Lighten your carbon footprint!

Analysis shows that water-based systems improve flex pack sustainability.

To investigate the potential environmental and economic impact of printing inks and adhesives used in flexible packaging, BASF has conducted an Eco-Efficiency Analysis (EEA) that compares water-based inks and adhesives with solvent-based systems.

The study covered a broad range of environmental categories, including climate change, resource depletion, and health and safety in the workplace. Water-based inks and adhesives performed better in all categories:

  • Carbon footprint is reduced on account of lower CO2 emissions.

  • Resource depletion potential is lower because no solvent is required.

  • Workplace health and safety is enhanced through the absence of solvent-based compounds.

The EEA also revealed that solvent-based inks and adhesives can involve higher costs than water-based systems as a result of the large volumes required as well as the necessity of solvent incineration or recovery. Conversion to water-based systems could therefore help to reduce investment and maintenance costs.

For more information, please contact Tanja Kuiphuis.

More details on the EEA you can also find here.

Tanja Kuiphuis
Tanja Kuiphuis
Senior Market Manager
Resins for Printing Inks

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