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For many producers and traders of organic products, sustainability and ecological responsibility are part of the company profile. They also want to make this approach clear in the packaging of their products. Das grüne Etikett® now offers an environmentally friendly way of labelling.

Of course, the market already offers a few organic labels. But take a closer look as decision-makers! There are only a few printing processes in the printing industry that can really print with food-safe inks. And when it comes to small or medium runs, it becomes particularly difficult. In general, only digital printing is considered to keep costs down, but the ecological aspect is usually not feasible.

For this reason, Mail Druck + Medien GmbH converted its production line in 2009 and launched a completely new brand, Das grüne Etikett® initially with the biodegradable and compostable film in white and transparent. Today, the selection of materials includes different varieties and thus offers a very good selection for the most diverse products.

For our product Das grüne Etikett®, only label materials made of renewable raw materials are used, also for film labels! All printing inks are food safe, without mineral oil, solvents and additives. Our adhesives are vegan and partly completely biodegradable. Despite these environmentally friendly advantages, printability and utility are not restricted.

Our production runs completely digital. No use of plastic clichés or chemically developed printing plates. This not only saves environmentally harmful materials but also costs.

We're the original - Das grüne Etikett®

We love GREEN

For Mail Druck + Medien GmbH, sustainability is an important aspect in all areas of the packaging and the entire supply chain. In practice, this means assessing the four most important stages in the supply chain and understanding the implications.

So we have to think:

  • Where do our raw materials come from?
  • How are they used in our products?
  • How can we improve the function of packaging?
  • What can we do with the materials after use?


In the manufacture of self-adhesive roll labels, we pay attention to optimising the sustainability of all raw materials used and to reducing environmental impact while maintaining their functional properties.

In contrast to the use of paper, the use of foils for self-adhesive roll labels is not so easy from an environmental point of view. A lot of energy and oil is used in film production and the subsequent disposal of this durable material is not as easy as with paper. Our commitment therefore applied to a film made of renewable raw materials that fulfils all components of the functional properties and corresponds to our environmental philosophy.
Our organic foil is available in white and transparent.

For many producers and traders of organic products, sustainability and ecological responsibility are part of the company profile. They also want to make this approach clear in the packaging of their products. Das grüne Etikett® now offers an environmentally friendly way of labelling.

Sustainable products should leave as little environmental impact as possible. From an ecological point of view, products have to balance themselves from the raw materials through production, delivery and use to misuse. What this means is that sustainable products should be of a high quality and should not pollute the environment as much as possible during production and disposal.

We only have one world that we must preserve for future generations!

We are not only able to produce in a climate-neutral way, we also ship our labels in a climate-neutral manner. With the GoGreen environmental protection program from DHL!

DHL GoGreen has set itself ambitious environmental goals. Priority was given to emission reduction measures. After all, DHL GoGreen wants to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from its business to zero by 2050 and to achieve ambitious targets by 2025. Two strategic approaches are being pursued: less energy consumption (burn less) and the use of alternative energy sources (burn clean).

The Blue Angel is the German government's environmental label for the protection of people and the environment. It is sophisticated, independent and has been a compass for environmentally friendly products for more than 35 years.

The recycled material we use has already been awarded the Blue Angel - "Protecting the Resources" by the RAL gGmbH.



Climate change is omnipresent. Images and news of natural catastrophes attributed to the greenhouse effect and the ambitious targets set by the German government to reduce CO2 emissions are raising public awareness of climate change. The economic, social and ecological consequences of unbridled global warming pose high risks.

For this reason, environmentally friendly and resource-saving production is becoming increasingly important for business and industry. In addition, many customers in the printing industry have already made climate protection an important part of their corporate culture. They need reliable information on the CO2 emissions of their print jobs in order to include them in their carbon footprints.

The concrete implementation of the climate initiative in printing companies takes place in three steps:

Step 1 - Determine CO2
The associations have developed a CO2 calculator to show which emissions were generated by a print job. This is available to the participating companies for their own accounting. The prerequisite for access to the computer is participation in a training course, which explains the complex connections of the accounting as well as the individual calculation parameters.

Step 2 - Avoid CO2
All companies wishing to use the CO2 calculator within the framework of the climate model must declare their willingness to have their energy efficiency checked promptly in addition to the training measures. To this end, the associations provide a pool of advisors who have specialised in the specific needs of the industry. KfW subsidises the initial consultation with 80% of the costs.

Step 3 - Compensating CO2
Companies can compensate for the CO2 value of the print job either themselves or on behalf of their customers by purchasing certificates from climate protection projects for the CO2 emissions they cause. The certificates can be ordered directly via the CO2 calculator. Print products for which certificates have been purchased may be marked with the symbol "Print CO2 offset".

guiding principles
Many questions concerning climate change are still open and in some cases controversial. The printing and media associations attach great importance to communicating the topic of climate protection credibly and responsibly to customers both within the industry and externally. Commitment to climate protection is not a short-term marketing strategy, but rather requires long-term and consistent integration into one's own corporate philosophy. With the Climate Initiative, the associations want to support companies in implementing climate protection measures in a fair and cooperative manner. The balance parameters of the CO2 calculator have been carefully prepared and coordinated with science and politics. We attach particular importance to pointing out the limits of CO2 calculation and the interpretation of climate balances. Companies themselves or on behalf of their customers can offset the CO2 value of the print job in concrete climate protection projects.

climate protection projects
Our cooperation partner ARKTIK is a young, multi-award-winning climate protection company from Hamburg, recommended by leading climate experts. ARKTIK's climate protection projects, which are supported by the print and media associations as part of the climate initiative, are exclusively projects that comply with the "Gold Standard" developed by the WWF. The Gold Standard is the leading independent quality standard for climate protection projects. It is supported by more than 60 non-governmental organisations and is awarded only to projects that have been proven to reduce greenhouse gases and are good for the local environment and social concerns of the population. All ARKTIK climate protection projects are reviewed on site by a UN-approved body. The "Tested Emission Certificate Management" seal of approval in accordance with TÜV NORD TN-CC 002 additionally guarantees that ARKTIK always compensates 100% of the stated CO2 emissions. Together with ARKTIK, the Climate Initiative of the printing and media associations offers the following Gold Standard climate protection projects to offset CO2 emissions:

LifeStraw, water treatment, Kenya: The water filters ensure access to clean drinking water in the rural regions of Kenya and save more than two million tons of CO2 per year by eliminating the usual boiling of drinking water. In addition, the project creates thousands of jobs for the local population - we call it green development aid!

Wind energy, in Mut District, Turkey: In the north of Mut District, 11 wind turbines on Mount Magras produce clean wind power for approx. 50,000 local households and thus save approx. 70,000 tons of CO2 per year - this corresponds to the amount of CO2 that is generated on average by 25,000 cars in Germany per year.
Landfill gas in Ankara, Turkey: At the landfill site Mamak near Anakara, landfill gases are used to produce clean energy in an award-winning project promoted by the World Bank. This saves approx. 410,000 tons of CO2 every year.
For more information please visit https://www.arktik.de

Climate-neutral print production with the climate initiative of the printing and media associations
Further information is available at http://www.klima-druck.de
 
Cooperation partner of the Climate Initiative is the Federal Environment Ministry
The Environment Ministry welcomes the Climate Initiative and sees it as a model for other medium-sized industries. In the run-up to the initiative, the bvdm had discussed the procedure and the CO2 balance parameters together with the renowned Ökoinstitut and the Federal Environment Ministry. This ensures that the bvdm CO2 calculator accesses and uses reliable and valid data.

Ecological materials

Only label materials made of renewable, recycled or biodegradable materials are used for our product Das grüne Etikett®

All materials have safety certificates of the adhesive. Many materials are FSC or PEFC-certified and almost all meet the requirements of the European food regulation and European standard. All materials are suitable for indirect and direct contact with foodstuffs.

Adhesive materials always consist of several layers and adhesives. Therefore, it is necessary to take a close look at the carrier material and adhesive. Our adhesives do not contain any derivatives of animal origin and are not used as feedstock or additives in the production of adhesive material composites.

Certification: biodegradable film according to European standard EN13432. Also complies with the European Food Regulation 1935/2004/EC for direct contact with dry, non-greasy foodstuffs.
Material: 45 µm/65g/m², white, high-gloss film made of wood pulp - originating from controlled plantations - the material is biodegradable and compostable.
Printing: with food-safe colours
Adhesive: permanently adhesive on acrylate basis, biodegradable and compostable, vegan
Properties: surface-coated, smooth, glossy, biodegradable and compostable, good resistance to oils and greases.
Areas of application: particularly suitable for labelling foodstuffs, organic products and environmental packaging. Especially for applications where the complete packaging has to be biodegradable and where direct food contact is required.
Note: Due to the cellulose basis, film reacts to environmental influences such as humidity and temperature fluctuations. Caution for long-term use in humid environments, we recommend prior testing under operating conditions.
Processing: suitable for mechanical and manual dispatching
Remark: min. bonding temperature: 5 °C
Application temperature: -20°C to +80°C

Further materials on request.
The respective manufacturers are responsible for changes in the properties of the materials.

Certification: biodegradable film according to European standard EN13432.
Also complies with the European Food Regulation 1935/2004/EC for direct contact with dry, non-greasy foodstuffs.
Material: 45 µm/64g/m², transparent, high-gloss film made of wood pulp - originating from controlled plantations - the material is biodegradable and compostable.
Printing: is often printed with white (food safe colour) to get a perfect colour print.  
Adhesive: permanently adhesive on acrylate basis, biodegradable and compostable, vegan
Properties: surface-coated, smooth, glossy, biodegradable and compostable, good resistance to oils and greases.
Areas of application: particularly suitable for labelling foodstuffs, organic products and environmental packaging. Especially for applications where the complete packaging has to be biodegradable and where direct food contact is required.
Note: Due to the cellulose basis, film reacts to environmental influences such as humidity and temperature fluctuations. Caution for long-term use in humid environments, we recommend prior testing under operating conditions.
Processing: suitable for mechanical and manual dispatching
Remark: min. bonding temperature: 5 °C
Application temperature: -20°C to +80°C

Further materials on request.
The respective manufacturers are responsible for changes in the properties of the materials.

Certification: Blue Angel - "Protecting the Resources", FSC®, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 of the European Parliament, the LFBG and recommended by BfR XIV (Institute for Risk Assessment) on food contact materials and the US Food and Drug Administration FDA 21 CFR 175.105,
Material: Carrier material FSC® Recycled kraft paper, upper material FSC®from 100% post-consumer waste without chlorine bleach, colour natural white
Adhesive: permanent adhesive
Characteristics: smooth, slightly painted matt surface
Areas of application: suitable for various product labels such as food labels, organic products, cosmetics, bottle labels, environmental packaging. But also for all smooth surfaces. For all labels that are used indoors or for a short period of outdoor use. Only limited resistance to water, oils, liquids and chemicals.
Note: this material is suitable for applications that have direct contact with dry and non-fatty foodstuffs.
Processing: suitable for mechanical and manual dispatching
min. Bonding temperature: from -0 °C
Application temperature: -20°C to +80°C

Further materials on request.
The respective manufacturers are responsible for changes in the properties of the materials.

Certification: FSC®, BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) and FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)175.105 approved
Material: carrier material made of siliconized glassine on one side, upper material made of grass, colour green-yellow
Adhesive: permanent adhesive
Characteristics: smoky, very haptic, grained surface
Areas of application: suitable for various product labels such as food labels, organic products, cosmetics, bottle labels, environmental packaging. But also for all smooth surfaces. For all labels used indoors. Only limited resistance to water, liquid and chemicals.
Note: this material is suitable for applications that have direct contact with dry and non-fatty foodstuffs.
Processing: suitable for mechanical and manual dispatching
min. Bonding temperature: from +5 °C onwards
Application temperature: -40°C to + 170°C



Further materials on request.
The respective manufacturers are responsible for changes in the properties of the materials.

Material: up to 80% stone meal and non-toxic synthetic resin Polyethylene
Adhesive: permanent
Particularly environment-friendly: production without water, bleach or acid, no cellulose is needed - no tree has to be felled!
Characteristics: hardly inflammable, tear-resistant, water-repellent, velvety surface, cream-coloured
Field of application: suitable for various product labels such as food labels, organic products, cosmetics, bottle labels, environmental packaging. But also for all smooth surfaces.
Processing: suitable for mechanical and manual dispatching
Bonding temperature: from +5°C to +40°C
Application temperature: -15°C to +80°C

Further materials on request.
The respective manufacturers are responsible for changes in the properties of the materials.

Ecological printing inks

Various stakeholders apply different food safety requirements. The only legally enforceable rules are those imposed by regulatory authorities. However, organisations and stakeholders, certified laboratories and last but not least brand owners have also defined requirements.

Our printing inks are toner-based inks that meet all applicable FDA guidelines for direct and indirect food contact.

They comply with the following standards, guidelines and requirements:
The European Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 2004 on materials and articles intended for contact with foodstuffs, repealing Directives 80/590/EEC and 89/109/EEC.

Swiss Ordinance

Nestle Guidance Note on Packaging

Your selection

Thanks to our digital printing technology and laser cutting machines it is possible to produce almost any desired shape. There are no limits to your creativity when designing your labels. Whether oval, round, rectangular, square or figurative - almost everything is possible!

Or do you need several different shapes one after the other on a carrier track? No problem either.

Our production lines offer you an infinite number of possibilities that would be inconceivable in conventional printing. We would be happy to provide you with further information.

Our innovative production lines can also produce XXL-Jumbo Labels. Where conventional printing and its processing systems are limited to certain formats, we are just beginning.

There are no limits due to the digital roll printing with a web width of 50 cm and the processing with laser cutting machines in the same XXL web width. This is the basis of our motto - "Lots, lots, every size, every shape"! The possibilities and format variants seem almost endless.

We will be happy to answer your questions about possible formats and designs. We are looking forward to your call.

Press proof - edition 1

Do you need an original printout to coordinate with your marketing department or to approve the main print run? Or would you simply like to see in advance what your newly designed label looks like? We are also happy to offer you this option.
Your label in edition of 1 piece with or without die-cutting!

Our production lines offer you an infinite number of possibilities that would be inconceivable in conventional printing. We would be happy to provide you with further information. Talk to us about it.

Cost-saving

For many producers and traders of organic products, sustainability and ecological responsibility are part of the company profile. They also want to make this approach clear in the packaging of their products, but without losing the focus on cost-effectiveness?

Das grüne Etikett® now offers an environmentally friendly way of labelling that also saves costs.

Our production line is sustainable, resource-saving and cost-saving.

Our production is completely digital. No use of plastic clichés or chemically developed printing plates. Even punching dies and plates are no longer necessary, as innovative laser cutting technology is used. This not only saves environmentally harmful materials but also costs.

The Green Label Shop
  • Label material from renewable raw materials
  • Environmentally conscious, resource-saving production
  • Fast production with innovative technology

Design Service

We will gladly take over the design of your labels.

 

+49 5223 65009-0

service@mail-druck.de