About Healthy Printing
One of our main objectives is to make printed paper products bio-compatible. Because when paper products are bio-compatible, they are also economic resources for recycling.
To achieve this, for now, our we focus on optimizing offset, flexo, and gravure inks for publications & packaging. We look at the complete product, but the biggest short term opportunities lie with these inks.
There are three ways to improve the quality of your printing
1. Introduce your printer optimized products and suppliers
2. Work together with an existing printer using optimized products
3. We work with your printer to optimize products
In each case, EPEA coordinates the process, and relieves you. Interested in the possibilities? Contact us!
Healthy Printing! involves putting diverse partners together, including customers, printers, paper suppliers and ink suppliers. It also involves knowing what is on the way to being healthy and what is not. Here are a few of the activities we’re involved in to achieve Healthy Printing;
- We currently have 3 - 4 pilot projects running with partners who are customers for healthy printing, printers, or ink suppliers, and in many of these cases everybody works together to implement solutions. Among the projects are printing labels for beverage bottles, and printing for packaging. If you want to get involved in your own pilot, contact us!
- Researching relevant topics. Are you familiar with MOSH and MOAH? How do you compare certified printing products? Which advantages can be claimed from healthy printing? There are conflicting messages in the marketplace, and our scientific team at EPEA is putting together clarifications.
- Certifying inks. The number and variety of C2C-certified inks is expanding! See links here.
- Questions to ask your printer. If you are a customer for printing, here are a few tips on what to ask your printer.
- Growing the alliance. Today more than 20 members have joined the Healthy Printing Network from almost every part of the printing supply chain, from customers who use printed materials to printers, ink suppliers and recyclers. We are still actively seeking members for the alliance.
If you want to improve the quality of your printing, contact us!
Healthy Printing Charter
Printing has a tremendous history, and a great potential future with innovations in packaging and 3D printing. The industry is also improving environmental & social performance of its products. Experience from that history suggests that healthier printing increases resource productivity by improving recyclability as well as increasing the use of recycled feedstock, and supports optimal conditions for a healthier economy.
Healthy printing improvements vary between products and regions, so it makes sense to share and scale up best practices. The following Healthy Printing Charter is designed to do that by supporting knowledge transfer and scale up of methods for printing that are healthy for people, the economy and the environment.
We welcome you to join the Healthy Printing movement and sign the charter. Click here to visit the Charter page.
Position on Recycling, Plastic, and C2C Certification
At the 2018 Healthy Printing Symposium in Lüneburg Germany some information was requested on the position of the Healthy Printing Initiative (HPI) regarding paper recycling, plastics and certifications.
HPI’s priority is to fully support the maximum number of times paper fibre can be recycled. This is reflected in the Introduction to the Healthy Printing Charter and in the pilot projects. Printed paper should only be returned to the soil or used for energy recovery after other recycling options are exhausted.
HPI does NOT recommend plastic substrate over paper. Substituting plastic for paper only makes sense in specialized cases e.g. high-grade photographic processes where a technical cycle is practical.
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification is not a pre-requisite to achieve healthy printing. Specifc parameters are recommended for Healthy Printing on this website, but these do not require certification to be achieved. In fact, it often makes sense to invest in optimising a product instead of certifying its existing status.
For further questions on these positions contact the HPI team.
The value of Healthy Printing
Healthy Printing network partners B.A.U.M., Cewe, EcoMedia, EPEA, Green4Print, Heider Druck, hubergroup, Ingede,Töpfer, Veolia, Vögeli, VPK Packaging and WWF Germany present why they are members of the network and how they work towards optimizing printing to support healthier paper flows in a 3-part video series.