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Innotech introduces a biodegradable print media

Innotech introduces a biodegradable print media
Innotech Digital & Display has launched what it claims is the sign and print sectors’ first fully biodegradable print media. Once discarded and disposed of via the residual waste stream, Envirotech BIO250 PVC Free Biodegradable Print Media Grey Back 250g/m2 FR EN13501 will decompose within nine to12 months.

Made from 100 percent natural fibres, the Envirotech BIO250 print media is robust, and can be used in conjunction with Latex, UV-C and solvent ink technologies. There is no compromise on printed display quality or durability, which offers a durability of up to two years, but it breaks down quickly when in the right compostable conditions.

Until now, most print materials have ended up in landfill sites, with many thousands of square metres of media simply adding to the global pollution crisis each year. However, Innotech claims that Envirotech BIO250 print media provides a practical and effective opportunity that can be used to make a real difference to the planet.

Derek Shedden, Innotech’s National Sales Manager for the UK said: “This is a massive break-through for our industry.  The pressure has been on all of us operating within the print sector to mitigate our impact on the environment, and this is a massive stride in the right direction!”

Initially, the material is available in 2.2m and 3.15m widths, making it the ideal choice for myriad applications including short-term campaign banners, wall coverings, roller banners, stretched frame canvases and exhibition backdrops. In Innotech’s own Eco Impact Score Tool, the product rates B, which is amongst the highest of all ecologically friendly materials on the market.

Shedden continued: “Whilst we understand the ultimate goal is to achieve closed-loop recycling at end of life, with the limited infrastructure currently available, this is the obvious solution in the meantime, especially where media recovery across multiple locations, can be very difficult.”

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