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Flexo Sustainable : Winter 2009
tony Corsillo (right), director of sales, innovation and packaging automation for Cascades Boxboard in Cobourg, On, Canada, along with the plant’s general manager eric news. Cascades Boxboard Green Before it was trendy By Christian r. Bonawandt Q: How long has Cascades Boxboard in Cobourg, Ontario had a green/environmental/sustainable policy? We do an audit on our customers that helps determine where they could be saving money. The last three customers realized a 15 percent to 30 percent environmental savings. This includes transport, packaging reduction costs that we developed for them. The marketing benefit is the greener, but the hidden agenda is to be leaner. Through the leaner we find the greener. We have been doing this for a long time now, but everyone wants to hear it in the form of sustainability. Packaging reduction has been the priority for the past 44 years in our company. Of course, our internal processes, especially our mills, are the greenest in North America and have been since their inception. We save five times more water than the industry 12 Sustainable FLEXO Winter 2009 average. We own our own garbage pickup facilities that recover paper from municipalities as well as our customers, making us a truly closed loop facility. Q: In its earliest form, what did it encompass or include? The earliest policy came about with our inception in 1964. Our owners started a recycling company and focused all their energies on starting a recycling mill. It was then we started producing 100 percent recycled paperboard products. The main push then was for the environment. When we got into folding cartons, over the last 15 years we focused on packaging reduction and modifying the design to make it more functional both for the retailer and the consumer. The largest push came five years ago, when www. f le xomag.com
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