Sustainability is a core tenet of BCM Inks. Leaving a legacy not a footprint is the goal of company leadership and all associates. From being the first North American-based ink company to receive the Certificate of Green Partnership from SONY Corp. to continually developing environmentally sensitive products, BCM Inks is renowned for its responsible business practices. For BCM, green definitely is more than a color.
BCM Introduces PCR Black
BCM Inks, in collaboration with Close the Loop, has developed a unique water-based flexographic black ink for the direct print corrugated market. PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) Black utilizes inks and toners recovered during the inkjet and toner cartridge recycling process.
With the recovered ink and toner, BCM manufactures a printable black ink. Approximately 200,000 inkjet cartridges are saved from landfill for every 450lbs. drum of PCR Black used!
PCR Black is a viable print option for kraft or mottled white substrates. Designed specifically for the corrugated market, this ink provides an excellent alternative to other general use black inks. PCR Black is a rich, dense black ink that transfers well, has great rub resistance and in many cases has helped to increase press speeds. PCR Black contains no heavy metals (TPCH/CONEG), i.e., Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Hexavalent Chromium and has no HAPS (heavy air pollutants).
BCM Introduces Eekoflex Inks and Varnishes
BCM’s Eekoflex inks and varnishes meet the needs of companies looking for a cost effective way to offer customers a more “sustainable” printed product.
The inks and varnishes are made from paper residue, contain no heavy metals, have little to no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and are shipped in reground plastic buckets, reused 55 gallon drums, or returnable totes.
Eekoflex prints the same as other water based flexo inks with the added benefits of improved lay and minimal bronzing.
Eekoflex inks and varnishes save 3 gallons of petroleum and 60 pounds of carbon dioxide per 450 pound drum of ink. Eekoflex is a viable alternative to soy or other vegetable commodity based inks. Eekoflex’s sustainability claims have been validated by a third party auditor. Visit the Greener Package Database to learn more.
BCM Receives Green Partner Certification from SONY Corp.
In April 2005, BCM Inks, officially, became the first North American based ink company to receive the Certificate of Green Partnership from SONY Corp. The certificate recognizes BCM’s establishment of an environmental management system that complies with SONY’s stringent environmental standards. At BCM, a clean environment continues to be a top priority.
BCM is a member of Hamilton County’s Go Green Challenge
Rob Callif, Vice President of BCM INKS, says, “We strive for a reduction in environmental impact so it was a natural fit for us to be a part of this initiative. We’re pleased that the county where our business resides, Hamilton County, is making more companies aware of environmental issues.” Learn more about the Hamilton Country Go Green Challenge.
David Callif is Co-Chair of AICC Sustainability Committee
“I’m extremely pleased to be involved with the AICC’s Sustainability Committee. We look forward to helping further educate the AICC membership about this important initiative,” states David Callif, President of BCM INKS.
BCM’s Eekoflex inks are featured at Material ConneXion
Material ConneXion, the leading global platform for sustainable material solutions and innovations, approved BCM’s Eekoflex inks and varnishes on their online database. The Eekoflex ink print samples are also on display at Material ConneXion’s worldwide office libraries. Visit Material ConneXion to learn more.
Rob Callif is published in “Sustainable Graphic Design”
Rob Callif is one of the contributing authors in “Sustainable Graphic Design” by Wendy Jedlicka, a consultant and professor specializing in sustainable design. Rob helped with the ink chapter within the book. Get your copy now at Amazon.com!
Renewable Energy Certificate
BCM Inks facility is powered by using renewable wind energy from Cincinnati’s Constellation Energy “Going Green”.