Labels Print Eco Friendly

At Labelsprint we take our responsibilities to the environment very seriously. Both in how we print, and what we print on. This section of our site will explain exactly how we feel we offer the greenest label solutions in the industry.

 

Section 1: How do we print?

Focus on
  • 100 % VOC Free
  • Composition Aspects resulting in Food Safety
  • Toner production : Reduce energy and create less waste
  • Recyclability and working towards longer lifetime
  • (ECO)Safety
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Ecolabels

 

Complete VOC free
  • No solvents are used anywhere in the process
    • Not at customer site
    • Not during the production of the toner
  • Dry toner based systems are perfectly compatible with the increasing demand for global reduction of VOC emissions
    • Healthier environment for printers
    • Lower impact on greenhouse effect
No dangerous chemical substances
  • All the Xeikon toners fully comply with the new healthy and safety standards and all known exclusion lists
  • Compliant with
    • ROHS
    • REACH (registration of all ingredients has been covered)
    • Exclusion lists for printing inks, toy printing, packaging printing
    • FDA standards
Environmental friendly ingredients
  • Xeikon constantly improves the composition of the toner and developer formulations
    • Change of resin system production to even more safe made materials
    • Change of carrier core composition to meet new upcoming more stringent environmental regulations
    • Without compromising any of the performance characteristics of the printing system
Approved for food packaging and textile applications
  • Based on
    • the study of the V2 and FA toner types of the Keller and Heckman LLP specialists
    • several migration studies done by different labs in Europe
    • certification studies of Centexbel for the textile applications
    • frequent analytical checks of different labs
  • Not only for main process colours (CMYK) but also for standard set of spot colours (Red, Green, Orange, Clear, White, Blue and Extra Magenta)
Energy and waste reduction in production
  • This is a constant focus point of our toner engineers
  • Toner making requires some energy to make small particles
    • In traditional produced toner to make pressurized air
    • In chemical produced toners to filter, dry and treat the solvent or water
  • Investments in new toner production technology reduced our energy consumption with more than 30% in the last 4 years
  • Re-use of materials and big bag handling resulted in a waste reduction of more than 50 % in the same period !
Green Energy !
  • From January 1st 2010, all toner production at our plant in Heultje is done with certified 100 % green electricity
  • The heat generated during manufacturing (especially compressing air) is reused to heat up the buildings which reduced the need for natural gas to nearly zero !
  • This mark will be placed on bottles and boxes
  • Recyclability and working towards longer lifetime
100 % recyclable paper substrates
  • This is a very hot topic in the (digital) printing world
    • Traditional offset and dry toner technology are perfectly compatible with existing deinking and recycling installations
    • Most of the inkjet systems, UV offset or liquid toner systems cannot be deinked (particles too large, too small or too compatible with the water)
    • Very high concern for paper makers in view of the volume switch taking place from traditional to digital techniques
    • Being "green" is not a partial option - it should be beneficial (or at least as good) in all steps of the lifetime of printed material
Designing for longer life
  • Xeikon R&D looks continuously to improve current printing systems
    • For longer lifetime of engine parts and consumables
    • Less use of toner (by Form Adaption or "FA")
    • Higher image quality, higher gamut
    • Less energy during printing
  • In most cases improvements are backwards introducible in the existing installed base
    • Longer lifetime of complete engine
    • Less waste
(ECO)SAFETY QA-system
  • AMES negative
    • The Ames test is a biological assay to assess the mutagenic potential of chemical compounds.
    • A positive test indicates that the chemical might act as a carcinogen
  • ALGA growth inhibition ; OK
    • to determine the toxicity of the test substance against algal growth by exposing algae at the exponential growth phase to the test substance and measuring the growth inhibition rate against the control
What is the Carbon Footprint of the Xeikon Technology ?
  • In Finland, the VTT (Technical Research Centre) has a lot of know how from the paper industry (Energy Consumption, Sustainable paper making, carbon footprint of paper)
  • We have started up a cooperation to calculate the carbon footprint of our technology compared to offset printing and other digital technologies
Ecolabels
  • The Xeikon technology is compatible with the following important ecolabels that can be achieved by printers


Section 2: What do we print on

At Labelsprint we have chosen our material partners very carefully. All of our suppliers have spent years developing a range of eco friendly label materials, encompassing the face paper, adhesive and backing paper. If you would like full product data sheets of any of the products discussed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
 
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