Archroma’s colorants

Eco-assessment

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Archroma has come up with arecord number of eco-labelcompliant colorants, opticalbrighteners and chemicals for paper,packaging and tissue
Archroma has come up with arecord number of eco-labelcompliant colorants, opticalbrighteners and chemicals for paper,packaging and tissue

Archroma, headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland, is one of the global leaders in color and specialty chemicals and has recently completed an eco-assessment of its product port-folio for paper, packaging and tissue.For newly developed products Archroma takes steps to verify that the requirements of the three major ecolabels – EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan and Blue Angel are being met.

Archroma conducted its portfolio assessment with a focus towards verifying its products’ compliance with those requirements. Archroma is also well underway with Phases 3 and 4 of its registration for REACH (the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). More recently, Archroma’s newly launched food-contact-approved dye Cartasol Yel-low 2GFC liquid has been shown to fulfil the requirements of both EU Ecolabel and Blue Angel. It has also been approved by Nordic Swan and included in their database.

Based on its latest assessment, Archroma provides a status update for its portfolio comprising EU Ecolabel –175 Archroma paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals fulfil the requirements of EU Ecolabel (up to three certificates for a productowing to different requirements, for ex-ample, for copy and printing papers, tissue paper). Blue Angel – 128 paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals fulfil the requirements of Blue Angel (up to 12 certificates for a product owing to different requirements, for example, for copy and printing papers, tissue paper, sanitary paper, recycled cardboard). Nordic Swan – 75paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals approved,with 90 products awaiting review.

This is the highest number of compliant products the company has offered to date, underscoring that it can provide customers with a comprehensive product range regardless of which of the three major eco-labels they choose to use when marketing their final products. “Consumers are looking for sustainable products and for them the major eco-labels offer strong guidance to-ward buying safe products. That’s why we support paper, tissue and board producers with products fulfilling the requirements of these eco-labels,” said Valerie Diele-Braun, president of Archroma’s Paper Business.

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