Koenig & Bauer: First Press Manufacturer to Join The Healthy Printing Initiative


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The Healthy Printing Initiative was set up by the International Environmental Research and Consultancy Institute EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency). The Initiative’s target—“To promote the use of eco-friendly substrates, inks, coatings and other consumables for the printing of paper, carton, corrugated board, plastics and other products”—enables efficient recycling systems. Koenig & Bauer has underscored their commitment to sustainable & eco-friendly print products & packaging by joining the Healthy Printing Initiative in their quest to champion healthy & sustainable print products, and to advance implementation of the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept (C2C) in the print industry.

High levels of contaminants & foreign residues can render recycled materials unsuitable for use in new products like food packaging. Holistic & environmentally compatible print processes are seen as a means of raising resource productivity by improving recoverability & maximizing the re-use of recycled raw materials. Preference is given to substrates—inks, coatings and other consumables—that are manufactured in a zero-waste process. According to Koenig & Bauer management, this decision also helps strengthen its network of ‘preferred suppliers’, a number of which are already active members.

Further information on the Healthy Printing Initiative can be found at https://www.healthyprinting.eu

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