Healthy Printing Newsletter: March 2020

Published on March 03 2020 | 16:30 hr by Martijn van Santen

Healthy Printing @ Cradle to Cradle Congress

The Healthy Printing Initiative had two very good public sessions at the C2C congress in Berlin hosted by network partner Cradle to Cradle NGO on January 31 and of February 1! Congratulations to the C2C NGO for organizing such a great event!

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a summary:

On Friday afternoon, the big stage was beaming with contributions from our network. Katja Hansen moderated the session and introduced the panelists

Jan Niklas Betz (Vögeli, CH) presented various examples from C2C Gold certified packaging for Calida (see news story below) to C2C Gold printed books.

Bernd Groh (hubergroup, D) & Mark Töpfer (Töpfer Kulmbach, D) talked about their experiences in a supply network cooperation for producing a C2C beer bottle label for Carlsberg.

Tom Ohlendorf (WWF, D) shared perspectives on the role of the Healthy Printing Initiative in the broader discussion surrounding packaging.

Anja Kreienberg (Wildcorn, D) took participants on the journey of packaging development for a start-up and how to share these experience with other start-ups.

Jenny Pfau (EPEA - Part of Drees & Sommer, D) introduced first conceptual images of the Healthy Printing Scout (HPS) - for more information see topic below.

Panelists Ohlendorf, Töpfer, Groh, Betz, Pfau

On Saturday, we had a smaller room which was packed leading to a very interactive session.

Julius Palm (followfood, D) told participants about the broad vision driving followfood’s amazing product developments, including of course the challenges of finding the right packaging for their product range. Participants got very engaged - highlighting the importance packaging plays in so many different businesses.

Markus Dockhorn (Random Verlagsgruppe, D) then opened the doors to the challenges of sustainable book production citing several examples of recently published books, but also calling for a scale-up to really make a difference. Several other publishers were in the room and shared some of their insights as well as printers like C2C-print pioneer Gugler and Vögeli.

Bernd Groh (hubergroup, D) challenged participants to select the most sustainable of three different brochures with different “feels”. Turns out they were all sustainable in one way or another, but only one was printed with C2C certified inks.

Jenny Pfau (EPEA - Part of Drees & Sommer, D) presented the Healthy Printing Scout concept (see below).

Hansen, Dockhorn, Groh, Pfau, Palm

The session on Friday was recorded - you can watch the HPI session starting at time 3:07:40 here.

Most of the participants were German speaking, and unfortunately the simultaneous translation to English on Friday wasn’t recorded. Apologies to our non-German speaking members - please feel free to contact us if you’d like to have more information.

The two HPI sessions were rounded out by a presentation given by hubergroup’s CEO Heiner Klokkers and a panel discussion afterward and Ink World Magazine reported about this in English.

Healthy Printing Scout

The Healthy Printing Scout (HPS) is a central networking platform for buyers and suppliers of sustainable and healthy print products, being developed by EPEA. It provides all the important information regarding sustainability and circularity in one place.

The HPS offers unique multiple-filter search functionality:

•Product type (printed product, publication, packaging)
•Materials (paper, cardboard, textiles, plastics, metal, glass)
•Product components (substrate, inks, varnishes, glues, coatings, sealants)
•Printing processes
•Labels, certifications
•Food/ toy approval
•Recyclability/ compostability of individual product inputs and/ or products

Stay tuned for updates in a few months.

We will be looking to pilot the platform - who wants to be part of that? Please send an email to Jenny Pfau [] and we’ll select the most suitable candidates for the piloting phase.


New Certifications (since last HPI-newsletter, December 2019):
Brigl & Bergmeister – NIKLAKETT MEDIUM – Label Paper Product Group – Material Health Certificate at Silver level – since Feb 28th, 2020


Stories from the network

Our network partner Vögeli reported a very nice achievement with one of their clients: Packaging as sustainable and good as the product it contains. This was the logical consequence for CALIDA for the 100% Nature line. It is the first packaging worldwide according to the Cradle to Cradle certified™ Gold Standard.

‘Het water komt’ (the water is coming) is a manifesto to the Dutch population calling for immediate and drastic climate action if we are to avoid another major flood like the country experienced in 1953. The book is freely available to all Dutch citizens in various formats via the website of De Correspondent. The hard copy version was printed by HPI partner Zwaan Printmedia using Cradle to Cradle Certified inks by HPI partner Green4Print!

Within this spring season 2020 the Knesebeck Verlag Berlin is publishing first books of his program in Cradle to Cradle(R) certified, partnering with our HPI member gugler.

And last but not least, our network partner Dings Kartonages reported that they have printed more than 100 million coasters with the Green4Print-inks for many Dutch and international breweries, like Grolsch, Peroni, Gulpener, Asahi and many others.

Do you also have a healthy printing story to share with the network? Send us your stories!

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