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vFSC Online claims platform now ‘voluntary’, not ‘mandatory’

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has pulled back on plans to make its proposed Online Claims Platform (OCP) mandatory to all certificate holders and has delayed its launch until early 2015.

OCP’s original 2013 rollout had already been delayed due to stakeholder concerns that this would present too great an extra administrative burden for companies such as paper merchants and printers, and so would push companies away from accreditation.

In a statement, FSC announced that OCP would now

Cortec introduces a water based eco-shield packaging paper

Cortec has launched ‘a biobased, environmentally friendly paper that is fully recyclable and repulpable’ - the EcoShield Paper & Linerboard. 

EcoShield is made from recycled paper and coated with a water-based barrier coating. According to Cortec, this environmentally safe product also shows oil and grease resistance perfectly combining moisture barrier properties and oil and grease resistivity into one step.

In addition, EcoShield is in compliance with FDA regulations under 21 code of

Signtrade will sell environment friendly products from 3M

Dubai based distributors of indoor and outdoor signage, Signtrade will be distributing new, environmentally friendly products from 3M including the EnvisionTM Print Film Wrap 480cv3 and EnvisionTM Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G.

Commented a spokesperson from 3M: “This high performance non PVC and phthalate-free film offers great conformability for a wide range of long term applications, such as indoor and outdoor signs. They contain no added chlorine or halogens, are made in part from

Pulp and paper firm APRIL refutes ‘off-base’ Greenpeace attack

Indonesian pulp and paper firm APRIL has refuted claims by Greenpeace that it is turning High Conservation Value (HCV) forest in its concession on the island of Pulau Padang into a plantation.
Greenpeace had published photographs showing clearance of dense forest and drainage of peatlands on an APRIL concession on the Padang island off the coast of Riau, which the NGO presented as evidence that APRIL was lying to customers about not developing HCV land.
However, the pulp and paper firm - the

Kiian Specialty Inks launches PVC-free plastisol inks

Kiian Specialty Inks has launched a new range of PVC-free plastisol inks for textile printing that are said to produce a similar finish to water-based inks.
The Italy-based inks manufacturer has called the new range, which consists of a plastisol with no PVC or “phthalates, free” and will market it under its Manoukian-Argon brand.
“Free inks combine the productivity of conventional plastisols with the eco-friendliness of water-based inks, offering both printers and brand owners the ultimate

Antalis supports the gorilla art project with 2-colour linocut

Environmental art venture Project Hangup was supplied by Antalis for its latest work, a limited edition of linocuts to highlight the plight of the mountain gorilla.
‘Tragically, a Limited Edition’ is a series of 880 two-colour linocut prints produced on Conqueror Bamboo paper supplied by Antalis. The edition was produced on a hand-operated 1878 Albion press.
“In an age dominated by social and digital media, it’s a joy to work with like-minded people on tactile projects that have longevity, such

New ink from Sunjet, Xaar helps address contamination fears

SunJet, the inkjet ink division of Sun Chemical, and Xaar, inkjet technology specialist, have collaborated on the development of IK822, black MOF – a new mineral oil-free (MOF) ink that addresses food contamination fears.
Over the past few years there have been growing concerns regarding the contamination of food from inks used on secondary food packaging and the use of recycled packaging paperboard. The packaging industry is striving to avoid the use of materials and substances which contain

PEFC launches new Responsible Business Platform

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) has launched a new online verification platform, the Responsible Business Platform, which will replace the current system whereby brand owners, suppliers and printers have to regularly re-log PEFC-certified papers online, to ensure certification is still valid. The new system means stakeholders will only need to enter the information once, after which a traffic light system will alert them to the expiry or future expiry of a stock’s

HP enhances cartridge recycling activities

HP announced that more than 75 percent of its ink cartridges and 24 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic. This, according to HP, represents a 50 percent increase in the number of  ink cartridges manufactured with recycled content in the last year, giving customers more options for purchasing cartridges made with recycled content.

Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Printing Solutions -HP commented: “From cartridges with

International Paper recognized by Ethisphere Institute

International Paper announced that it has been recognized as one of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

 This is the eighth straight year that International Paper has been honoured with this award. Ethical business practices and standards have defined the company since its inception more than 100 years ago. “International Paper’s commitment to the highest ethical

Presstek unveils its latest plate developments during Ipex

Presstek has launched three new eco-friendly CTP plate technologies at Ipex: a thermal plate for waterless presses, an open-platform thermal plate and a plate for Epson inkjet printers.

The Zahara waterless plate has been launched as a competitor to Toray waterless plates, and is compatible with all sheetfed and narrow-web waterless models. It is rated for up to 100,000 impressions.

“The unique selling point of this plate is it is totally chemistry-free, we process through water, which

Canon launches entry-level recycled digital devices

Canon has launched a Factory Produced New Model digital colour printer portfolio using frames recycled from older models.

The imagePress C7000VPe is aimed at small businesses, particularly in the graphic arts market, commercial printers and in-house production print facilities looking to move into digital print but without having to commit large amounts of capital.

The devices are built by stripping the manufacturer’s previous “best-selling models” down to the frame, reconditioning the

Canon receives 12 awards from Buyers Laboratory

Canon announced that it has received seven Winter 2014 ‘Pick of the Year’ awards, three ‘Environmental Outstanding Achievement’ and two ‘Energy Efficiency’ awards from testing and research organisation, Buyers Laboratory (BLI).
“We’re proud to have been recognised once again in BLI’s Pick of the Year awards and the distinction of this including elements from our laser, MFD, solutions and MPS offerings makes this all the more rewarding,” comments Hendrik Verbrugghe, marketing director, Canon

APP with the year anniversary of anti-deforestation commitment

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has published a report marking a year since it announced its intention to end all natural forest clearance in its supply chain through its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP).

Launching the report at a special FCP anniversary event in Jakarta, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement Aida Greenbury called for greater collaboration among businesses, communities and organisations to protect Indonesia’s forests.

“We are creating management plans

Techserve launches eco-friendly printer

Techserve, part of the Al-Futtaim group’s electronics division, has introduced to the UAE, what it describes as the world’s first eco-friendly multifunction printer (MFP) system that can erase images and text on prints. By incorporating a special toner, the device is capable of erasing images and text output allowing for the reuse of paper, ameinfo reports.
The e-STUDIO 306LP MFP combines with the e-STUDIO RD30 for removing the toner colour from the printed documents. The instantly erasable

NBAD launches eco initiative

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) celebrated National Environmental Day by launching ‘Paper Tree’ initiative on February 4th at its head office on Khalifa Street.NBAD Business Innovation Unit organised the event in collaboration with Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Education Council which involved 7 schools. The students worked in group to paint environmental messages which will be installed on designated NBAD ATMs surround area. The area will have a new compartment to collect

Solar Inks launches Earthinks ‘natural’ flexo and screen inks

Solar Inks has launched a range of water-based flexographic and screen printing ‘Earthinks’ that replace up to 80% of the petroleum-based synthetics and mineral oils found in standard inks with natural materials.
The inks are made from natural ingredients including soy, starch, sugars, dextrin, tree resin, cellulose and other polysaccharides and use natural oils to defoam in place of mineral oils. According to Solar Inks, Earthinks are glycol and silicone-free, contain no heavy metals and have

Konica Minolta unveils recycling programme

Konica Minolta has announced the launch of its Clean Planet Recycling Program simplify the recycling process of consumables for its customers, reported The Recycler.
The programme includes partnering with a “leading global recycler of imaging consumables” to ensure a “zero landfill waste” policy, with returned consumables processed in an environmentally safe and responsible manner without any cartridges being sent to landfill or incineration.
The manufacturer also announced that all materials

Dufaylite launches first outdoor honeycomb board


Dufaylite has launched its first outdoor product, a polypropylene-based honeycomb board, which it claimed represents an eco-friendly alternative to MDF and PVC boards for outdoor work and long-life indoor POS.
Ultra Board Polyprop, a 100% polypropylene substrate, is thermo-welded to ensure longevity and, according to Dufaylite, is substantially stronger than paper-based honeycomb products, which means that as well as being suitable for outdoor use for up to three years, it will have a lifespan

International Paper publishes The Environmental Post

Paper and packaging company International Paper has published the sixth issue of The Environmental Post, the company’s “Green Newspaper”, which contains  news, features and facts on the developments at International Paper and the paper industry in general concerning the area of sustainability and the environment.
The new issue of The Environmental Post highlights International Paper’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, and its progress towards a sustainable future.
International Paper announced that it

International Paper relaunches improved JetSet and JetStar

International Paper has re-launched two brands of papers for high-speed inkjet printing following an upgrade at its Saillat mill in France.
The JetSet and JetStar papers were relaunched as a result of improved performance following the upgrade. Applications for the papers include direct mail, reports & accounts, catalogues and brochures and the papers can be used with all leading high-speed inkjet printing systems, including those from Kodak, Océ, Screen, HP and Impika.
“This upgrade

UPM achieves sustainability accolade in DJSI indices

UPM has been named industry leader in environmental sustainability in the Paper and Forest Products sector in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
This annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment, conducted by investment specialist RobecoSAM, is based on analysis of the economic, environmental and social performance of 3,000 of ‘the world’s leading companies’, with 333 making it onto the 2013/2014’s list.
In addition to being featured in both the European and World

Papers Worldwide will resell eco-friendly papers in region

Papers Worldwide has taken the distributorship of FSC certified photocopy/office paper called Green Planet Office Paper.  The office papers will be distributed in the entire Middle East region.   
According to the distributors, 100% post consumer waste and recycled fibre has been used to produce the paper which is also acid free.
“We have always supported and promoted recycled and FSC paper products. Being the pioneer and official suppliers to several ministries and government agencies, we

New ISO standard for carbon footprint

The Verdigris Project announced the publication of ISO 16759, the standard that describes the framework for quantifying and communicating the carbon footprint of print media. The standard is not a carbon calculator but a specification for what carbon calculators should cover for print media products.
According to Verdigris, the ISO 16759 is the first standard of its kind: a sector-specific implementation of generic carbon footprinting methodologies such as PAS 2050 and TS 14067. ISO 16759

Konica Minolta’s environment- friendly initiatives

Konica Minolta has announced the establishment of its Eco Vision 2050 with a target of 80% reduction in CO2 emissions throughout the product life cycle in 2050, with 2005 as the baseline.
   The managing director Koichi Suzuki, said, “Among the many milestones in our overall Eco Vision, we will actively look to reduce petroleum-based resource usage by 20% (per unit of sales), build up product recycling systems in each region and aim for a recycling rate of 90% or more.”
   According to Konica

Sustainable packaging for SMEs in EAC region

East Africa Community (EAC) secretariat, the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development of Kenya, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Ipack-Ima S.p.A. organized  an international conference on “Sustainable packaging for competitiveness and development of SMEs in the EAC Region”. The conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda on the 3rd and 4th of June 2013. It was supported by the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) and the Italian Ministry of Economic

Canon ME fulfils pledge to plant over 2900 Ghaf trees in UAE

Canon Middle East launched an initiative early this year, where by it pledged to plant a Ghaf tree for every energy efficient inkjet printer, laser printer, toner cartridge, photo lens and calculator product it sold at National Stores showrooms in the UAE during the first quarter of this year.
“Canon’s corporate philosophy of ‘Kyosei’, meaning living and working together for the common good, has shaped Canon’s vision and values, the way we do business and how we interact with stakeholders around

Sun Chemicals for better environment

Sun Chemical, will showcase its wide range of Streamline ink systems for the digital printing sector at FESPA 2013
Tony Cox, Business Manager, Sun Chemical comments: “The general print market is moving to new types of media which are seen as better for the environment. Until now we’ve been printing onto a variety of PVC based media, but now there is a move towards substrates such as polyester based textile materials which are used for products such as flags, banners and flexible signs. Sun

Teijin unveils recycled PET paper that emits 47% less CO2

Japanese chemical and pharmaceutical company firm Teijin has launched a non-woven synthetic paper produced from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
 The company claims that the new paper combines the best features of conventional papers and plastic films.
Applications include maps, tags, posters and labels that need to withstand extreme conditions, especially those that are wet. Unlike other synthetic films it is claimed to offer the scoring, folding, gluing, printing and writing

EPEAT launches green rating system for printers, copiers

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the ‘definitive’ global registry for greener electronics, announced its expansion beyond PCs and displays to include printers, copiers and other imaging equipment.
The registry currently includes imaging equipment from seven manufacturers: Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox. Two additional manufacturers – Konica Minolta and Samsung – have begun the process of registering
products with EPEAT. Combined, these nine