Sustainable inks for compostable packaging: what are the advantages?

Sustainable Packaging is one of the objectives to achieve as part of the new environmental policies of the European Green Deal. The products must be designed with a focus on their entire life cycle, with particular attention to the disposal phase.

The approach to substainability is a real necessity for the packaging industry, as the environmental impact of packaging influences the decision of consumers, increasingly aware of sustainability issues.attentive to this issue.

The use of raw materials from renewable sources is behind the development of a packaging with sustainable characteristics: reusable and recyclable, biodegradable in a short time, and therefore with low environmental impact.

Therefore, packaging is sustainable, and it is considered when the consumer is informed about the disposal of the packaging and is able to recycle it correctly.


ZANASI Editorial Team

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Biodegradable and compostable packaging: what is the difference?

“Will it be biodegradable or compostable?”

These two terms are often used synonymously, but they have different meanings.
The main difference is the timing and type of transformation. A compostable waste is always biodegradable; on the contrary, a biodegradable material is not necessarily compostable because it may not break down sufficiently during a composting cycle.

What does "biodegradable" mean?

Biodegradable is a material that, thanks to bacteria and other natural agents, can be decomposed into simpler and less polluting substances such as water, carbon dioxide and methane. This material should not be disposed of in the organic bin, but rather in the undifferentiated waste.
The European standard UNI EN 13432 states that a product can be labeled as biodegradable only if 90% of the decomposition occurs within 6 months.

What does "compostable" mean?

Compostable is a material that is not only biodegradable but also becomes compost, i.e., fertilizer, a nutrient that can be used in agriculture.
The compostable material should be disposed of in the wet part of separate waste collection. The products – packaging especially – can only be definitively “compostable” if, in an industrial composting facility, are transformed within 3 months into compost.

Thinkz: eco-friendly inks for coding

At ZANASI, strengthened by our experience gained in inkjet printing systems, we support companies committed to designing new sustainable packaging with a new range of eco-friendly inks, for sustainable marking.

Our Research & Development Area team dedicated to ink design has formulated and designed the new sustainable inks that boast unique characteristics in different environmentally friendly formulations.
Thinkz is the ideal solution for marking sustainable packaging that meets ethicality and respect for nature expectations. Its strengths: use of raw materials with low environmental impact and from renewable sources, product certification, and high compliance standards.

Learn more! Download the thinkz brochure and get in touch with our experts


Advantages of thinkz inks for compostable packaging

Thinkz inks has also obtained the certification of industrial packaging compostability, according to the European Compostability Standard EN 13432. In order to achieve this, inks have passed the same tests as compostable packaging.

We thoroughly studied their development process, starting with carefully selecting materials free of heavy metals and with reduced ecotoxicity. This enabled them to obtain OK Compost INDUSTRIAL certification from TUV Austria.

Certificato Ok Compost Industrial


The ready-to-use ink guarantee for coding compostable packaging, does not require in-application assessments, further testing or risk assessment by the client.


OK Compost certified inks that comply with GMP procedures for the food packaging industry and maintain compostability characteristics of the packaging.


The compostable packaging printed with OK Compost INDUSTRIAL ink can be disposed of in the wet waste, and turns into a new resource, the compost.


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