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

Google slammed over ‘paper less in 2013’ campaign


Two Sides and the Printing Industries of America (PIA) after the search engine giant signed up to the Go Paperless in 2013 campaign
In an open letter to Google chief executive Larry Page and chairman Eric Schmidt, PIA president and chief executive Michael Makin wrote: “We all must do our part to respect the environment, but pitting one segment of the communications spectrum against another is not the right way to achieve this goal.


How would your company feel if the almost 1 million

Verdigris urges print and paper industries to ‘Go Google-less’


Verdigris, the environmental awareness initiative, is asking the printing and paper industries and their customers to ‘Go Google-less’. The plea is in response to Google’s Paperless 2013 campaign which urges people to stop using paper. Verdigris wants the industry to stop using the Google search engine and related products such as Google+, Chrome or Android in the hope that Google will reconsider.


The Paperless 2013 campaign ( claims that relying exclusively on

Tetra Pak Arabia launches second awareness campaign

Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has launched its second  media campaign called 'Protects what's Good', in Saudi Arabia with the ambition to create awareness among GCC consumers about the benefits of using Tetra Pak's packaging for food products.
"We are delighted that our leading customers are showing such support to endorse our motto: 'Protects what's good'. Just as families protect and care for their loved ones, we take care of the protection and safety of the products packed

DED, EEG sign deal to manage recyclable paper waste

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has signed an agreement with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) to manage and recycle paper waste in DED branches.
DED as a member of EEG will allocate special containers to collect recyclable paper materials and ensure that such paper does not have any left-over food, oil or plastic thermal coating. Paper cartons will be flattened before placing them in the containers to save space and make loading and transporting easier.

Benford’s new system claims to save 75% energy usage

UV & IR drying/curing systems manufacturer, Benford UV has launched a new DualUV system which claims to save 75% energy over a standard UV systems on a B1 press running 24/7.

UV & IR drying/curing systems manufacturer, Benford UV has launched a new DualUV system which claims to save 75% energy over a standard UV systems on a B1 press running 24/7.

This system offers both standard UV ink and low energy UV ink curing in one package. There is standard array of UV lamps for curing the current

XOL hosts educational seminar in Dubai

Lebanon based XOL Automation hosted an educational conference on flexible packaging in Dubai titled "Reduce Waste & Improve Productivity", with speakers from Martin Automatic, Berhalter, Pantec and Gidue.

Lebanon based XOL Automation hosted an educational conference on flexible packaging in Dubai titled "Reduce Waste & Improve Productivity", with speakers from Martin Automatic, Berhalter, Pantec and Gidue.

The speakers focussed their presentations on techniques to minimize or eliminates

Samsung’s range of eco friendly printers

Samsung Electronics have announced their new line-up of eco-friendly printers, CLP-680  and CLX-6260 series which can print images, PDFs, web-pages, office documents from any mobile device for businesses of all size and is said to have high yield toner, and consumes very less energy.
"Our new line-up of printers demonstrates Samsung's strength in the printing industry as they deliver excellent colour print quality that is reliable, quick, and importantly, eco-friendly," said Raj Varma, general

Toyo Ink launches rice bran oil based inks in ME

Toyo Ink Middle East has launched non VOC rice ink for sheetfed offset.


Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing director, Yasushi Namise said: “The ink is based on rice bran oil and hence its raw material does not contain any VOCs. Also the rice bran is later used as fertiliser or feeding animals. Till now the Soya based inks were more popular but soya oil has sustainability issues.

The main advantages of these inks are to the print buyers as well as publishers or packaging manufacturers

Flint backs sustainable printing with flexo, rotary UV LED inks

Flint Group Narrow Web has introduced a series of ink technologies for UV LED curing under the EkoCure brand. These inks will be the first commercially available inks designed for combination print.

EkoCure is developed using specially selected photo-initiators that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output.

Niklas Olsson, global brand manager, Flint Group said, “The UV Flexo inkseries we have developed is based on bio-renewable resin technology

Arjowiggins' new label made with 100% recyclable products

Named Maine 1 Face Natural, the label (the first such label made from fully recyclable materials) was developed by Arjowiggins Graphic in response to customer demand for a 100% recycled high quality label with a natural shade.

In a statement, the firm said: "Developed specifically for the labelling and packaging markets Maine 1 Face Natural has a high bulk for excellent machinability, a one-side satin coating that ensures brilliant print quality and is suitable for food contact. Maine 1 Face

Bottles use more finite sources than carton packs: says study

A pan-European study has found that carton packs for UHT milk use 57% less fossil resources than bottles.

Packaging systems specialists SIG Combibloc commissioned the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) to carry out the life-cycle assessment of 1,000ml carton packs and HDPE and PET bottles at its Heidelberg facility to determine the ecological differences between products.

The study, run across 27 EU countries, revealed that from extraction to distribution and recycling, PET

Ricoh's latex wide-format unit aids green ambitions

Ricoh has unveiled its debut latex wide-format printer series, the Pro L4000, which can print up to 18.1m2 per hour.

Available in two widths - 1,371mm or 1,620mm - the seven-colour machine is being targeted at environmentally conscious point-of-sale and display print businesses.

The L4000 series is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications and is capable of printing on a wide range of substrates, including PVC, coated-paper and textiles.

Offering output as small as four Pico litres in

Goss exhibits 'waste-reducing' machinery enhancements at Drupa

Using Drupa to emphasize its initiatives to cut substrate waste, labour, turn-around times and energy consumption, Goss International displayed machines that needed less energy and minimised waste.

According to the manufacturer, the Goss Colorliner CPS compact-tower press featured a specialised cylinder and roller arrangement that reduced power and energy costs, the enhanced M-600 model has been fitted with 'energy-enhancing' and 'waste-reducing' features, and the Omnicon software that helps

Heidelberg targets carbon-neutral Drupa presence

Heidelberg will use carbon offsetting to make its entire Drupa stand 100% carbon neutral as it looks to highlight its role in helping printers to become more environmentally friendly.

The German manufacturer, which was the first worldwide to offer the option of carbon-offset presses ex-works, said that nearly all of the sheetfed offset presses displayed on its Drupa stand would be fitted with energy meters that measure power consumption per 1,000 sheets.

Heidelberg UK sales director Jim Todd

Chili Publish to unveil more functionality and partnerships

Chili Publish will unveil the latest iteration of its online document editor Chili Publisher 3 at Drupa in Hall 7A (stand C15).

Chili Publish director Kevin Goeminne said the software developer was trying to avoid the label "inDesign in the cloud" as it continued to add greater functionality.

"The market is moving very fast and as such we want to be able to support our customers with the latest functionality," added managing partner Bram Verniest.

New features include the ability to use table

Region's first recycling conference hosted in Dubai on 27-28 February 2012-03-01 1107

The region's first Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference will be officially opened by Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, minister of environment-UAE. He will be accompanied by Hamad Al-Ameri, general manager, The Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi and senior executives from Dubai Municipality.

The Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference Middle East was held at JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai, from 27-28 February 2012 and was hosted by US-based Recycling Today Media Group and Dubai-based Media