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Dec 10, 2010 12:00 AM
INX International Ink Co. announces its EcoTech TC sheetfed inks have earned successful verification and certification through the environmental standard EcoLogo program. Certified inks include four EcoTech process colors and 11 blending bases.
The EcoLogo environmental standard and certification mark is managed by TerraChoice, a global leader in environmental certification and green marketing whose majority owner – ULC Standards – is part of the Underwriters Laboratories global network.
The EcoLogo Program helps public and corporate purchasers, as well as consumers, find and trust environmentally preferred products across 80 categories. Its logo and certification assures that all environmental claims made by manufacturers are understandable as well as both accurate and reliable. Founded in 1988, EcoLogo awards products that demonstrate environmental leadership within their category. An ISO 14024 Type 1 program, it evaluates products against scientifically rigorous criteria that reflect the entire life cycle of the product.
“This is a significant honor not only for the EcoTech TC blending bases, but also for our research and development department, and the people behind the products,” says Chris Bonk, INX Sheetfed technical director. “When an organization of this stature recognizes and verifies your products, it tells the print industry that we have met or exceeded very demanding guidelines. Our inks required special formulations and manufacturing techniques to achieve these results, but developing ecofriendly and economically feasible products is a part of our tradition that now stretches past 10 years.”
Introduced at Graph Expo 2008, EcoTech process color inks are rich in bio-based, renewable raw materials (above 61%) and very low in VOCs (less than 3%). EcoTech inks conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable for GRACoL G7 certification. Tests reportedly have shown they reduce waste and wash-ups because they can remain in the fountain overnight.