Board Converting News, August 30, 2021

Flint Group Inks Achieve ‘Gold Status’ From Products Innovation Institute Flint Group Packaging Inks, a supplier of ink and coatings to the global packaging industry, has announced its Zen- Code CG and ZenCode CS ink series have been assessed against the requirements of the Material Health category of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, achiev- ing a Gold level and Silver level respectively. The compa- ny’s ZenCode portolio is part of its recently announced ONECode solvent-based inks and coatings range. ZenCode solvent-based inks are designed with the en- vironment in mind and to promote the developing circu- lar economy in flexible packaging. Specific coloured inks, whites and a range of 1-component and 2-component overprint varnishes are available for both flexographic and rotogravure printing – including expanded colour gamut printing – and incorporate a certified range of chemistries. ZenCode can be used for printing on the non-food contact side of food packaging materials and is suitable for surface, reverse, and lamination printing. These inks are designed for a wide range of flexible packaging re- quirements including high-end lamination, retort, shrink sleeves, collation shrink and reverse printing. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization created to bring about a large- scale transformation in the way items are manufactured. Its mission is to provide a continuous improvement quality standard to guide product manufacturers and designers in making safe and healthy products, of all types. “We were delighted with the outcome of the ZenCode assessment. It reflects our commitment as an organisation to continuous improvement in product design and devel- opment,” said Thomas Strohe, Senior Director Product Strategy & Segmentation for Flint Group Packaging Inks in Europe. “We are continuing to have a number of our prod- ucts assessed to ensure we are meeting our sustainability vision of supporting packaging markets with responsibility built products and sustainable solutions designed for cir- cular economies.” The Cradle to Cradle Certified Material Health Assess- ment methodology is a contextual assessment based on chemical hazard identification and qualitative exposure considerations during a product’s final manufacture, use and end-of-life. The assessment concluded that all materials used in the ZenCode range were either optimal or acceptable for use as defined by the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute and do not contain any highly problematic materials. The product’s assessed materials are therefore confirmed to not contain chemicals on the Banned Lists of Chemicals above permitted thresholds nor contain carcinogens, mu- tagens, or reproductive toxicants. The range also meets volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions testing re- quirements, as described in the Standard. CONTINUED ON PAGE 32


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