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HP Indigo certified for compostable packaging

HP has announced that its Indigo digital printing inks are now certified for compostability in home and industrial, allowing converters to print smaller quantities whilst reducing inventory waste and improving their environmental impact.

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Irish firm Foxpak has used the HP Indigo digital presses to produce compostable and recyclable packaging

TUV Austria, an independent testing and certification company, awarded the Indigo ElectroInks with ‘OK Compost Home’ and ‘OK Compost Industrial’ status, verifying that the printing inks can be used for packaging recoverable through composing and biodegradation in accordance with leading standards, including the EU standard for compostability.

The ‘green packaging market’ is expected to reach $237.8 bn (approx. £188.9bn) by 2024 at a 5.7% CAGR, according to Grandview Market research.

“Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is driving converters to digital printing, allowing converters and brands to help significantly lower the environmental impact of printing,” says Alon Bar-Shany, general manager at HP Indigo.

Demand for sustainable packaging solutions is driving converters to digital printing

“HP Indigo printing eliminates the need for plates or cylinders and offers the freedom to print smaller quantities, while helping reduce waste during production and unused inventory.”

Digital print firm ePac has been producing hi-barrier recyclable polyethylene pouches on its HP Indigo 20000 with solventless lamination. With several locations across the U.S, ePac is now expanding into the European market.

“Europe can benefit from higher sustainability, using digital printing for on-demand production of its volume of stock keeping units (SKU) and using recyclable film in a more eco-friendly process compared with conventional printing,” says Johnny Hobeika, managing director of ePac Holdings Europe.

The firm is also testing compostable films, which it expects to put to the market soon alongside its sustainable pouches. 

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