Sustainable Printing Inks: Enhancing Environmental Impact and De-inking Efficiency


In today’s era of environmental consciousness, businesses across industries are seeking sustainable solutions to reduce their ecological footprint. One area where significant strides have been made is in the realm of printing inks. Sustainable printing inks offer a greener alternative that not only minimizes environmental impact but also enables effective de-inking for enhanced recycling processes.

Importance of Sustainable Printing Inks

Printing inks are a fundamental component of the printing process, but their impact on the environment should not be overlooked. Traditional inks often contain harmful chemicals and compounds that can impede recycling efforts. Sustainable printing inks, on the other hand, are a revolutionary development in the printing industry. These inks are formulated using eco-friendly materials and renewable resources.

Multiple sustainable solution are required to address the current challenges and within printing lies the options of the de-inking process. De-inking is the removal of ink from flexible plastic packaging.

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3 Benefits of Effective De-Inking

1. Enhanced Recycling Efficiency

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Effective de-inking processes increase the efficiency of recycling operations. Increasing the efficiency of removing ink from flexible packaging, labels and sleeve materials, ensures that the recycled material maintain exceptional quality and purity – meeting industry standards and exceeding customer expectations. By ensuring that inks are effectively separated from film substrates, we further enable a smooth recycling process – diverting it from landfills and incinerators, further supporting the circular economy.

2. Promoting Sustainable Practices

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De-inking enables the production of packaging materials with a higher level of sustainability as adopting effective de-inking practices aligns with sustainability goals and demonstrates a commitment to responsible business practices. A study by McKinsey and NielsonIQ reveals that more and more consumers are shifting to support companies adopting sustainable practices.

Companies can share their environmental consciousness to attract eco-minded customers and strengthen their reputation as leaders in sustainability. By choosing sustainable printing inks and supporting efficient de-inking, businesses contribute to a greener future.

3. Environmental Preservation

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Implementing efficient de-inking proceses minimizes the consumption of raw materials and decrease deforestation – thereby leading to a reduction in resource extraction, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of packaging materials.

Additionally, utilizing renewable resources, such as plant-based oils or bio-based materials, can replace or supplement traditional petroleum-based ingredients in ink production. This reduces the carbon footprint associated with ink manufacturing and improves the overall sustainability of the de-inking process.

At DIC APAC, we remain dedicated to delivering high-quality, sustainable products that drive positive change. By embracing sustainable printing inks and optimizing the de-inking process, we support the principles of recycling, resource conservation, and environmental preservation.

Join us on this journey towards a sustainable tomorrow, where packaging solutions play a vital role in preserving our planet’s resources and creating a better world for future generations. Together, as #OneDIC and #OneCompany, we can make a difference.

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