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Flexo Sustainable : Spring 2013
Based on that history, as well as the continual improvement path that it pursues, Global Packaging was awarded honor- able mention in Flexographic Technical Association’s 2013 and 13th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards competi- tion. It secured the very same honor in 2005. CONSISTENT, REPEATABLE PERFORMANCE A FTA member since 1997, the Oaks, PA facility, singled out for recognition, specializes in printed roll stock and converted bags for the consumer product, food, bakery, confectionary and pet food markets. 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. Global Packaging, however, succeeded in reaching new heights and setting precedents for others to aspire to. It stood out in the field of contenders.” What impressed this year’s judges? Sustainable FLEXO asked, thereby uncovering the following revelations. “Global Packaging did a nice job of combining leadership with execu- tion,” exclaimed Judge Don Duncan, Wikoff Color. He also noted, “It was good to see environmental actions that lead to real savings. ” Judge Lori Ashford, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles, added, “ Global Packaging was able to show how it saved more than $128,000 by implementing projects that were generated by employees and supported by management.” The combination of new technology and a streamlined pro- cesses achieved this return. Performance highlights follow. • Using Twinlock instead of stickyback saved more than 2 million square inches of material • Global began extruding its own film in its sister facility in North Carolina and recycled all unprinted scrap, closing the loop on the waste stream and sending nearly 72 tons less to the landfill • Wicket pins and spools were recycled, saving $73,000 PLANT-WIDE PENCHANT Pollution prevention, waste reduction and lean manufactur- ing processes have been part of the flexographic printer ’s lexicon for many years. In 2009, Global Packaging was the first flexographic facility certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. In Global Packaging’s sustainability policy, Frost states, “ We have an active management process and practices that incorporate environmental, health, and safety consider- ations into equipment selection and operation, raw materials acquisition, and our production process. We regularly seek to reduce waste, find ways to reuse and recycle; and use energy more efficiently.” Elaborating on those points, he states, “To Global Packag- ing, social responsibility includes providing a workplace with equal employment and business opportunities for applicants, employees, customers and visitors; while complying with ap- plicable local, state and federal laws, including but not limited to employment, safety and environmental requirements.” To learn more about Global Packaging, visit www.glopkg.com. n Schavi laminator in place at Global Packaging, Oaks, PA . www.flexomag.com SPrinG 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 5 On press at Global Packaging.
Earth Day 2013