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Flexo Sustainable : Year End 2011
“Not only does SGP give us an economic edge with track- ing, controlling, and improvements in waste and energy use, but it also provides additional motivation to continuously strive to do more and improve what is already being done. Addition- ally we welcome the potential marketing edge that we may enhance current business relationships and ultimately assist with establishing new business,” stated Preston Bryant, vice president of manufacturing, Plastic Packaging, Inc. Paul Douglas, process engineer, added, “Here at PPI, we have a noticeably higher awareness of issues and opportuni- ties associated with efforts around sustainability. You see lights turned off in unoccupied offices, conference rooms and break rooms that were previously left on during normal work hours. Plastic and aluminum recycling bins are used, filled and emptied with high frequency. You will hear associates say, ‘Hey, don’t throw that in the trash we can recycle it!’” CRITERIA REVISED In 2010, the SGP Technical Committee began a complete review and revision of the general printer criteria which was created in 2008. Many sections were revised to clarify require- ments that had proven in practice to be difficult to interpret or understand by printers or auditors involved in the certification process. After almost eight months of work by a committee comprised of members of the SGP Board of Directors, certi- fied facilities, and SGP auditors, a draft of the revised criteria was made available for public comment on the SGP website in late 2010. Final revisions were adopted in May 2011 and the updated criteria document was made available on the organization’s website. A companion guidance document with frequently asked questions was also created to help ap- plicants understand the required criteria. The 2011 criteria made carbon footprinting (scope 1 & 2) a requirement, and no longer an option. To aid FTA members in understanding the concept, the FTA Sustainability Commit- tee worked together to develop a series of articles on carbon footprinting. They appeared in the August through November 2011 issues of FLEXO Magazine and the fall issue of Sustain- able FLEXO. SGP Certified Printer and FTA Member InterFLEX Group, Merrill, WI . SGP Certified Printer and FTA Member Global Packaging. www.flexomag.com yEAr-End 2011 Sustainable FLEXO 5