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Flexo Sustainable : Spring 2013
EXCEPTIONAL EVERYDAY! Doreen Monteleone, FTA’s Environmental Excellence Awards program coordinator, maintains, “As sustainability and environmental awareness become commonplace within any proactive business, it gets more difficult to select the most outstanding applicants. What was once considered excep- tional, when this program was first implemented 13 years ago, is now the norm. Paragon Label succeeded in reaching new heights. It stood out in front of all other contenders. ” What impressed this year’s judges? Sustainable FLEXO asked, thereby uncovering the following revelations. “Paragon Label goes over and above the normal scope of a printer,” summarized Judge Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark. Judge Pat Nienhaus, Lauterbach Group, explained, “Paragon stood out because of its very positive influence to the community and surrounding area via tours and outreach.” Paragon Label has a number of programs that save energy, reduce waste, water use and solvent air emissions. The facil- ity features: • Energy-saving compressors • Efficient lighting • Low flow water fixtures • In-house waste water treatment • Digital platemaking equipment • Drought tolerant landscaping • A variety of recycling areas • A “Green Team” that brought in assistance to help find ways to reduce the environmental footprint COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS Paragon’s pride in its program has enabled it to do commu- nity outreach that promotes the brand. Paragon holds facility tours four days a week, having had more than 10,000 visitors. Employees explain the company ’s dedication to sustainable practices and urge visitors, mostly children, to be good envi- ronmental stewards. In response to winning the award, Grossman stated, “To have been presented with the Environmental Excellence Award for 2013 is a great honor for all of us at Paragon Label. It is FTA that really got us involved and committed to being an environmentally friendly operation.” To learn more about Paragon Label, visit www.paragonla- bel.com. n On press at Paragon Label. Paragon Label’s recycling center is a popular stop on plant tours. Here its mission is explained to young children. On press at Paragon Label. www.flexomag.com sPring 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 3
Earth Day 2013