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Flexo Sustainable : Earth Day 2013
Starflex Packaging, Robinette Co., Secure SGP Certification Welcome Print Buyers' Increased Interest Flexographic Technical Association printer members approximate 20 percent of Strategic Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certified facilities. At press time, their numbers are expected to grow. Listed on the current roster: • The Interflex Group, Merrill, WI • Coating Excellence International, Wrightstown, WI • C-P Flexible Packaging, York, PA • Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, Lenexa, KS • Plastic Packaging Inc., Forest City, NC • Plastic Packaging Inc., Hickory, NC • PolyCello, Amherst, NS, Canada • Global Packaging, Oaks, Pa • Starflex Packaging, Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC, Canada • Robinette, Co., Bristol, TN Two of the 10 recently achieved certification. Others have held that status since 2009, 2010 and 2011. Four---Interflex, Coating Excellence, C-P and Robbie---have been recertified. Renewal is in process at four others---PolyCello, Global and both Plastic Packaging Plants. SGP reports a 90 percent or higher retention rate for certified facilities. FTA's SGP printers have found that working through the criteria, combined with a commitment to continuous improve- ment, has facilitated returns on their investments in many ways. Real examples documented in annual progress reports from SGP facilities include diverting more than 100 tons of waste to a landfill and saving $28,000 per year; reducing water use by nearly 150,000 gallons and saving $5,000 per month; reducing energy use by nearly 400,000 kWh and saving $25,000 per year; and increasing solvent recycling by more than 75 percent and saving $16,000 per year. Certification reflects that each facility has met basic requirements, such as compliance with relevant environ- mental, health, safety and labor laws, along with specific requirements relating to the establishment of a sustainability management system (similar to an environmental man- agement system but incorporates health, safety and labor practices); the use of SGP program metrics (to monitor water, energy, waste, carbon footprint, illness and injuries); taking specific steps to reduce the facility 's environmental footprint; implementing pollution prevention activities; and committing to fundamental social and ethical norms. Those certified are reaping returns on investments, gaining new work, forging new alliances within the printing industry and welcoming increased interest from the print-buying com- munity. Several consumer product companies----package buy- ers---have pledged to cultivate a sustainable supply chain and that has resulted in SGP certified facilities gaining new work. SGP's program was launched with the sole purpose of pro- viding a mechanism for graphic communications companies seeking to be recognized for their sustainability accomplish- ments. It is the only program for the entire printing industry that provides an independent third-party whole-facility certification in the United States, Canada and Australia. Any type of printer can be certified including flexographic, litho- graphic, screen printing, digital imaging or multi-platform, plus in-plant printers and schools and government agencies. Associations like FTA are often equipped to help companies 4 Sustainable FLEXO EARTH DAY 2013 www.flexomag.com