Environmentally friendly inks are not new to Braden Stuphin’s product line. In fact, long before the popularization of soya inks, Braden Sutphin offered printers eco-friendly sheetfed products formulated with linseed and tung oils.

Now, in response to printers, print customers and end users becoming increasingly interested in environmentally friendly products and sustainability efforts, Braden Sutphin has developed the EcoSmart certification program. An ink product will only carry the EcoSmart seal if it meets the requirements below. We will continue to evaluate the EcoSmart program guidelines and make necessary adjustments as technology and the industry evolve.


ECOSMART CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Sheetfed Inks

Conventional oil base sheetfed inks must meet each of the following requirements in order to qualify for EcoSmart certification:

  • contain no more than 5% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Test Method 24, or as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • contain a minimum of 45% of renewable resource content as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • contain no more than 5% by weight of petroleum distillates
  • meet Council of Northeast Governors Coalition (CONEG) regulation for packaging, with a combined heavy metal total of less than 100 ppm of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium

Web Heatset Inks

Web heatset inks must meet each of the following requirements in order to qualify for EcoSmart certification:

  • contain no more than 28% VOCs based on EPA Test Method 24, or as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • contain no more than 25% by weight of petroleum distillates
  • meet CONEG regulation for packaging, with a combined heavy metal total of less than 100 ppm of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium

Web Non-Heatset Inks

Web non-heatset inks must meet each of the following requirements in order to achieve EcoSmart certification:

  • contain no more than 5% VOCs based on EPA Test Method 24, or as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • inks must be formulated with at least 40% of renewable resource content
  • contain no more than 15% by weight of petroleum distillates, as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • meet CONEG regulation for packaging, with a combined heavy metal total of less than 100 ppm of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium

Water-Based Flexographic Inks

Water-based flexo inks must meet each of the following requirements in order to qualify for EcoSmart certification:

  • contain no more than 2% VOCs based on EPA Test Method 24, as calculated from accumulated data on the ingredients contained in the product
  • contain no more than 1% by weight of ammonium hydroxide
  • meet CONEG regulation for packaging, with a combined heavy metal total of less than 100 ppm of mercury, lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium