Renewable Ink System Launch

Published - 28th Apr 2022

Last month, we introduced ‘Green Life’ inks – an ink system with better environmental properties for our flexographic printing on the cardboard we produce. This sustainability check follows a greener waste system which is currently being installed (Pictured) which uses 75% less power than the previous system. Further updates will be available on this.


All of our inks are water based, but to add to these credentials, our supplier Doneck, have modified the varnishes in the ink with a more eco-friendly make up, which includes renewable materials. Green Life inks have been tried and tested and there is no sacrifice on product quality – the field tested ink system allows us to offer excellent colour performance for cardboard printing. These newly developed varnishes help reduce our carbon footprint. Instead of some of the additives being made from minerals extracted from under the ground, they are now made from vegetable fats and corn starch, which in essence means we are able to manufacture products for a circular economy.

Warwick Larkman, Production Manager (pictured right using our ink mixing plant with the new system) said: “This is a large step forward for our environmental accountability, this commitment we have made to greener substrates and processes will now set a precedence of continual dedication to using renewable products. Like this offering from Doneck, as our suppliers launch new sustainable products, we will investigate all of them where possible and there is always more to do as innovation for protection of the environment ramps up”. Steve Gabell, Sales Director said, ‘100% of our products are recyclable, but our drive is to try to manufacture as much as possible to a circular economy and start using as much renewable product types as we can as inputs through our factory here and across the road from us at our RH Bigbox plant. Ink usage in terms of both process and material is on our radar as flexo printing for ecommerce and other markets continues to grow, and the new system is an exciting sustainable enhancement’.

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