How can we make our world more sustainable? This question plays an important role every day at hubergroup. Because we know that we have a great responsibility towards mankind and nature. We therefore ensure that we reconcile social, economic and ecological needs in order to leave behind a liveable world for future generations. For us, this primarily means using resources sparingly, producing environmentally friendly printing inks and supporting our customers with their sustainability measures. The principle of a circular economy, in which we prevent waste and instead re-use materials in order to protect our environment, therefore plays an important role for hubergroup. We continue to work closely with organisations such as Cradle to Cradle, CEFLEX, INGEDE and EPEA to improve our products and processes even further and increase sustainability in the printing industry. We are also part of Responsible Care. Therefore, we signed the Responsible Care Global Charter which formulates a set of basic principles and obligations for companies in the chemical industry worldwide. hubergroup Deutschland received a silver medal from EcoVadis, the largest independent provider of sustainability ratings, for its commitment to sustainability and ranks among the top 20 percent of the more than 100,000 companies rated in the EcoVadis rating so far.
Taking a responsible approach to the energy, raw materials and water used in production is naturally important to us. Hence, we have built a water treatment unit at our site in India, which enables us to re-use 60 percent of our waste water and we are working on making it possible to recover 100 percent of waste water. Furthermore, when possible, we use recycled materials in our products. For example, in Germany and France we collect the wash water from our partner printing houses and use it for non-GMP-compliant water-based coatings. In this way, we cover up to 24% of our water requirements for coating production. Our material recirculation is therefore at Gold level in accordance with Cradle to Cradle. With our non-food products, we also recycle printing inks that our customers return, for example because they have exceeded their expiry date.
Whether low-migration or cobalt-free printing inks – hubergroup has already set many ecological standards in the printing industry. In order to minimise the environmental impact of our products, we choose the raw materials for our printing inks carefully and produce a large percentage of the ink components ourselves. In addition to recycled materials, we opt as far as possible for renewable raw materials and greatly favour printing ink components that are recyclable or compostable. We also make sure that the CO2 footprint of our products is kept as low as possible. Numerous Cradle to Cradle and OK Compost certifications as well as awards for sustainable inks (e.g. IFCA Star Award: "Enviro Friendly Product") illustrate our commitment to sustainable printing inks. In addition, many of our inks and varnishes are used for print products certified with the Blauer Engel (Blue Angel).
Last but not least, we are committed to our services for a more sustainable future. We support our customers in product selection, for example, to make packaging as environmentally friendly as possible, and advise them on how they can organise their processes more efficiently and in a way that conserves resources.