Circular economy: a guide to sustainable production

Nowadays, working in the manufacturing industry means facing an increasing amount of demands especially in terms of sustainability. Dominating topics are climate change and how industrial processes contribute to the damages done to nature and people alike.

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Aiming for a greener economy, consumer demands as well as regulatory requirements have become numerous and confusing. It can be very difficult for a company to take effective steps towards a more sustainable production without making it less profitable. At the same time, the risk of being accused of green-washing and negative publicity is omnipresent. We’d like to show you a solution and a new approach.

A worthwhile and future-oriented concept for achieving environmental as well as economical sustainability is the circular economy: a world where recycling puts an end to waste, especially to toxic waste.

One important step in this direction is the right choice of materials to work with.

While some materials are easily replaced by more sustainable options, others offer few eco-friendly and efficient alternatives, such as adhesives for bonding processes. In fact, our ALFAPURA® is the only line of adhesives in the world that was certified for its full recyclability with the Material Health Gold® Certification. Because this aspect is essential: Some raw materials are already scarcely available on earth and should therefore be used sparingly. Others contain toxic ingredients and pollute the environment and the people during extraction and processing. Toxic ingredients also harm the recyclability of the end product. To achieve more sustainability, recycling is a must.

Only if all products and their ingredients are reusable to some extent, the economy can function in a circular instead of linear manner and thus become sustainable.

This concept of circular economy is represented by the Cradle-to-Cradle Innovation Product Institute. Their certification program stands for sustainability that takes social, ecological and economic perspectives into account. All adhesives by ALFAPURA® are certified and we can guarantee that our whole value chain has been thoroughly tested – from the extraction of the raw materials to the recyclability of our end products. In this blog post, we will talk about some aspects regarding sustainable production and products. First, we will inform you about eco-friendly materials and how and why to achieve a Cradle-to-cradle Certification®. And second, we will present sustainable solutions for printed products and the packaging industry.

Eco-friendly materials for your products

In recent years, eco-friendliness has become an important subject in many industries such as in the print and the post-print field. Many of our clients displayed an interest in eco-friendly adhesives and ALFAPURA® is proud to offer them a range of cradle-to-cradle Gold® certified products. They have been thoroughly tested for their sustainability, their eco-friendliness, their suitability for a circular economy, and their harmlessness to humans.

But of course, the other components and materials have to be considered as well when determining the ecological sustainability of a product.

Eco-friendly materials for your products

What kind of energy is powering my production? Where do the ingredients for my products come from? Are my raw materials recyclable? Here you can find out what eco-friendly materials are made of!

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Eco-friendly materials for your products

Improve your sustainability with the Cradle-to-Cradle-Approach

Our interest in Cradle-to-Cradle certification was sparked years ago by a client: He wanted to know if we could offer specifically certified adhesives because he was aiming at creating a more sustainable product. We decided to step up our efforts and finally found a way to reach it.

The certification is awarded by the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute and their associate branches, such as the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency Switzerland® (EPEA). These independent institutions work together with different industries to achieve more eco-friendliness in manufacturing. One focus is to strongly advocate cooperation between relevant organizations, industries, and governments.

Improve your sustainability with the Cradle-to-Cradle-Approach

Are you wondering what criteria need to be met for a certification? Or how ALFAPURA® managed to produce completely harmless adhesives? Read more about what it means to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified®!

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Improve your sustainability with the Cradle-to-Cradle-Approach

Why green manufacturing is the future

The manufacturing industry makes up an important part of the economy worldwide and therefore also has an impact on its life cycle assessment. It is no secret that extensive raw material extraction, usage of unsustainable energy, and generated waste damage our planet. But achieving sustainable manufacturing is not enough anymore to reverse these developments. This is why we set as our goal to support the push for an eco-friendly circular economy and green manufacturing. With ALFAPURA®, your manufacturing will become greener and your products more in line with a circular economy. But of course, other aspects are important, too.

Why green manufacturing is the future

Learn how to make your manufacturing greener!

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Why green manufacturing is the future

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Cradle-to-cradle certified®: How to get started

The Cradle-to-Cradle Certification® is a way to validate products and companies for their sustainability irrespective of their industry.

During the certification process, the whole value chain is analysed, from its economic efficiency to many different aspects of sustainability and circularity. With certified end products, you can gain the trust of consumers and your company becomes more competitive.

The renowned certifications by the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute attest transparency to your product and trustworthiness to your company. You can increase the economic and ecological potential of your products in a targeted manner. Environmentally conscious consumers are specifically looking for healthy and ecological products that deliver what they promise. They want to know exactly what the supply chain looks like and if the company is taking responsibility.

Cradle-to-cradle certified®: How to get started

But how should I make this possible for my product? How much do I need to change to fulfil the criteria? Find out more about how to get started!

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Cradle-to-cradle certified®: How to get started

The future of printed products

Concerning the future of printed products, one of the thoughts that come to mind is whether we will ever be able to print in a sustainable way and protect the environment. The printing industry is one contributing factor, using a lot of paper as well as inks and adhesives containing chemical ingredients.

Many companies feel overwhelmed when trying to make printing processes more sustainable because of all the different approaches and ecological criteria. It is our pleasure to support companies all over the world in this challenging process by providing high-quality eco-friendly adhesives that bear a Cradle-to-Cradle certificate®.

The future of printed products

We believe in creating a future where sustainability and profitability go hand in hand in the printing and post-printing business. Are you a believer, too? Learn about how to make your products more sustainable!

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The future of printed products

How to achieve sustainable packaging

The shipping industry not only employs millions of people worldwide, but it also creates a huge and rising demand for packaging. Until recently, the main criteria for packaging material were the price, the supply and how easy it can be handled.

Plastic or aluminium are just two examples of a wide range of versatile packaging options, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Today consumers and politicians alike are asking for sustainable and reusable packaging – this can be quite a challenging demand to respond to for many companies.

How to achieve sustainable packaging

In this article, we will show you how to approach this question: What are good alternatives to plastic? Can I get my packaging certified for its sustainability? Find out how make your packaging eco-friendly!

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How to achieve sustainable packaging