Future Links September 11th 2014

Here’s our daily link collection with the most important news from the printing industry. Today they feature a successful venture round for start-up Lob, environmentally friendly printing at Yale, SPGPrints new UV-inkjet label printer, Jonathan Sand’s view on the future of packaging, BASF’s sustainable solution steering and a new CompTIA study about paper use in organizations.

Print-API-developer Lob raises 7 million USD
Bridging the world between writing, printing and mailing documents, API developer Lob has attracted the attention of venture capitalists. Lob makes printing and mailing standard documents such as postcards, papers and checks easy and has already more than 3500 customers. More at Venture Beat

BluePrint brings environmentally friendly printing to Yale campus
Students at Yale University will now be able to track their paper use more accurately in an attempt to make printing more environmentally friendly and less wasteful. By using the new PaperCut software Yale is also hoping to streamline the printing process.
More at Yale Daily News

SPGPrints launches UV-inkjet label printers for food and pharmaceuticals
To provide safe, uncontaminated packaging solutions to the food and pharmaceutical markets, SPGPrints launched a range of low-migration UV-inkjet inks. The inks meet the guidelines of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA) and are compliant with the Swiss Ordinance on Materials and Articles (SR 817.023.21). More at What they think?

Jonathan Sands sees sustainability as a growing trend
In an interview with The Die Line, Jonathan Sands, chairman of the brand design consultancy Elmwood, shares his insights about the future of packaging. While he sees sustainability as a growing trend, he also believes there will be “a second moment of truth”. More at The Die Line

BASF introduces Sustainable Solution Steering
BASF has developed a new process for steering its portfolio based on sustainability criteria. The Sustainable Solution Steering method is used to evaluate the sustainability aspects of the approximately 50,000 relevant product applications in the company’s portfolio, which represent sales of 56 billion Euro. More on InkWorld Magazine

Less paper, not paperless, is the trend
A new study from industry association CompTIA shows that nearly 80 percent of businesses are actively involved in efforts to use less paper. The businesses are trying to reduce cost and become more sustainable by limiting their dependency on paper. More at FierceCIO