Sustainability & Green Initiatives

Sustainability Green Initiatives

Sustainability and recyclability are center stage in today’s world, and the addition of any decorative process to a printed product can lead to questions from printers, designers and end users. The FSEA has taken a proactive approach in answering those questions. A compilation of resources is available here.

FSEA Releases Repulpability Study in Response
to Sustainability Concerns

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has released a new study on the repulpability of paper decorated with transfer foils, produced in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute. The association has been proactive in working to separate the decorated products that FSEA members provide (produced via hot foil, cold foil or digital foil transfer processes, as well as transfer metallization of board or paper), from the use of foil laminated paper or board, which includes the plastic film and can be more difficult to recycle or repulp. The study demonstrates that transfer foil decorated paper and board do not create problems in the recyclability/repulpability of paper and/or board in a common repulping process. 

To receive a copy of the new study, email Jeff Peterson.

The Lastest News in Print Decorating Sustainability

FSEA Commends Updated APR Design® Guide for Metallized Transfer Products

Eagle Systems Releases New Study on Cold Foil Repulpability and Recyclability

Design Guide from American Forest & Paper Association Includes FSEA Information on Repulpability of Foil Decorated Paper

RadTech Reports on Recyclability of UV and EB Printed and Coated Paper

Study Finds Amount of Aluminum Contained in Decorative Foils is Negligible

Sustainability Meets Print Decorating

Gary Jones, PRINTING United Alliance, was a keynote speaker at the June 2020 FSEA Online Learning Experience. Listen into his webinar on-demand as he explains that the call for sustainable products and manufacturing practices has reached a fever pitch – and will only grow louder. Gary Jones will help to define what sustainability means to those in the print industry, discuss consumer demands and define regulatory influences that are shaping the current landscape.

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Sustainability in Packaging: Corporate Commitment

Promote the Sustainability of Print and Paper in Email Footers

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership – A Lead Auditor’s Insights

Evolution of Sustainability and Circular Economy and Their Influence on Printing Operations

Sustainable Printing: The Why, The What and The

Additional Resources

Sustainable Packaging Coalition: