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Green Paper

FSC® CERTIFIED PAPER VS RECYCLED PAPER – What’s the difference?

Recycling symbol made of paper

What exactly is  Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified paper? Why should we use it for your

Printing needs?

Let’s cut through all the jargon and give you the answers to the pressing questions you might have.

Q. What is Forest Steward Council (FSC®) certified paper?

In a nutshell, FSC® is a global certification system that confirms the paper is derived from a responsible source.

FSC® mission is to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC® is a leading catalyst and defining force for improved forest management and market transformation, shifting the global forest trend towards conservation, restoration, and respect for all.(https://fsc.org/en/about-us).

FSC® chain of custody certification provides a credible assurance that products which are sold with an FSC® claim originate from well-managed forests, controlled sources, or reclaimed materials. (https://fsc.org/en/chain-of-custody-certification)

Q. Isn’t FSC® paper just another type of recycled paper?

Recycled paper might not contain a very high level of old paper – some of its content might be virgin pulp – that may not have been harvested in an ecologically sound manner.

 Hence, when you see paper labeled as FSC® Recycled, you can rest assured that it has been verified as being made from recycled content (a minimum of 70 percent post-consumer (PCW) waste (with the balance being pre-consumer waste) are eligible to use the new FSC “Recycled” label.a). (https://fsc.org/en/fsc-labels)

Q. So how do we know if a paper supplier is FSC® Certified?

All products and packaging sold by manufacturers or suppliers that adhere to the standards

and policies of the FSC® are granted chain of custody certificates and the ability to use

FSC® labels. 

There are three FSC® labels: (https://fsc.org/en/fsc-labels)

FSC 100%

All the materials used in products bearing this label are sourced from forests that have been audited by an independent third party to confirm they are certified according to FSC’s COC or FSC FM standards. Of all the FSC labels.

FSC RECYCLED

Products that bear this label have been verified as being made from recycled content (a minimum of 70 percent post consumer (PCW) waste (with the balance being pre-consumer waste) are eligible to use the new FSC “Recycled” label.). The use of FSC Recycled products can help to alleviate the pressure of demand on sources of virgin material, thereby helping to protect the world’s forests.

FSC MIX 

FSC MIX Labels are made of materials from well-managed FSC®-certified forests, recycled materials, and other controlled sources.

It has been projected that paper consumption will increase by 16% over the next decade to hit 461 million metric tons in 2030(1). Demand for paper will therefore continue to outstrip supply despite the shift to digitise the economy.

By using FSC® certified paper products, you and your business can show your commitment by reducing the impact to the environment , which has become more important to consumers in recent years. The Institute of Policy Studies revealed in February 2021 that Singaporeans have become more environmentally conscious. Three-fifths of those surveyed felt that protecting the environment should be prioritised even if it results in slower economic growth and some job losses. This was a jump from 43% in 2012(2).

Therefore, there has been an unprecedented push for companies to showcase their corporate social responsibility credentials. By adopting paper products with the FSC® logo will certainly reflect well on your brand, helping them to improve their corporate image. Using environmentally friendly paper, as supplied by OVOL is one easy way to ensure that you are also acting responsibly and ethically, and are ultimately contributing to the fight against global deforestation.

OVOL Singapore is FSC® certified (License Code FSC C015534)

1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1089078/demand-paper-globally-until-2030/ 

2. https://lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/ips/news/details/our-singaporean-values-key-findings-from-the-world-values-survey

 

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Digital Media

Designing the Perfect Label: Tips & Tricks

When it comes to designing labels, it is about creating something that’s not only functional, but which enables your product to stand out on the shelf. 

It must transmit a brand’s values, arouse interest and ultimately, help a product gain traction in a crowded marketplace.

That’s a pretty long list to tick off. 

So, what makes for good label design? 

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to save money by designing labels by yourself, or a fully-fledged designer, here are some useful tips: 

Tip #1 Always design in CMYK

The bulk of commercial print presses in use today use a four-colour process known as CMYK. Each of these letters correspond to a specific colour – cyan, magenta, yellow and black. These four colours meld in different ways to create a spectrum of shades. However, most design applications are set to RGB colour mode by default. Hence, you need to ensure that the software you use is set up using CMYK before you even start designing your labels. 

 Tip #2 Add a bleed area of around 2 millimetres 

It is always good practice to always add a bleed area – an extra background colour that extends beyond the trim area of your print – when designing labels. This is done to ensure that there are no visible white borders when the printing process is complete, and the label is die-cut along the “trim” line. 

Tip #3 Make sure the logo/branding is prominent 

This is an obvious one, but it can be easily missed. To ensure that your logo stands out and communicates precisely what your brand stands for, avoid using gradients/effects as these often don’t show well in print. Pick clear, clean fonts – keep away from squiggles. And finally, make sure your logo is placed front and centre and is the very first thing customers see. 

Tip #4 Keep your designs clean and simple 

You don’t have to be a user experience expert to understand the significance of dead weight, where the eye is drawn to information or images that do not result in sales. To minimise this issue on your product’s label, it is highly crucial to avoid packing too much into your design. Avoid using multiple fonts, long reams of text and various images in one label. A busy label will only cause confusion, increasing the risk of your product being rejected. The product and brand name should take centerstage, while other text and graphics should be kept to the bare minimum as much as possible. 

Tip #5 Use high quality images 

Image quality is something that should never be compromised when designing a label. In fact, it is the one distinguishing factor that can make or break your product and brand. For instance, you might have an eye-catching logo, a standout colour scheme and a memorable tagline, but if the images are low in quality, your product will be dismissed by customers in mere seconds. As a rule of thumb, do not source images from the Internet. No JPEGs as and no low-resolution PNGs as they don’t print well. Instead, opt for images with a minimum of 300DPI sourced from professional stock image galleries such as Getty Images or Shutterstock and use vector images where you can. 

Tip #6 Pick the right paper to print your labels Paper for printing labels can be made from different materials, each with their own qualities and characteristics.  Paper labels have good ink adhesion and they can be customised to produce the vintage look that’s in fashion today. Fabric labels on the other hand, have a handmade personal feel to them. However, for the best professional finish that suits a variety of products, synthetic paper made from polyester or polyethylene is highly recommended. These are extremely durable and waterproof, making them ideal for numerous applications. They are the perfect solution for creating professional labels. OVOL Singapore currently stocks DigiPrint, a collection of 15 different types of Digital Stickers available in different materials including paper, fabric and synthetic as well as formats, making it easier for graphic designs, artwork or products to stand out.

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Green Paper

Boost Your Sustainability Credentials with FSC® Certified Paper

Sustainability is becoming more important for all companies, across all sectors in Singapore and around the world. 

HSBC’s 2019 Navigator survey (https://www.business.hsbc.com.sg › campaigns) revealed that amongst Singapore firms, 88% agree that sustainable practices will enhance growth and profitability. 

Sustainability was thrust into the limelight once again as countries pushed their zero-carbon agenda amid scientific evidence that climate change contributes to pandemics1. So, addressing climate change now would help humans to become more resilient in the future. We are therefore at a crucial turning point in human history, and over the next decade, governments, organisations and society must ramp up their actions to tackle the climate crisis. 

A study carried out in March 2021 by Accenture in partnership with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (https://wwfasia.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/sustainability_in_singapore_wwf_accenture.pdf) found that Singapore’s state of sustainability is a prime concern for consumers, with 80% stating they care for the environment. A third (32%) claimed that they would make most purchasing decisions based on their product sustainability and environmental impact. A further third (35%) said they would be willing to pay a premium for up to 10% for sustainable alternatives. Evidently, COVID-19 has accelerated consumers’ consciousness of sustainability, and businesses who are at the forefront of this shift stand to reap immense benefits. 

Companies who adopt sustainability policies do not just help the environment – sustainability initiatives can lead to an improved brand image, happier shareholders, reduced overheads as well as increases in productivity. 

How can businesses ensure that they are consuming paper in a responsible manner?

One of the viable solutions is to use paper from Responsible Forestry. That is, using paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) uses a system of inspecting and tracking timber and pulp across the supply chain. This means that trees are grown for commercial purposes which also helps provide a means of livelihood for millions (3) but it is well managed, with trees being replanted with minimal disruption to local communities. Today, over 200 million hectares of forest are managed to FSC® standards around the world.  Businesses that adopt FSC® papers are, hence making an eco-friendlier choice. 

OVOL Singapore pioneered the introduction of paper made from pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. It holds the accolade of being the first paper supplier in Singapore to receive FSC® certification and is dedicated to ensuring that its clients extend their sustainable practices to their printed materials. OVOL currently procures a comprehensive line of FSC®-certified papers across various grades and finishes including papers that have up to 100% recycled content. These are suitable for use in all your printing and visual communication needs – be it for annual reports, brochures, flyers, leaflets, magazines, packaging, mailers and cards. Its most popular offering is Green Forest Offset , an uncoated FSC® certified paper that allows you to reflect your commitment to the environment without compromising on quality, clarity and affordability.

  1. Xavier Rodó, Adrià San-José, Karin Kirchgatter & Leonardo López, Changing Climate and the COVID-19 pandemic: more than just heads or tails 
  2. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1089078/demand-paper-globally-until-2030/ 
  3. https://www.cifor.org/Publications/Corporate/FactSheet/livelihood.htm  
  4. https://www.business.hshbc.com.sg 
  5. https://wwfasia.awassets.panda.org/downloads/sustainability_in_singapore_wwf_accenture.pdf
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Food Packaging Board

Go Green with Eco-Friendly Food Packaging

Singapore’s food and beverage sector has evolved rapidly in the last decade, spurred by a rise in disposable income as well technological innovation. 

Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, food delivery was making momentous inroads, with global online ordering platforms such as Deliveroo, Grab, foodpanda and Uber Eats putting a stake in the island state to garner a share of this lucrative market. 

Market researchers Statista predicts that Singapore’s online food delivery market will grow at an annual rate of 9.6% per annum between now and 2026, resulting in a projected market value of US$766 million1

This boom underscores Singaporeans’ increasing reliance on food delivery services, which is rooted in the nation’s street food culture. The Coronavirus pandemic only sped demand up, as Singaporeans turned to takeaways and deliveries to satisfy their culinary cravings amid restaurant restrictions and lockdowns. 

In 2021, a Deliveroo commissioned survey found that 82% agreed that they would use food delivery services more regularly in the next few years2. Aligned with this exponential growth in demand for food delivery is the emergence of dark kitchens – also known as ghost or cloud kitchens – which are essentially commercial kitchens without a storefront designed specifically to sell meals exclusively through delivery. 

In turn, this has propagated the use of plastic food packaging, resulting in more waste. Pre-pandemic, food related waste in Singapore hovered around 650 tonnes per annum3

There’s certainly been a hefty environmental and economic price to pay for convenience. 

In light of this environmental crisis, governments across Asia are pushing organisations to reduce waste, and Singapore is no exception. Its government introduced its Zero Waste Masterplan in 2019 with the ambition to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. 

Ostensibly, eco-friendly food packaging is becoming more common in the island nation. For instance, the Les Amis Group currently uses compostable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging where possible. And in July 2021, foodpanda launched its Sustainable Packaging Programme to retail 100% plant based eco-friendly food packaging to its restaurant partners. 

Eco-friendly food packaging comes in many forms including paperboard or kraft paper. 

OVOL Singapore currently offers a range of sustainable packaging boards that can be used to  create durable food containers. Its compostable PBS board, a bioplastic coated white board, is also heat sealable and comes in a matt or gloss finish. Bioplastics are made from plant starch and react in a similar way to conventional plastics. It is 100% plastic-free and FDA Certified (Food & Drug Administration) 

OVOL  ES and OVOL PE Food Board are another environmentally friendly materials ideal for food and beverage packaging. Fully paper board grade ranges with FDA and ISEGA certification are also available under Sinar Vanda and Rizhao brands which can be easily converted to meet your packaging requirements while offering an excellent print finish.

  1. https://www.statista.com/outlook/dmo/eservices/online-food-delivery/singapore
  2. https://qsrmedia.asia/research/in-focus/singaporeans-more-reliant-food-delivery-services-survey-reveals
  3. chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.nea.gov.sg/docs/default-source/our-services/waste-management/waste-recycling-statistics-2016-to-2019.pdf
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San Air

Combat Airborne Pathogens with Plant Power

Despite the rapid advancements in technology, we still find ourselves subjected to the majestic power of the natural world. As the Coronavirus pandemic has shown, Mother Nature can turn on you at any time, spreading pestilence, death, and debilitating diseases. But nature also holds some answers to the constant unseen threat we face from the microbial world. 

Essential oils have been used for millennia to treat a wealth of diseases and health conditions that have laid waste to the human body. However, it was not until the end of the 19th century that the antibacterial effects of essential oils were first studied scientifically. The first recorded laboratory test on the antibacterial effects of essential oils was carried out in 1887. This emerged as a result of widespread tuberculosis infections, and observations that workers processing flowers and herbs remained free of respiratory diseases. 

Towards the close of the century, Europe underwent a scientific renaissance, with chemistry making great strides. The clinical approach to aromatherapy continued to develop in France, and in 1969, Maurice Girault developed the ‘aromatogram’.  Aromatograms involve a laboratory technique that identified the antimicrobial abilities of specific essential oils in neutralizing certain pathogens. Since then, numerous scientific studies have been conducted to distill the effectiveness and potency of essential oils in eliminating bacteria and viruses. 

For example, a 2013 study found that basil oil and rosemary oil were both effective in inhibiting the growth of 60 strains of E. coli retrieved from hospital patients1. In that same year, U.S. researchers have also found that staph-infected wounds healed faster when they were treated with vapors of tea-tree oil than with conventional methods2.

So how do essential oils work to fight off pathogens such as mildew, mould, bacteria, and viruses? 

To put it simply, some essential oils are imbued with antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds, and it is these compounds that gives oil their innate ability to combat pathogens. These naturally occurring compounds enable plants to protect themselves from infection, endure temperature variations, heal from damage, and repel pests. Two compounds, aldehydes and phenols, have been scientifically proven to work against a whole host of pathogens2

Aldehydes are a broad-spectrum disinfectant with the ability to kill fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Phenols, on the other hand, act as antioxidants, and they have shown to also possess antibacterial properties.

SAN-AIR has set out to harness this potent power of nature to combat the onslaught of mould, germs, and bacteria that proliferate the world around us. 

The SAN-AIR range of products, officially distributed by OVOL, have been formulated with 100% plant-based actives including essential oils. Unlike most other air purifiers and air cleaners on the market, no harsh chemicals were used in their production, making the range environmentally friendly and safe to use around children and pets. Hence, to protect your home, office or car from pathogens and to kill over 99.9% of airborne bacteria, germs, mould, fungus and spores without toxic and harmful chemicals, your first choice should naturally be SAN-AIR

  1. Monika Sienkiewicz, Monika Łysakowska, Marta Pastuszka, Wojciech Bienias, Edward Kowalczyk, The potential of use basil and rosemary essential oils as effective antibacterial agents, 2013
  2. Karen B Chin 1, Barbara Cordell, The effect of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) on wound healing using a dressing model, 2013
  3. 2. Schnaubelt, Kurt (1999) Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd 
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San Air

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones from Airborne Pathogens

It has been almost two years since the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, changing the way we work and live indefinitely. Our homes are no longer just a transitionary refuge from the daily grind. The spike in the number of individuals working from home has transformed our homes into multifunctional spaces where we now work, eat, sleep and play for a significant portion of the day.

Studies in Europe and North America have found that the average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors – and this was even before Coronavirus disrupted our lives, disconnecting us even more from the wide outdoors.

But did you know that staying indoors for prolonged periods could also be more detrimental for your health than being exposed to air pollution outside your home? 

In addition, the level of pollutants is often two to five times higher indoors than typical outdoor concentrations1.  In the recent decade, environmental factors such as the wider use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, household cleaners, and pesticides in modern homes, have only exacerbated the indoor concentrations of pollutants. Coupled with this is the fact that pathogens such as bacteria and viruses have become more resistant to antibiotics. On November 27, 2021,  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that resistance to antibiotics is now one of the top ten global public health threats facing humanity2. 

These pathogens interact with everyday chemicals to weaken the immune system, making us even more susceptible to disease3. Other sources of indoor pollution include mould, mildew, and dust mites.

Consequently, medics are continuing to see sharp increases in health conditions associated with indoor air pollutants including respiratory diseases such as asthma and pneumonia as well as allergic reactions such as irritation of the ear, nose, and throat. The prevalence of allergic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, and food allergy has been mounting worldwide, as shown in multiple studies, including the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood4.

Our immunity is thus under much more duress than previous generations.

So, what can we do to protect our health and that of our loved ones? 

Here are some simple steps you can take to mitigate the risks associated with these micro-enemies: 

  1. Ensure that your home is adequately ventilated by opening windows regularly.
  2. Regularly check your home for leaking pipes and your window frames after downpours given condensation can cause mould to grow indoors. Use mould removers to get rid of small amounts. However, persistent areas that are damp should be inspected by a professional. 
  3. Steam clean soft furnishings and upholstery regularly.
  4. Service your air conditioners at least once every three months. 

As an extra layer of protection, we also recommend using air cleaners or air purifiers. 

In response to the omnipresent threat these pathogens pose, OVOL has introduced the SAN-AIR  product range which is available in both gel and liquid forms. These products have been formulated to sanitise any indoor environment by eliminating over 99% of Bacteria, Mould, Fungus & Spores. Moreover, the SAN-AIR LD Concentrate can also be used in conjunction with an air diffuser to function as an air purifier. For greater ease of use and convenience, SAN-AIR’s Air Purifier V3R Reactive Gel Tub and the Air Handler v3R Reactive Gel can be placed in strategic parts of your home, office, or car to combat pathogens.

The unseen dangers within the air of our homes pose a persistent threat.

Take all sensible precautions including using SAN-AIRto protect yourself and others in your household today!

Source:

  1. US Environmental Protection Agency. 1987. The total exposure assessment methodology (TEAM) study: Summary and analysis. EPA/600/6-87/002a. Washington, DC.
  2. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/antimicrobial-resistance
  3. David D Cahplin, Overview of the Immune Response, Us National Library of Medicines 
  4. Asher MI, Montefort S, Björkstén B, Lai CK, Strachan DP, Weiland SK, Williams H, I. P. T. S. Group. Worldwide time trends in the prevalence of symptoms of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema in childhood: ISAAC phases one and three repeat multicountry cross-sectional surveys. Lancet. 2006;368:733–43.
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Graphic Paper

Go Green, Use Environmentally Friendly Paper

Climate crisis is the environmental challenge we face. Along with this, is the need to protect our forests and where possible, use environmentally friendly paper or board for all printing materials.

What does it take to be environmentally friendly?

According to Statista (1), annually the global paper and board consumption in 2020 was about 399 million tons. With the huge number of paper and board consumption, people have become more cognizant of the need to seek alternatives to protect our habitat, prevent pollution and to protect the eco-systems through first reducing waste and where possible, to use environmentally friendly paper.

When you go shopping, you may have noticed that the packaging may mention the use of environmentally friendly paper. This is a tangible and positive commitment of the move towards Green.

For us, OVOL Singapore Pte Ltd, we support our customers with a wide range of environmentally friendly or eco friendly papers. In our effort towards environmental sustainability, OVOL Singapore Pte Ltd has been encouraging our clients to select environmentally friendly paper or board and recycled paper. These materials are sourced from sustainably managed forests which are internationally accredited and audited to ensure the most robust of standards are observed to protect the forests.

According to WWF(2), over 2 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods such as fruits, paper and wood from trees, apart from the shelter, water, food and fuel the forests provide. In fact, after oceans, forests are the world’s largest storehouses of carbon. Forests absorb harmful greenhouse gases that produce climate change. In tropical forests alone a quarter of a trillion tonnes of carbon is stored in above and below ground biomass.

Many of our customers are willing to invest in such credible, sustainably sourced, environmentally friendly papers for their projects which are value for money and affordable.

Our best selling environmentally friendly and sustainably sourced paper range is GREEN FOREST. It comes in two different series, namely Green Forest Offset and Green Forest Smooth.

Green Forest Offset is an uncoated environmentally friendly paper that reflects your commitment to the environment without compromising on quality, clarity and affordability. The philosophy behind Green Forest is simple: we make your prints come to life while keeping the Earth alive.

Green Forest Smooth, on the other hand is a silky smooth version that gives you a finish like no other. Glide your hands across the smoothest surface on an uncoated paper as you imagine the sort of impact it can deliver for you.

Green Forest paper can be used for many different types of applications such like annual reports, books, magazines, cards, packaging boxes, paper bags, calendars, brochures, wrapping papers, label tags and more.

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly paper option for your coming projects, choose our Green Forest paper which is FSC® Certified, acid free, food safe, toy safe and competitively priced!

Connect with OVOL Singapore for free samples now!

Source:

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1089078/demand-paper-globally-until-2030/#:~:text=The%20global%20consumption%20of%20paper,million%20metric%20tons%20in%202030.
  2. https://wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/forests_practice/importance_forests/importance_forests_test/
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Sign & Display

How Display Boards Amplify Your Advertising Campaign?

Display boards provide great in-store visibility to a brand. A simple ubiquitous marketing tool found in shopping malls, supermarkets and stores.

Image from Popai.co.uk

Their important function is to attract customers’ attention and to show them what offers are available and what is currently trending. This helps businesses to reach the relevant consumers and to increase their sales.

What makes display board advertising different from other types of LED or digital display  advertising?

  • Static displays especially those with high visual appeal will hold attention for longer than fast changing digital displays
  • Brand awareness and product recall will be further emphasised as a result
  • More affordable and less energy consuming
Image from Popai.co.uk

OVOL Singapore Pte Ltd has been providing brand owners with a variety of display board options in Singapore for their advertising needs. As an environmentally friendly paper supplier, we also supply FSC certified display boards for customers who prefer to choose materials from sustainable sources. Call us @ 6738 0888 to find out more !