When it comes to sustainability, the wall decoration printing industry has not always had the best reputation. Conventionally printed wallpapers, for instance, are created using copious amounts of energy and contain elements that are detrimental to human, animal and environmental health. Another crucial aspect? Most discarded wall decoration is harder to recycle, ending up in landfills and incinerators.
As well as being one of Xeikon’s main business goals, sustainable choices are increasingly becoming a dominant part of most of your customers’ lifestyles. A groundbreaking 82% of consumers are now interested in products that contain a smaller carbon footprint, and it is time to take matters into greener hands.
The average global carbon footprint of a Xeikon employee is 11 ton of CO2. This is a mere quarter of the chemical industry average in Europe (40 ton/employee per year)
PVC wallpaper is the cheaper, go-to option for most. However, these may contain chemicals considered a health hazard. Current EU legislation, in fact, limits the use of many of these substances in children’s toys, medical devices, car interiors and food contact material. Then, liquids from PVC evaporate only partially during production of the wallcovering… meaning some stay within the wallpaper.
Since the liquid components are not chemically bound to the polymer they have a high tendency to migrate… that too, in a home environment. Migration can create unpleasant odors and a potentially harmful living environment. In addition, the PVC polymer itself has raised many objections due to the potential harm it poses for the natural environment, such as:
A practically endless life cycle
Potential formation of dioxins and migration
Vast resources needed in the entire production process
How do we embody our commitment to sustainability when it comes to the wall decoration market? Well, one aspect is toner based printing.
What makes our toner special?
The safest and cleanest print tech on the planet
Eco-friendly and safe to dispose of
No odor or VOC
Our toner complies perfectly with the EN 15102 norm.
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Additionally, all ingredients are chosen and screened so that only the safest results are obtained before, during and after printing. This is safe for marine life, remains allergen + heavy metal free and contains no SVHC, formaldehyde, endocrine disruptors or mineral oils.
The bigger picture; we are proud to share that Xeikon wall decoration production lines offer superior sustainability performance every step of the way. Our environmental impact is consistently monitored, and our aim is to set only the highest standards in helping your customer reduce their carbon footprint. Here is how:
Xeikon is proud to be aligned with the Flint Group 2030 Strategy. This is based on the chart drawn up by the UN sustainable development goals. With sustainability as part of Xeikon’s core culture, 2009 saw us reducing our carbon footprint by 50%... simply by switching to green energy.
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