Transform Your Folding Cartons Sustainably

Transform Your Folding Carton Packaging by Thinking Outside— and Inside—the Box

At Sun Chemical, we have developed a refreshing way to fold more sustainability into your folding cartons. With the most eco-friendly solutions available, we can help you create the total package—even without plastic. Our unique and innovative technology not only allows you to print inside and outside the box, it gives yo­u an opportunity to create strong, safe, and sustainable packaging that the world needs and consumers want.

Drawing from our 200+ years of knowledge and experience in the folding carton market, we’ve developed an ink and varnish combination that prints ‘inside the box’ and replaces polyethylene barriers while still ensuring the required grease, oil or water resistance properties of the carton are maintained. Not only that, it prints with similar intensity and stability to that of a standard low migration ink, opening up a whole new world of opportunity for ‘in the box’ printing.

This technology falls in line with our approach to sustainable product development, which includes risk management and eco-efficiency improvements, as well as a proactive approach in working with suppliers, customers, and industry trade groups to promote best practices. Using our 5Rs framework (Reuse, Reduce, Renew, Recycle and Redesign) as a guide, Sun Chemical invests significantly in R&D to improve the eco-efficiency and sustainability of packaging that utilizes its inks, coatings and adhesives to support a circular economy.

By choosing to operate more sustainably, your print operation will not only play a vital role in helping to reduce waste and lower global COemissions, it can also cut costs, boost business growth and significantly enhance public perception. We invite you to download the infographic to learn about ways you can continue to improve the sustainability of folding cartons.

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Sun Chemical's SunEco Portfolio of Solutions for the Folding Carton Market


SunPak® DirectFood Plus

SunPak® DirectFood Plus is a unique ink offering that allows you to print ‘inside the box’ and replace PE barriers while still ensuring the required resistance properties of the carton are maintained.


SunColorBox Color Management Solution

SunColorBox is a digital color management solution that delivers a fully digital workflow in order to ensure color accuracy effectively to brand owners and designers anywhere worldwide.


SunPak® Migration-Compliant Inks

Based on renewable bio-based materials, SunPak award-winning migration compliant inks deliver low VOCs and assurance that printing can occur inside and outside of a package in contact with foods and sensitive materials.


SunUno Solimax

SunUno Solimax is an ink platform that can cover multiple end-use applications and was developed and certified as Vinçotte-TÜV for use on “OK Compost” packaging, resulting in less waste going into landfill/incineration.


SunBeam Electron Beam Curing Inks

SunVisto® AquaGreen inks are comprised of bio-based raw materials and deliver equal to superior performance. With full adoption, CO2 emissions can be reduced by over 30 percent or approximately 700,000 tons per year.


SunBeam Electron Beam Curing Inks

The SunBeam family of EB curing inks use bio-based raw materials, comply with low migration and low odor requirements, and help lower print waste.

Aligning Our Sustainability Goals with the United Nations to Benefit Folding Carton Market

We’re aligning with the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development by incorporating sustainability in all aspects of our business, from sourcing, manufacturing and the distribution of goods, to regulatory guidance and the development of biorenewable products and other solutions that improve the eco-efficiency of customer processes.







Sustainability Report
Video: Sustainability at Sun Chemical
5Rs Infographic: Growing Your Package Production Sustainably
Sustainable Growth Guide: How to Grow Your Packaging Production Sustainably
FLEXO Tech Talk Webinar: Redesigning Packaging Sustainably While Maintaining Performance