Amsterdam-based RFID-product and IoT-solutions provider Smartrac recently unveiled plans to add environmentally friendly tag options to its offerings, based on graphene inks. Smartrac stated that each of its products that receives a Green Tag will include a published Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), according to ISO 14040/44.
The Green Tag Program announcement outlined criteria that must be met for a Smartrac product to receive a Green Tag label. In addition to being free of plastic—meaning substrates used must be recyclable or compostable paper—the products must use antennas that do not contain heavy metals. Chemical etching of aluminum antennas is not permitted to allow for complete recycling of aluminum residues. Printable antennas must only be printed directly on recyclable or compostable cardboard using Graphene ink.
“I am convinced that our Green Tag Program will fairly and squarely lead the RFID industry in terms of environmental sustainability,” Smartrac Chief Executive Officer Christian Uhl said in a statement. “We are doing this because it is important for all of us and our planet, as well as being in accordance with the wishes of our global customer base, who will soon be able to receive real, sustainable Green Tag products.”