Healthy Printing Newsletter: May 2018

Published on May 03 2018 | 10:44 hr by Juan Bakker

In 2018, the ban by China on importing many types of waste including paper and paperboard waste came into effect. The ban is creating a crisis in the recycling industry especially in Europe from where large amounts were exported to China. The solution of course is more effective recycling in Europe, which includes more effective design for recycling. Healthy Printing is a basic tool to do that and as a result, has moved up considerably on the agenda.

New members of the Healthy Printing Initiative

So far in 2018, the initiative has welcomed six new members: Ecodrukkers, Lebensbaum, Lokay, Pacoon, WWF and Zwaan.

Save the Date:

Healthy Printing Symposium 2018

Connecting customers and suppliers to scale up innovation and demand

Location: Leuphana University Campus, Lüneburg
Date: Friday 14-09-2018

Personal interaction thrives cooperation. Connecting the right partners generates synergy. This is exactly what this initiative needs in order to work on its essentials: to scale up innovation and the demand for healthy printing products. The symposium will be the first unique opportunity for buyers and suppliers to meet face to face, get to know all the people behind the initiative and to do Healthy Printing business in a different way.

English will be the working language, with simultaneous translation to and from German. We are thrilled to see you there! An invitation with more information will be sent shortly.

Healthy Printing Charter:

The development of a Healthy Printing Charter is a key aspect of the HPI and will shape the commitment of active members of the initiative. It was encouraging to receive so many good comments on the first Charter draft and we want to thank you for that!

In general, we hope to meet most of the suggestions. Based on those, we are developing a ‘final’ version that will be distributed in a few weeks.

Healthy Printing Communication Brochure:

In cooperation with B.A.U.M. e.V. we are working on a communication brochure that highlights the need for healthy printing products. The report analyzes the current market situation of the paper sector, describes challenges and presents practical solutions for stakeholders to achieve a new quality of recycling and optimized use of printed paper. The brochure is being published in May and will be available for download on the HPI website.

Blauer Engel, Cradle to Cradle, Ecolabel:

Distinctions & Similarities

The question is often asked; what’s the difference between the different high-level quality labels and standards, and how is healthy printing distinct from certification? To answer that EPEA undertook a comparative analysis and this will be available sometime in May. One important conclusion; food contact regulations which are often cited as one of the highest levels for printing quality, do not consider recyclability of inks, or the inherent toxicity of substances; they only focus on the migration potential into food. So, an ink ingredient might still be toxic or poorly recyclable, but also approved for food contact packaging because it does not migrate from the paperboard into the product.

Online Questionnaire:

An essential part of the HPI is to know how our partners are progressing. We developed an online questionnaire to get an overview of the current status of members, especially printer members. Filling out the questionnaire provides us with important information on how to increase the availability and use of healthy print products. At the same time, it gives you the opportunity to identify opportunities for optimization and innovation.

Some members already supported us by filling out the questionnaire. To define positive goals and increase healthy print products, the more members participate - the better we know how to continue our journey. For those who didn’t fill out the online questionnaire yet, we would like to invite you to participate in our survey. As well, some of you might have found the questionnaire to be a bit complex so we’ve simplified it and encourage you to revisit!

If you have any questions or remarks, please contact Cedric Wintraecken. Many thanks for your support! The links to the questionnaire are:

We are looking for graphic paper producers:

We are still looking for participation from graphic paper producers who are willing to optimise their papers. So if you have any suggestions through your network, please don’t hesitate to bring that to our attention.


Contribution to HPI Website

For those who have not done so yet, we invite you to contribute to!

We would like to ask you to provide a short text (100-200 words) about your organisation in context of healthy printing. All members have their own page on the website, check them out on Feel free to provide contact information, and/or a link to your homepage or a (healthy) printing dedicated company page. Infographics or flyers can also be added.

If you have any relevant content which you would like to have published on the Healthy Printing website now, or in the future, feel free to bring it to our attention. We look forward to receiving your inputs!

Knowledge Platform

In order to provide clarity for members on mineral oils as well as UV printing, EPEA developed position papers on UV Led & ‘MOSH/MOAH’. These are available on request (send an email to ). We also plan to make them available on the knowledge platform, a new website section for relevant information on healthy printing, in the next weeks.

Healthy Printing Case Studies

On the HPI website we will inform you about recent case studies, which display the practical implementation of healthy printing in publications.

For example “The Trillion Dollar Shift” is printed on paper made from agricultural waste (leaves and stems) by HPI member PaperWise, with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold offset inks by HPI member Green4Print.

And Healthy Printing member Nispen (packaging) just changed over to C2C Silver flexo inks from Healthy Printing member Green4Print.

The Packaging Cluster based in Barcelona, Spain, also a HPI member, will be printing its 2017 annual report using healthy inks.

Healthy Printing was used for the printed communication in the Reversible Experience Modules expo, Europe’s largest collection of products for reversible or circular buildings. The printing was done by Dekkers van Gerwen, using Green4Print inks. Both parties are also included in the expo.

More to come soon!

Social Media Channels

Beginning of May 2018, the Healthy Printing Initiative will inform its members and interested parties about recent developments in the Social Media. We will share relevant scientific articles, announce new members as well as certifications and inform about upcoming events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and support us in spreading the word about #HealthyPrinting


Current members of the Healthy Printing Initiative