Achieving the certification means the low-emission, low-odour inks have been through a rigorous testing process to ensure they meet standards for low chemical emissions for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. According to certification administrator UL Environment VOCs in buildings and furniture are a major source of indoor pollution.
The 14 inks that have achieved accreditation in the range, many of which also have the Nordic Ecolabel stamp, include Uvijet KA, KI, KN, KO, KV, LF and LL for the Acuity range of printers, OB, OL, OW, OZ designed for the Inca Onset range, US designed for the Uvistar series and WH, WI for the Acuity F.
Mike Battersby, marketing manager at Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems, said the creditation was vital for those working with the inks and that the manufacturer was looking forward to others in the range gaining the same standards following testing.
He said: “There is increasing demand for healthier products and working environments across many industries, and regulations are changing as a result.”
Battersby said that Fujifilm’s passion was to make environmentally friendly products that were "zero waste to landfill".
He explained that the firm’s UK factory, based in Broadstairs, generates its own electric power in-house via 800 ground-mounted solar panels that also drive its manufacturing equipment.
“Running our business this way allows us to conserve and reuse heat energy, helping to reduce our internal carbon footprint and pass those same benefits on to our customers.”
Battersby said that achieving the UL Greenguard certification further confirmed its commitment its environmental standards and chemical policy, which he stated meant “that they will be designed for health, safety and the environment, offering customers total peace of mind that the inkjet inks they are using are certified as low-emitting”.