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Gecko Green Line Premium continues to drive sustainability forward

20.10.2021 After hubergroup Print Solutions (Kirchheim, Germany) recently announced Cradle to Cradle certification for its water-based HYDRO-X series portfolio, the international printing ink specialist is now following suit with solvent-based inks.

For more sustainable packaging: The Gecko Green Line Premium ink series has now received Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze.
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For more sustainable packaging: The Gecko Green Line Premium ink series has now received Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute certified the flexo and gravure ink series Gecko Green Line Premium with Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze. This gives hubergroup printers and packaging manufacturers the assurance that the composition and production of the ink series are designed to be sustainable.

Full certification at bronze level

Back in 2018, Gecko Green Line Premium was the first flexographic and gravure ink series worldwide to receive the C2C Certified Material Health Certificate Silver Level. Since then, the ink specialist has continued to push the sustainability envelope and has now achieved full certification at Bronze Level for the ink range. As part of this certification, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute evaluates not only environmental and human toxicity ("Material Health") but also the categories of recyclability, use of renewable energy & carbon management, responsible water management and compliance with social standards.

Dr Lars Hancke, manager business development Flexible Packaging at hubergroup, explains: "We look at sustainability holistically. Therefore, the logical next step for us after the C2C Certified Material Health certification was to organise our actions and processes even more sustainably. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products programme was exactly the right approach for us, as it is very comprehensive."

High-quality, sustainable, forward-looking

Dr Lutz Frischmann, global product director Flexible Packaging, adds: "Printers and packaging manufacturers can use our Gecko inks as usual. The certification has no influence on the application – it only gives our customers the assurance that we use high-quality, sustainable and forward-looking products."

Whether for water-based or solvent-based flexo and gravure printing, or even for offset printing – hubergroup now offers printing inks with full Cradle to Cradle certification for all these printing processes, enabling an extremely wide range of applications. This makes the printing ink specialist one of the companies with the broadest portfolio of sustainable printing inks.

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