurance. We are seeing a rising number of certifications in the business, particularly as packaging innovations grow. These are for digital printing systems using ISO 12647-2 (Process control for offset printing) as well as for materials and consumables such as inks.
One of the biggest difficulties with solving the recycling and pollution problems the graphics industry faces, is where to start. Identifying what’s most important to solve now, what can wait and of course how to solve the problem, as the clock ticks on. Fortunately in our industry inventions are coming thing and fast. Not only are we seeing special interest associations forming, but makers of materials are designing their products to be easier to recycle.
Here’s a clever idea: watermark packaging so that a sorting system can be more accurate and recycling processes more efficient.That’s what AIM, the European Brands Association, is encouraging companies to do. AIM represents manufacturers of branded consumer goods in Europe, and is particularly concerned with matters relating to their ability to design, distribute and market their brands. Directly or indirectly through its corporate and national association members, the group represents 2500 businesses ranging from small to medium sized enterprises through to multinationals. The group has set up a project called Holy Grail 2.0, which sounds like it might well be a joke. Joke or not, over 85 companies have signed up to Holy Grail 2.0, most recently Sun Chemical, a leading maker of printing inks, coatings, pigments, polymers, liquid and, solid compounds, and application materials.
FINAT the association for the self-adhesive label industry in Europe has announced CELAB-Europe. The organisation is a European consortium set up to develop a circular economy business model for self-adhesive label materials in Europe. It was founded by four companies including Arconvert-Ritrama part of the Fedrigoni Group Arconvert-Ritrama, Avery Dennison, Herma and UPM Raflatac and is hosted by FINAT.
Has to be a contradiction in terms, right? Environmentally friendly print might also be a contradiction in terms for many people. There are still far too folk who don’t get that paper is a sustainable resource, or that print has a one time carbon footprint. It’s recyclable and an independent archive that’s easy and convenient to access. Its user interface is simple, its accessibility universal and it’s gorgeous. Even if you never read the books you buy, you own them because they declare something of yourself to the world. Look at all those carefully curated backdrops on Zoom.