Hubergroup’s Gecko ink bags green certification

Hubergroup’s Gecko ink series has received the Silver Material Health Certificate for the Gecko Green Line Premium series of inks from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The Gecko Green Line Premium ink is designed for flexo and gravure printing of flexible packaging applications.

17 Dec 2018 | By Rushikesh Aravkar

Hubergroup's Gecko Green Line Premium has received the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Silver Material Health Certificate

Lutz Frischmann, global product director flexible packaging, states, “Sustainability is an integral part of product development at Hubergroup. Motivated by our customer Töpfer Kulmbach and by Carlsberg’s project TogetherTowardsZero, Hubergroup has widened its effort to design a specific solvent-based product portfolio. I am proud that our efforts are bearing fruit and that we are now offering the first solvent-based flexo and gravure inks carrying the Silver Material Health Certificate.”

In mid-2017, Hubergroup was the first printing ink manufacturer to receive a Cradle to Cradle certification for its products for sheetfed printing. The company offers a variety of Cradle to Cradle certified offset inks for food packaging and commercial printing. The product range is compliant with food safety regulations for food-safe packaging, both for direct and indirect contact. And it also includes water-based overprint varnishes.

“As a printing ink manufacturer, we bear the heavy responsibility to protect both mankind and nature – and we intend to fulfil that responsibility through our products,” said Heiner Klokkers, member of the management board of Hubergroup.

Klokkers added, “That’s why we were particularly pleased to achieve the Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Health Assessment Silver-Level. In this model, the waste material of an old product becomes the food of a new product, either by composting or by reprocessing. It creates a circular economy that goes beyond conventional sustainability efforts. We are proud to be an active participant in that effort.”

Dr Lutz Frischmann, Global Product Director Flexible Packaging, Hubergroup with the material health certificate silver