The provider of printing inks for packaging applications and labels has demonstrated its pioneering role in terms of product safety and sustainability by launching its new, low migration UV offset ink range Sicura Litho NutriEco. This innovative UV printing ink system, including overprint gloss varnish, was awarded Gold status of the “Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certification”.

As part of the ink development project Siegwerk partnered closely with Werner & Mertz GmbH, an innovative brand owner that is now set to utilize this new, sustainable range of UV offset inks for its printing labels.

Despite its currently limited color gamut and its suitability for a limited range of substrate, from now on, Siegwerk is also making Sicura Litho NutriEco available to all other interested customers.

According to the EPEA, said Siegwerk, Cradle to Cradle is a design concept that is inspired by the nature and represents innovation, quality and good product design.

In particular, it is about the safe and potentially infinite use of materials and nutrients in cycles. This means that products are rated or benchmarked in terms of production, use and recycling.

EPEA also monitors whether there are continuous product optimization processes in place, which pave the way for improved compatibility between humans and their natural environment.

By awarding Material Health Gold certification, the independent Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in San Francisco (USA) is acknowledging compliance with stringently defined “Cradle to Cradle Chemical Profiling Methodology” benchmarking criteria, which are applied to all components and ingredients of the product in question.

Gold certification is also only awarded to those products, which contain absolutely no substances listed in the so-called “list of banned chemicals”, and which do not pose any carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproduction-toxic (CMR) risks whatsoever, reports Siegweerk.

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