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Heidelberg joins Healthy Printing initiative


Heidelberg highlighted its commitment to environmentally friendly products and technologies by joining the international Healthy Printing initiative.


"The Healthy Printing mission is an excellent fit with Heidelberg's approach to the environment and sustainability," said Rainer Hundsdörfer, Heidelberg CEO. "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 offers a platform along the value chain for exchange and cooperation about healthy printing and improved recyclability. Recyclability makes an important contribution to an efficient circular economy and thus strengthens the competitiveness of the printing and, in particular, the packaging industry.


The Healthy Printing Initiative was launched by international environmental research and consulting institute EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency). It was launched to promote the implementation of the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept (C2C) in the printing industry.


"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," said Jenny Pfau of the Healthy Printing Initiative. "The new perspectives and experiences will enrich the Healthy Printing Initiative."


Healthy and sustainable printing is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage. Demand for safe and recyclable print products is growing, particularly in packaging printing.


Heidelberg has firmly anchored the topic of sustainability in its strategic agenda. Heidelberg 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 their operation.


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.


In addition to machines and aggregates, consumables such as Saphira Eco products in particular are manufactured on the basis of renewable raw materials wherever possible and/or contribute to the recyclability of the end products. The Saphira Eco label stands for lower emission levels than most comparable products. In addition to ecological benefits such as reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia and particulate matter, Saphira Eco also stands for lower chemical consumption and less wastewater.

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