DNP Acquires Eco Mark for Plant-Derived Packaging Materials

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Eco Mark by DNP produced polyethylene (PE) film sales promotional materials.

PE materials are part of the DNP plant-derived packaging materials series, using plant-derived materials as a means of reducing the use of petro-derived materials.

The Company also aims to acquire the Eco Mark for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film sales promotional materials in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

[Background]

DNP is focused on the development of a variety of lower environmental impact, sustainability-conscious packaging materials, and in 2010 developed a PE film partially based on plant-derived materials, while in 2012 the Company led the world in its development of a similar PET film.

These products make partial use of plant-derived materials, such as blackstrap molasses, a by-product of the production of sugar from sugar cane, and corn, and as a result, help reduce the use of petro-derived materials. As the plants also absorb CO2 from the air while growing, when compared to petro-derived plastic film, it is also possible to reduce greenhouse gas throughout the product lifecycle.

The Eco Mark is an environmental label applied to those products and services with lower environmental impacts throughout their lifecycle, from raw materials procurement through production to disposal, which fulfill the criteria of contributing to environmental conservation. Displaying the Eco Mark helps producers market their products to consumers as environmentally-friendly merchandize.

In this latest development, DNP has acquired the Eco Mark in recognition of PE film sales promotional materials that are part of the plant-derived packaging materials series.

As a result, companies using this PE film will be in a position to simplify the certification application process1 when acquiring the Eco Mark for packaging materials used with their products.

[Looking Ahead]

DNP aims for sales of 3.0 billion yen in FY2017 from the plant-derived packaging materials series.

 
1 In order to fulfill the requirements for the Eco Mark certification it is necessary to maintain a bio-based synthetic polymer content in excess of 25% in plastic molded products, or in excess of 10% in the case of laminated packaging materials.
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