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Flexo Sustainable : Spring 2012
In response to what their customers are demanding, print- ing facilities have already started or are planning to start doc- umenting green efforts. Nearly 40 percent of printers polled are setting measurable goals with almost 38 percent issuing company-wide sustainability reports. Twenty-five percent are calculating the carbon footprint of their facility and more than 15 percent the carbon footprint of their printed products. Printers were also queried about specific certification pro- grams that may provide some assurance to their customers that they are embracing sustainable business practices. Some certification programs have been available for more than 20 years, while others are relatively new. They allow printers the opportunity to validate their accomplishments by a third-party. The options for responses in the survey included: • Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) - Holis- tic sustainability certification program for all types of printers in the US and Canada. SGP began certifying printers in 2008 • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - Single attribute chain-of-custody paper certification program. FSC was established in 1993 • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) - Single attribute chain- of-custody paper certification program. Launched in 1994 • Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI) - Initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food. There are a number of different benchmark standards including Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. SQF 1000 is for food producers and SQF 2000 applies for manufac- turers and distributors. GFSI has been in existence since 2000 and SQF was first published in 1995 • ISO 14001 - Facility standards relating to environmental management. This standard was first published in 1996 • ISO 9000 - Quality management system designed to ensure a facility meets the needs of its customers and therefore be more sustainable. ISO 9000 was published in 1987 • Label Initiative for the Environment (LIFE) - Environmental certification for TLMI label printer members. LIFE was established in 2008 • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - Practical and measurable green building design, con- struction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED was developed in 2000 Some of these programs address single attributes like paper, some are strictly environmental and others are for general business practices. The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership is the only one of those listed that encompasses the entire printing industry and all aspects of sustainability in- cluding environmental, health and safety and labor practices. 14 Sustainable FLEXO spring 2012 www.flexomag.com
Year End 2011