Sustainability

  • 40-65% lower environmental impact than CI Flexo
  • 60-80% lower environmental impact than Rotogravure
  • 5-10x lower environmental impact if flexible packaging is used instead of rigid containers
  • 25% lower energy consumption when printing in HP’s Enhanced Productivity Mode

According to Paris Climate Agreement, all signed Parties should undertake ambitious effort to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. L-Print takes a proactive stand in supporting the agreement by increasing sustainability aspects in the life-cycle of packaging, investing in the most modern and most sustainable printing technology and by actively encouraging our customers to choose the more sustainable options.

First of all, flexible packaging has a number of sustainability benefits when compared to rigid containers, like glass, aluminium, HDPE, PET or composite carton.

These include:

  • Material/resource efficiency;
  • Ligthweight/source reduction;
  • Transportation benefits due to inbound format and lightweight nature;
  • Shelf life extension;
  • Reduced material to landfills;
  • High product-to-package ratio;
  • Beneficial life cycle metrics.

Flexible packaging has 5-10x lower environmental impact when compared to rigid containers.

In a case study where single serve juice beverage packaging was compared to rigid containers options, the results are staggering.

 

Format Fossil Fuel Consumption (MJ-Equiv) Green House Gas Emissions (kg-CO2 equiv) Water Consumption (l) Product-to- Package ratio Pkg Landfilled (g) / 1000 kg juice
Drink Flexible

Pouch

88.736 4.652 12.108 97:3 27.734
Composite

Carton

95.250

(+7%)

5.967

(+28%)

71.685

(+492%)

96:4 42.126

(+52%)

PET Bottle 140.231

(+58%)

7.319

(+57%)

28.738

(+137%)

96:4 32.290

(+24%)

Aluminium Can 275.766

(+211%)

27.105

(+483%)

91.182

(+658%)

95:5 25.388

(-8%)

Glass Bottle 326.690

(+268%)

25.512

(+451%)

209.809

(+1633%)

65:35 364.169

(+1213%)

A normalized product weight (common value divisible by all package formats) of 1.188.000 fl. oz. (35133 l) of product was used for Fossil Fuel, GHG and Water Consumption calculations.

Secondly, L-Print is a purely digital printing company where we use latest printing equipment – Indigo 6900 for labels and Indigo 20000 for flexible packaging. Digital printing has many sustainability benefits when compared to conventional printing, namely CI Flexo and Rotogravure in flexible packaging. Digital printing is more economical for small and medium print jobs, where breakeven points are around 3000m2 per print job for CI Flexo and 5000m2 per print job for Rotogravure. Besides economic benefits, digital printing has 65% lower Global Warming Potential, 60% lower photochemical ozone creation, 37% less energy demand and 45% less water depletion compared with CI Flexo at 3000m2.

These results are achieved mainly from these sources:

  • HP Indigo 20000 has significantly lower press energy requirements;
  • HP Indigo 20000 does not require the material and energy inputs to produce and process plates and cylinders for the print process;
  • HP Indigo 20000 has a minimal print setup, compared to flexo and rotogravure, which use more energy, ink and substrate during print setup;
  • The material and energy use that go into print setup, and making and processing plates and cylinders for flexo and rotogravure are steps that must occur regardless of print job size. These processes are fixed in their nature.
  • HP Indigo 20000 on the other hand has minimal setup, and no plates or cylinders to manufacture. The environmental impact is relative to the print job size.

HP Indigo digital presses has an option to print in Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM). This means that we can achieve almost identical colours (with the exception of black and very dark colours), but using 25% less energy, 15% less inks and at 33% higher speed. Our sales team reviews the files and checks if the files are eligible from EPM. Customers are encouraged to choose EPM print over standard CMYK and reduce environmental impact.

  • There are other environmental benefits that are not so obvious and more difficult to measure, which are:
  • Minimum waste and cost associated to overrrun or inventory obsolescence;
  • With customized and targeted content, same or better results are achieved with less printed material;
  • No special inks with harsh chemicals or hazardous air pollutants are used. No hard chemicals are required for pre-press or cleaning;
  • Vast majority of our papers are FSC or PEFC certified.

All in all, besides economical and marketing benefits in small and medium print jobs, sustainability effects are even higher. For larger print jobs sustainability alone is sometimes enough to offset higher prices. We invite all our current and future customers to join the movement and fight the climate change!

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