Eco-Friendly Labels & Sustainability Practices
The industrial-scale printing sector has historically posed environmental concerns stemming from the unregulated use of chemicals and energy-intensive material production processes. This is especially true of traditional packing tapes, product labels, and solvent inks containing numerous hazardous substances.
Efforts to make recyclable and compostable materials the new standard haven’t yet outpaced the prevalence of toxic print materials like solvent inks, over-print varnishes (OPVs), and silicone release liners. Such materials are hard on the environment and require further harmful byproducts during production.
We’ll discuss NADCO’s eco-friendly labels and other efforts aimed at making a significant impact on environmental sustainability in the printing industry at large.
NADCO’s Sustainability Practices & How We Create Eco-Friendly Labels
- Upgrading outdated equipment for greater energy efficiency
- Collaborating with HP to secure more sustainable materials, including their eco-friendly line of ElectroInks
- Leveraging HP’s oil-based 6K Press to clean and repurpose imaging oil into a parts-cleaning solution
- Harnessing the distilled water produced by our site-wide dehumidifiers to supply our press-wash system
- Relying on flexo presses designed for water-based inks and primers instead of traditional solvents
- Partnering with a third-party material-recycling specialist to repurpose and recycle packaging waste
- Prioritizing vendors with robust commitments to environmental sustainability
NADCO proudly relies on HP’s innovative Indigo 6K Digital Press and ElectroInks, an eco-friendly alternative to standard inks made from energy-intensive processes involving heavy metals, aromatic amines, and other harmful substances. By contrast, HP Indigo ElectroInks are certified “OK to compost” and leverage a breakthrough Liquid Electrophotographic (LEP) printing technology that functions well with more natural resources.
Further, the Indigo 6K Digital Press was independently certified by Intertek for various measures of environmental sustainability.
NADCO is also equipped with fast-curing UV inks, which do not require additional coatings or laminates. UV inks also don’t release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere, reducing harm to the environment, consumers, and workforces alike.
Eco-Friendly Labels Selection: A Breakdown
Our commitment to sustainability carries numerous benefits that support industrial-scale production while reducing negative impacts on the environment. Part of that commitment is an eco-friendly label selection process, emphasizing a four-tiered approach:
NADCO’s label stock contains a high quantity of post-consumer waste whenever possible, reducing the need to consume more resources to begin with.
Our eco-friendly labels are also fully recyclable. While not all of our pressure-sensitive labels are recyclable (due to their adhesive), we’re currently introducing more specialized and recyclable adhesive alternatives.
NADCO’s eco-friendly labels use raw materials that quickly regrow in their natural environments, including sugar cane, bamboo, potato, and corn.
By using organic, raw materials, our labels are highly compostable and rapidly break down into their constituent elements. Not to be confused with biodegradable, compostable materials can actually replenish the environment they return to, much like a fertilizer.
LEED-Certified Eco-Friendly Labels Company
NADCO is honored to be the first manufacturing company in Florida granted a LEED Silver building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Silver building certificate reflects our facility’s stringent standards for environmentally sustainable building practices, including:
- Non-toxic building materials
- Energy-efficient industrial equipment
- Optimal power and utility consumption
Learn How NADCO is Printing Our Way to a Cleaner Future
Irresponsible printing practices are one of the most environmentally damaging aspects of traditional manufacturing processes, but NADCO is leading the way to making the print industry one of the cleanest. By emphasizing the latest environmentally responsible printing technologies, including reusable and compostable materials, we’re showing the power of our industry to slow and even reverse the negative impacts of industrial-scaled printing.
Consumers are demanding a greater amount of eco-friendly labels and packaging materials made from sustainable resources and fabrication processes. Our experience shows that consumers are actively seeking non-toxic, environmentally responsible materials, and NADCO continually seeks new ways to support these efforts to achieve greater environmental stewardship.
By continually leveraging the most sustainable print technologies, NADCO is printing our way to a cleaner future with our fully in-house printing and packaging solutions. If you have any questions about our eco-friendly label printing services, contact us or request a quote for all your sustainable printing and packaging needs.