Caring for the Environment

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Foil Blocking Environmental Credentials and Caring for the Environment

The metallic finishes created by foil blocking and other foiling processes use aluminium foil.

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association published a Pira International report in September 2008. It confirmed that a foil blocked print is ‘pulpable’, which is the best way of recycling paper and board. A foiled print is also ‘compostable’ with the thickness of foil on a finished print at just 2 to 3 microns.

Minimising the effect and caring for the environment:

  • Our hot foil blocking process minimises wastage with only the minimum foil needed applied to the product.
  • All foil waste is recyclable.
  • A foil blocked product is compostable. That is to say there is no un-recyclable polyester on the finished product.
  • The metal on a foiled product is aluminium. Aluminium is the most abundant element in the earth’s crust and is well-tolerated by plants and animals. In short it is a naturally occurring substance.
  • Blockfoil holds ISO 14001 certification.

NOT ONLY DOES HOT FOIL BLOCKING PRODUCE THE BEST METALLIC FINISH AVAILABLE BUT IT MINIMISES THE USE OF OUR PLANET’S NATURAL RESOURCES TOO!

*Compostable means that the print can degrade to a form that supports life.
*Pulpable means that the print can be pulped for a later use.

For the latest Pira report click here.

A printed copy of this document can be found in the Blockfoil brochure. Request an environmental credentials flyer here.

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