Scodix Life Cycle Assessment Reveals Significant Sustainability Benefits in Comparison to Traditional Print Enhancement
The Scodix printing process significantly reduces CO2, fossil fuel usage and water consumption
Scodix, Israel, 03 May 2023 – Scodix, the leading provider of digital embellishment solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces its completion of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) detailing a comprehensive comparison of its process against traditional print embellishment and the impact on environment. Conducted by independent third parties, EcamRicert srl and Mérieux NutriSciences Companies, the LCA results highlight that the Scodix enhancement method achieves a reduction in impact and an improvement overall in sustainability for all the categories investigated.
The LCA compared the enhancement of a single B1 sheet through to 100,000 B1 sheets using Scodix foil (175g) with traditional foiling methods. The LCA results showed that Scodix’ technology reduces CO2e (CO2 equivalent) by 85%, fossil fuel usage by close to 85% and water consumption by 80% per B1 sheet, in comparison to traditional hot stamp foiling.
“Scodix is very proud to have achieved these remarkable Life Cycle Assessment results,” says Mark Nixon, Scodix EVP Global Sales & Marketing. “For many companies and brands an LCA Statement of Position is now a requirement for winning certain contracts. As such, it was important we attain a Life Cycle Assessment from a credible body, so businesses can confidently invest in Scodix technology to provide leading brands and print buyers with a greener print embellishment process.
“Data-driven sustainability benchmarking is crucial for not only the CPG industry but is increasingly becoming a need from all print buyers, so we were keen to go beyond the assessment and pursue an LCA study to compare processes. The results of the study were even more impressive and verify how our innovative printing methods reduce the impact on the environment when compared to traditional methods.”
The LCA study reveals that the impacts on the environment mainly arise from electricity use, the production of polymer and the management of waste. The Scodix method of enhancement does not use water, does not require metal-type molds or processes in pre-print production of harmful chemicals, which results in a reduction of energy and natural materials, as well as a reduction in the carbon footprint.
As a result, Scodix’ method leads to efficiency improvements throughout both consumption and impact to the environment, when compared to traditional printing.
Nixon adds, “At Scodix, our mission is to give our customers the tools to add impact to print through enhancement and embellishment. Now we can assure our customers that not only are they getting top-quality embellishment, but the production economics and sustainability impact with Scodix beats traditional processes. By choosing Scodix digital enhancement, but they’re also making a sustainable choice.”
Scodix Ltd. is a leading supplier of industrial digital print finishing machines that deliver stunning and luxurious decorative effects such as Scodix Sense™ embossing, Scodix Foil™, Scodix Spot™ varnish, Scodix Cast&Cure™ holographic effects, Scodix Crystal™, Scodix Metallic™, Scodix Glitter™, Scodix Braille™ and custom embellishments with Scodix VDE™ variable data.
Scodix presses have proven in the industry that they offer more economic options to the printers and converters who use them, while increasing productivity by replacing traditional analog finishing techniques. A clean, environmentally friendly process with no VOC emissions, Scodix PolySense™ digital finishing eliminates the need for plates, molds, chemicals and solvents while reducing energy consumption.
The Scodix Ultra series delivers embellishments in fine detail from A3 to B1 format. Designed for the packaging sector, the Ultra 5000 and 6000 presses work with thicker substrates and feature industrial pallet feeders and stackers. The flagship Ultra 6000 offers a larger B1 format, the largest currently available on the market, and Smart High Definition (SHD) precision. The Scodix Ultra 3000 and Ultra 4000 presses both feature Scodix W2P software, with the Ultra 3000 tailored for Web2Print and the Ultra 4000 for Web2Pack applications.