Healthy Printing Newsletter: October 2019

Published on October 14 2019 | 10:40 hr by Martijn van Santen

We hope that you had an enjoyable summer! It has been a while since the last newsletter, but we have been busy behind the scene and here are the highlights.

We’d like to start and finish this newsletter with a call to action. Due to the availability of a wide range of certified inks, and a growing number of printers who are using it, healthy printing is easier than ever to do. We’d like to ask EVERY member of the Healthy Printing Initiative to print at least one report this year using healthy printing, and to let us know when you do it. See further information throughout this newsletter.

New HPI members!

In the last months we welcomed several new members: Cambridge University Press, Graphy Cems, Lam’On and PrintArena.


New Certifications (since Jan 2019)

  • Epple - Sheetfed Offset Ink System ‚PURe‘ – Material Health Certificate at Gold level – since Sept 25, 2019
  • Flint CPS Inks Germany – Sheetfed Offset Ink System ‚Novasens P 690 PLANET and Novasens BCS PLANET Bases‘ – Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Silver level – since Feb 01, 2019
  • Flint CPS Inks Germany – Sheetfed Offset Ink System ‚Novavit F 1050 PLANET and Novavit BCS PLANET Bases‘ – Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Bronze level – since Feb 01, 2019
  • Flint CPS Inks Germany – Sheetfed Offset oilbased coating system ‚Novacoat PLANET‘ – Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Bronze level – since Feb 01, 2019
  • Flint Flint CPS Inks Germany – Sheetfed Offset waterbased coating system ‚Novaset PLANET‘ – Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Bronze level – since Feb 01, 2019

Re-Certification with Changes

  • Epple – Sheetfed Offset CMYK-System ‚CC Nature‘ – Material Health Certificate at Silver level (formerly Bronze) – since Sept 25, 2019

Re-Certifications without Changes

  • Schuite & Schuite – Webfed Offset/ HeatsetInk Series ‚UNI500/ MG1500/ MG1800‘ – Material Health Certificate at Silver level – since Sept 15, 2019
  • Siegwerk Druckfarben – UV Offset Printing Ink ‚Sicura Litho Nutri Eco‘ and Overprint Gloss Varnish – Material Health Certificate at Gold level – since July 14, 2019
    Already existing certifications can be found on the HPI Website


Purchasing guidelines for healthy inks now available

If you’re looking for inks that are healthier to use and improve recycling potential, EPEA has developed purchasing guidelines for how to do that - for your use and feedback. The guidelines are the result of many years of development based on EPEA experience with its clients. A main purpose of these guidelines is to scale up the use of healthy inks.

Results of printer’s questionnaire - The need for an industry standard

The results of a questionnaire put to printers reveal what everybody already suspected; there is no widely accepted industry standard for sustainability in printing. How to solve this? The Healthy Printing Charter and EPEA’s comparison of labels used to identify sustainability in printing are a start.

Save the Date - C2C Congress in Berlin 31.01 - 01.02.2020

At the next C2C Congress we are planning several sessions on healthy printing and we are inviting your feedback on topic areas you would like to discuss with HPI members and other participants. Please write us at More information about the overall program of the congress can be found at

First C2C Hardover book by Vögeli

HPI member Vögeli announced that for the first time it has been possible to produce a hard cover book that has been assembled only with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ materials. Everything from paper stock, printing ink, glues, thread, hard cover card board to gauze is at least Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Silver level. For more information see the German language press article.

Another example for the Pureprint PEAK product line is a set of 17 cardboard cubes, each representing one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more!

Sustainable book in the Netherlands by Dekkers van Gerwen

For Ark Nature Development in the Netherlands the HPI member Dekkers van Gerwen produced the sustainable book displayed below. It is not only printed with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ materials, but also the CO2 emissions are fully compensated for - so it’s CO2 neutral. Find out more!

Dings beer coasters are printed with C2C inks from Green4Print

HPI member Dings Kartonnages B.V. is an all-round cardboard packaging producer and the largest producer of beer coasters in the Benelux, supplying to Grolsch, Gulpener and many others. All their beer coasters are printed with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ at Silver level inks from Green4Print.
This is an important step towards developing 100% safely recyclable or compostable products. Additionally, their printing process is free of harmful solvents like isopropyl alcohol (IPA), thereby insuring the health of their employees. Dings fully operates on renewable energy, which is for 25% generated on-site by solar panels. Healthy Printing seamlessly integrates with their ambition of becoming the most sustainable cardboard packaging company in the Netherlands.

Healthy Printing in Turkey

Healthy Printing recently starred in the latest edition of Turkish EKOIQ magazine on environmental developments. The article takes up the progress of the ‘Healthy Printing Initiative’, launched by EPEA with support of the DOEN Foundation to scale up availability of healthier substances in printed publications and packaging. EPEA Turkey intends to bring together the relevant partners in the next months to set up a Healthy Printing platform in Turkey. Find out more!

Have you started any pilot projects - let us know!

Several pilot projects bringing together brand owners with ink manufacturers and packaging suppliers are underway, and we are reporting about them. Carlsberg, reported on earlier, is broadening its greener green to more suppliers and substrate types. A large retailer has adopted healthy printing for its packaging.

Have you started your own healthy printing pilot project yet? How do you print your publicity and /or packaging materials? Print your 2019 sustainability report, annual report, and brochures using the new generation of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ healthier inks. Using these inks will add a great Corporate Social Responsibility claim to your organisation’s programme. Let’s accelerate the process and benefit from the positive developments this year!

What is your news? Please write us at so we can share your story with the community.

Look forward to hearing updates from you and see you all in Berlin!

Sincerely, your Healthy Printing Team