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KMP now Nordic Ecolabelled

Thursday, 24 January 2019

As of January 2019, KMP offers Nordic Ecolabelled (former name: Nordic Swan) printer supplies. Certified toner cartridges meet high standards of quality and environmental protection. The ecolabel certifies the tested products’ low impact on the environment, encompassing all stages of their life cycle.

Independent organisation successfully inspected KMP’s production site

Market surveys show that Nordic Ecolabel is recognised and accepted by consumers worldwide. State-owned non-profit facilities audited our Czech production site and found it to fulfill all of their requirements. For instance, the auditors confirmed that the production process satisfies the environmental objectives of international standard ISO 14001 to which our site was already certified in 2010.

Re-manufactured, durable cartridges as a sign of quality

The saving of resources is an important criterion of sustainability and thus a sine qua non for the Nordic Ecolabel certification. KMP successfully proved that their re-manufactured toner cartridges consist of at least 75% recycled components. The company also convinced Ecolabelling Sweden, the responsible body, that they produced durable goods, thus efficiently managing the used raw materials. Single-use products – on the contrary – bind resources that the consumer has to dispose of after a short while. In order to assess the quality of the cartridges, Ecolabelling Sweden evaluated customer satisfaction by looking at the complaint rates. In all of the cases, KMP’s cartridges scored less than 1% of complaints and thus reached the target set by Nordic Ecolabel. We also gave proof of our cartridges’ high print quality and comparable print capacity figures that have been attested by independent institutes.

Resource-saving policy

In measuring sustainability, Nordic Ecolabel goes well beyond inspecting the production process. To reduce the exploitation of resources to a minimum, certified companies have to collect their empty cartridges and recycle or dispose of them according to law. KMP’s own recycling center “Save Resources” re-manufactures used cartridges and forwards those beyond repair to recycling companies. In doing so, KMP saved around 600 tonnes of raw material from incineration in 2018.

We present our cooperation with Ecolabelling Sweden for the first time at Paperworld 2019 in Frankfurt am Main: booth C81, hall 5.1.

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