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Archroma completes eco-assessment of products manufactured for packaging applications

PKBR Staff Writer Published 09 December 2015

Color and specialty chemicals firm Archroma has completed eco-assessment of its products that have been developed for paper, packaging and tissue applications.

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The assessment was conducted by the company to verify that its products comply with three major eco-labels including EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan and Blue Angel.

Archroma said that its newly launched food-contact-approved dye Cartasol Yellow 2GFC liquid has demonstrated the requirements of both EU Ecolabel and Blue Angel, in addition to being approved by Nordic Swan.

During the evaluation, around 175 paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals were found to be compliant with EU Ecolabel.

Nearly 128 paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals demonstrated compliance with Blue Angel.

The assessment also highlights the compliance of 75 paper colorants, optical brightening agents and paper chemicals with Nordic Swan.

Archroma paper business president Valerie Diele-Braun said: "Consumers are looking for sustainable products and for them the major eco-labels offer strong guidance toward buying safe products. That's why we support paper, tissue and board producers with products fulfilling the requirements of these eco-labels.

"As part of our sustainability strategy, we have several projects within our R&D pipeline to design new products in line with these major eco-labels."

Archroma is carrying out phase 3 and 4 registration for the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), an EU regulation adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals.

The US FDA has recently approved Archroma's Cartaguard KST under 21 CFR 176.170 for use as a grease-resistance treatment employed prior to, or after, sheet formation for paper and paperboard.

In June this year, the company launched five new food-contact-approved Cartasol dyes that are said to be free from added diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA).


Image: Archroma announces record number of eco-label compliant colorants, optical brighteners and chemicals for paper and packaging. Photo: courtesy of Archroma.