Heidelberg joins the Healthy Printing initiative

Heidelberg has amped up its commitment to sustainability in the production of print products by joining the international Healthy Printing initiative.

The Healthy Printing initiative, launched by the international environmental research and consulting institute EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) with the support of the DOEN Foundation, aims to promote the implementation of the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept (C2C) in the printing industry.

Preference is given to printing materials, printing inks, coatings and other printing aids that do not generate waste during their production.

After use, the print products are to be consistently recycled. The residual materials produced during the recycling process should ultimately be returned to the cycle of nature as biological nutrients without polluting it.

By joining this initiative, Heidelberg is underlining its comprehensive commitment to environmentally friendly products and technologies.

Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer said this offers a platform along the value chain for exchange and cooperation about healthy printing and improved recyclability. In addition, he added that recyclability makes an important contribution to an efficient circular economy and thus strengthens the competitiveness of the printing and packaging industry.

“The Healthy Printing mission is an excellent fit with Heidelberg’s approach to the environment and sustainability,” he said.

“Together, we promote the production of print products that are healthy for people and the environment and profitable at the same time.

“The Healthy Printing Initiative thrives on a committed exchange along the entire value chain of print products, and we are therefore delighted to welcome Heidelberg as another representative of press manufacturers in this network,” says Jenny Pfau of the Healthy Printing Initiative. The new perspectives and experiences will enrich the Healthy Printing Initiative.”

Heidelberg has firmly anchored sustainability in its strategic agenda. The company has also been a member of the international 4evergreen Alliance since October 2021.

“Energy efficiency, resource conservation, emissions reduction, and life cycle management are aspects that play an important role both in the manufacture of printing presses and in our operation,” the company said.

“To this end, a holistic environmental concept is pursued. All stages are considered, from the development of products, through manufacture and operation at the customer’s site, to recycling or disposal.”

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