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The inks and coatings bio breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for

The packaging market is experiencing a surge towards more sustainable technologies. Driven by end-consumer demand, brand owners have announced ambitious sustainability pledges. Now it is up to the entire industry to deliver on these challenging goals.

Globally, more than 3.24 million tons of inks, coatings and overprint varnishes are used by printers every year. That is the same as 2 kg for every human being*. This equates to 2 kg of ink, coatings and overprint varnishes for every man, woman and child in the world. That’s enough to print 35 daily newspapers or 24,000 chocolate bar wrappers for every person on Earth! Too many of them, sadly, are made with harmful oil-based ingredients.

We are on a mission to protect our planet by removing oil from every part of the printing and packaging process. Thanks to our high quality, partially plant-based Decovery® resins, this ambition is closer to being a reality. It’s the next step on our journey as we aim for zero oil in inks and coatings.

How Decovery® packaging resins help our world

The packaging market is experiencing a surge towards more sustainable technologies. Driven by end-consumer demand, brand owners have announced ambitious sustainability pledges. Now it is up to the entire industry to deliver on these challenging goals. 
 
Our Decovery® portfolio is well suited for the creation of high-quality coating resins that meet the environmental demands of the packaging markets – they contain zero-to-low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), yet can match or even exceed the performance of starch-based alternatives.
 
Decovery® resins are partially made from plant-based resources, such as bark and beans, which are sustainably sourced and do not compete with the food chain.
 
*https://www.eupia.org/about-us/the-value-of-printing-inks

“People tend to appreciate the benefits of switching to plant-based paints. But many are unaware of the difference that plant-based adhesives can make. Once all adhesives are plant-based, we’ll save the planet 15 kilotons of carbon each year….that’s the equivalent of planting almost 250,000 trees every year for 10 years. Adhesives are just the start. Imagine the environmental difference brand owners and manufacturers could make if primers, inks and topcoats on their packaging could be plant-based too.”

Jacqueline Revet

Global Marketing Manager Covestro

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