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Benefits of Our Sustainable Inks

Industrial inkjet printing companies must meet increasingly stringent regulations for clean air and water. As a result, more brands are implementing various measures to improve the sustainability of their inkjet production.

Beyond compliance, printing with eco-friendly inks offers many additional benefits, including:

  • Reduced costs for capturing and disposing of  VOCs
  • Lower permit fees
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reduced overall compliance costs
  • Increased workplace safety
  • Meeting customer demands for environmental responsibility

Our Versatile Eco-friendly Inkjet Inks

Kao Collins continues to innovate and produce the highest-quality inkjet inks that significantly reduce the environmental impact of inkjet printing. Our sustainable inks support a wide range of industrial printing applications for packaging, marking, and coding.

coffee in flexible packaging printed with lunajet ink

Water-based LUNAJET Ink

Unlike standard aqueous inkjet inks, eco-friendly LUNAJET is a water-based inkjet ink that prints on non-porous materials, including thin plastic films, flexible packaging, shrink sleeves, metals, and glass.  This nano-dispersion ink contains extremely low VOCs, significantly lowering its environmental impact on workspaces and the global ecosystem.

Other Benefits of LUNAJET

  • Requires less ink on the product surface
  • No solvents or photoinitiators
  • More vibrant colors
  • Flexible after drying
  • Excellent adhesion and durability
  • Suitable for food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics applications*

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Dye or Pigment Water-Based Inks

Our hundreds of standard water-based inks enable cost-effective and eco-friendly printing of porous substrates. Dye-based and pigment-based CMYK ink sets and spot colors are available for industrial printing of porous and lightly-coated materials using thermal, piezo, and continuous inkjet systems.

Bio-based Mineral-Oil-Free (MOF) Ink

Our MOF ink for printing on corrugated cardboard is engineered as a direct replacement and eco-friendly alternative for petroleum-based inks. MOF ink meets European food safety standards and reduces the carbon footprint of industrial inkjet printing.

Other Benefits of our MOF Ink

  • No hazardous pollutants (HAP)
  • Near-zero VOCs
  • Compostable
  • Suitable for consumer packaging without contamination risk*
  • CMYK process colors and red, green, and blue spot colors

Kao’s MOF ink has received a Class 3 rating (out of 4) from TUV Austria on Bio-based composition.

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Eco-Friendly Curable Inkjet Inks

EB curable ink system

We manufacture Electron Beam-Curable, UV-curable, and LED-curable inks that support sustainable production. These inks offer low or no VOC emissions. Our curable inkjet inks are formulated for piezo inkjet technology.

QUANTA EB-curable Ink

EB (Electron-beam) inks use up to 95% less energy than thermal drying and 80% less energy than UV curing. The no-heat curing not only saves energy but also makes EB inks a good choice for printing on thin films and other heat-sensitive materials.

Other Benefits of QUANTA
  • No hazardous pollutants (HAPs)
  • No photoinitiators
  • Rapid and complete curing
  • Prints on non-porous materials
  • Suitable for food packaging applications*

TESLA LED-curable Ink

The low VOCs of our LED-curable inks reduce the carbon footprint and the overall environmental impact. These inks cure rapidly using low-energy LED lamps, offer energy savings.

Other Benefits of TESLA
  • Superior coverage reduces ink consumption
  • Suitable for thin films
  • High-quality photoinitiators
  • Rapid and complete curing
  • Prints on non-porous materials
  • Low or no HAPs
  • Suitable for food packaging applications*

ULTRA UV-curable Ink

Like our LED-curable inks, ULTRA has low VOC emissions, making it an eco-friendly alternative to solvent or petroleum-based inks. These inks cure rapidly for use in high-speed applications.

 Other Benefits of ULTRA
  • Formulations for rigid and flexible materials
  • Superior coverage reduces ink consumption
  • High-quality photoinitiators
  • Low or no HAPs

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Creating a Sustainable Future for Inkjet Printing

Kao is focused on formulating a more sustainable, greener printing process that considers inks, materials, production efficiency, waste, and recycling initiatives that support our customers’ goals, as well as Kao’s corporate commitment to sustainability. We weigh numerous factors as we engineer our inks, including:

  • Improving energy usage by reducing energy consumption
  • Reducing or eliminating the carbon footprint of transportation and materials
  • Formulating inkjet inks for new high-efficiency printing equipment
  • Using less ink when printing
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

We work closely with our customers, printhead manufacturers, and OEMs to engineer ink solutions that make the greatest impact.

Contact us for custom ink formulations.

* Inks should undergo third-party, independent lab testing to ensure compatibility with substrates, environmental and end-user conditions, etc.