HP Inc. has announced HP PageWide’s water-based corrugated packaging inks have received UL ECOLOGO® Certification for meeting printing inks sustainability standard, HP says that this makes it the first digital corrugated printing solution to receive the credentials.

The UL ECOLOGO Certification enables corrugated converters to meet their brands’ requirements for sustainability and reach new target audiences who seek green-related manufacturers.

“Demand for corrugated packaging is growing rapidly, along with increasingly stringent requirements for environmental safety. HP is committed to socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing, striving to reach the highest sustainability standards to enable our customers to meet their environmental stewardship goals,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager, HP PageWide Industrial Division, HP Inc.

HP serves the digitally printed corrugated packaging market with its HP PageWide Press portfolio, including the HP PageWide C500 press for post-print production and HP PageWide T1100 series, using HP Thermal Inkjet technology and true water-based inks. HP digitally printed corrugated packaging provides an opportunity for brands to take advantage of sophisticated and high-quality graphics for product marketing, while enabling compliance with guidelines for sensitive and food-safe packaging.

“By earning the ECOLOGO Certification, HP has demonstrated industry leadership in developing sustainable products,” said Alberto Uggetti, Vice President and General Manager of UL’s Environment and Sustainability division. “HP’s inks meet the UL standard for environmental and human health criteria of the entire ink lifecycle.”

To receive the certification, HP submitted test results of digital corrugated print samples produced on the PageWide T1100 series and PageWide C500 presses, in addition to UL’s auditing of HP’s ink manufacturing facilities for PageWide industrial inks.

UL ECOLOGO Certification ensures printing inks have met the requirements set by UL including:

•             minimum levels of VOCs, heavy metals, phthalates, halogenated solvents, other aromatic hydrocarbons and hazardous substances

•             manufactured using environmentally and socially responsible practices

•             minimal environmental impact

•             use of recycled and recyclable packaging