Printing inks and coatings manufacturer INX International Ink is offering a new solution, INXhrc, to cater to the need for sustainable alternatives with natural-based inks in the foodservice industry.

INXhrc is a range of natural-based water, solvent and conventional offset inks designed to reduce regulatory risk for brand owners and printers, as well as enhance production efficiencies for printers and converters.

According to the company, the inks are free from allergens, nanomaterials, flurochemicals, fanal pigments, heavy metals, latex or PTFE.

INX International president John Hrdlick said: “INX International’s commitment to providing safe and sustainable product solutions can help printers and brand owners achieve sustainability goals, and consumers feel confident in their product choices.

“We are keenly aware of the impact we can have on consumer safety, brand marketability and the environment throughout a product’s lifecycle.

“Our INXhrc inks provide a path to measurable, reportable CO2 savings, and ultimately help brands tell a richer sustainability story.”

“Our INXhrc inks provide a path to measurable, reportable CO2 savings, and ultimately help brands tell a richer sustainability story.”

When combined with high-strength colour concentrates, INXhrc can offer strong finished inks with resolubility and transfer properties, according to the company.

Foodservice packaging firm Havi endorsed the sustainable packaging solution. The firm confirmed that the inks produce 25%-30% lower CO2 footprint compared to conventional inks.

HAVI innovation vice-president Shane Bertsch said: “Working with INX to bring natural-based inks to market has been a meaningful and insightful collaboration.

“Their expertise in ink formulation and printing have been critical to bringing this new product range to market. We look forward to further driving market innovation through our continued partnership.”