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Flexo Sustainable : Summer 2012
Toray Plastics, Inc., Receives Environmental Leadership Award North Kingstown, RI — Toray Plastics (America), Inc. , the only United States manufacturer of precision-performance polyester, polypropylene, and bio-based films, announced that of all this year’s recipients of the Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (www.environmentcouncilri.org) Senator John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Awards, it received the highest honor. The annual awards are given in memory of the late governor and U.S. Senator’s dedication to preserving the environment and to honor Rhode Island organizations that have worked to continue that legacy. Paul Urick, vice president of production and safety, Toray Plastics (America), Inc., ac c epted the award at a reception held on May 4 at the Providence, Rhode Island Marriott Hotel. Toray ’s comprehensive sustainability initiative, begun in 2004, is guided by a six-point environmental mission: priori- tize environmental preservation; help prevent global warm- ing; achieve zero emissions of environmental pollutants; promote recycling; contribute to social well-being through environmental improvement technologies and products; and raise employees’ environmental awareness. “ This award means a lot to Toray, and we are very grateful for the recognition,” says Rick Schloesser, president and chief executive officer, Toray Plastics (America), Inc. “ Eight years ago we launched our sustainability initiative and have never wavered in our commitment, nor will we. It is truly gratifying to know that the results of our efforts extend far beyond the bounds of our 70-acre campus and are having a positive ef- fect on the state as well as the global community. ” Among Toray ’s many environmental achievements are the launch of a three-acre solar farm, the largest such farm in Rhode Island; the reduction by 41 percent of VOCs at its facility by the diverting of emission streams to a regenerative thermal oxidizer; the diversion of 1000 tons of non-hazardous waste from landfill and its shipment to a waste-to-energy plant; the installation plant-wide of high-efficiency lamps and motion detectors that turn lights off and save 3.16 mil- lion kilowatt-hours annually; and the recycling of 285 tons of wood, 154 tons of mixed metal, 65 tons of cardboard, 60 tons of paper, bottles, and cans, 156 tons of aluminum, nine tons of used oil, six tons of oil absorbents, and 700 tons of PP and PET scrap, annually. n Fujifilm Installs Conergy Solar Panels North Kansas City, MO – In an effort to bring down costs while keeping its corporate commitment to sustainability, FUJIFILM North America Corp. , Graphic Systems Division, se- lected Conergy ’s PH 235P panels to install on its manufactur- ing facility. One of the first solar construction projects installed in the Kansas City area, with 216 modules, this solar installa- tion will produce about 60,000 kilowatt-hours annually, which is equivalent to taking 600 cars off the road for a year. n Diamond Foods Counts On Kettle For Sustainability Expertise San Francisco, CA—Diamond Food, has propelled the green-leaning mission of popular chip manufacturer Kettle Foods forward since acquiring the Salem, OR, - based company in 2010, thereby establishing a cutting- edge corporate philosophy in the areas of food-source transparency, renewable energy, waste recycling and new sourcing strategies. Diamond Foods was building its own sustainability strategies before acquiring Kettle. The firm installed a roof-mounted, 20-turbine wind farm at its Beloit processing facility in 2007. It also began sourcing packaging materials closer to processing operations and started using soy- based inks on Pop Secret packaging. It also used recycled materials for packaging Pop Secret, as well as Emerald 100-Calorie Nuts and Breakfast on the go! cartons. When buying Kettle, Diamond acquired a 144-kilowatt, 616-panel solar array installed at the Salem facility, so it continued recycling cooking oil into biodiesel. The com- pany also purchased a processing facility in Indiana to reduce transportation energy use in supplying retailers in the Midwest and eastern United States. “ We are proud of our growth in finding new and bet- ter ways — particularly for a company of our size — that demonstrates our growing commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Stephen Sibert, vice president of cor- porate affairs and communications at Diamond. He confirmed that acquiring Kettle allowed those prac- tices to grow. “ Kettle’s sustainability mission has become foundational to Diamond’s Foods sustainability activities. The company is learning from the sustainability insights from Kettle and utilizing those across the company. We don’t see any foreseeable changes to that mission,” he said. Sibert said Diamond has set a zero-waste goal for the Salem facility. In one year the operation reduced its waste stream from 6 percent residual waste to 4 percent residual waste by diverting food waste to cattle for feed and to a biodigester that generates methane gas for industrial applications. Remaining residual waste is incinerated to generate electricity. n www.flexomag.com summer 2012 Sustainable FLEXO 3