The new process can be used to recreate the feel and appearance of acid etched glass without the need for toxic or polluting substances. Actually, this new technology is based on the use of a water-based lacquer which vitrifies at around 600°C creating a satin finish on the surface of glass items.
No VOC emissions
Compared to acid etching, Eco-friendly Matting provides a series of benefits, in terms of both function and appearance. “It has a reduced impact on the environment thanks to the lack of harmful substances used in the process, it does not involve VOC emissions, nor the need to dispose of toxic waste,” says Bormioli Luigi in a statement.
This also means greater safety in the workplace. Indeed, when traditional matting processes are performed it is mandatory to adhere strictly to regulations designed to safeguard operators and guarantee safe transport of products and disposal of toxic waste.
100% recyclable end product
Furthermore, water-based lacquering can be used to create an end product which is 100% recyclable while processing waste is reduced to a minimum because any sprayed material which does not adhere to the container is recovered and reused, almost to the last drop. “It should be stressed that containers treated with this kind of lacquer present no risk of material transfer, thus making the process suitable for use in the food sector for creating finishes on glasses and bottles,” highights the glassmaker.
A large array of aesthetic results
In terms of the aesthetic results, ceramic lacquering is more versatile than acid etching, in fact it offers the possibility to use a wide range of coloured pigments and calibrate the intensity of colours.
Eco-friendly matting can be used with masking techniques meaning it can be applied to selected areas of bottles and containers.
Evetually, this solution is also compatible with additional processes, in particular decorations which can withstand firing at temperatures of up to 600°C.
This new lacquering process is in line with the efforts made for several years by luxury glassmakers to reduce the impact of their products. After having made great efforts to reduce the weight of glass of their products, in particular with Ecoline, Bormioli Luigi now offers a more ecological decoration solution.