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Flexo Sustainable : Summer 2014
and resources to design, build and operate a facility according to stringent environmental requirements. “Accredo is the largest purchaser of ‘green power’ in the U.S. flexible packaging market,” Cohn stated. “Some of the drivers behind using green power include branding the company as a leader in sustainable energy use, thus providing a marketing advantage, while increasing employee wellness and productivity. Purchasing green power helps the organization become more sustainable and demonstrates its proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable alternatives.” Cohn insists the company “has demonstrated leadership in innova- tion, sustainability and taking action on climate change.” CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE PACKAGES Accredo offers a number of sustainable product options to custom- ers—prepackaged foods and consumer products marketers in North America. High barrier flexible packaging is sourced from conven- tional hydrocarbon based raw materials, but produced in a more sustainable production process. The focus in its development is placed on eliminating waste and minimizing the carbon footprint. Results of actions taken to date are noteworthy: • Precise registration and color accuracy result in significant reduction in ink and solvent usage • A proprietary ink delivery system, use of expanded gamut pro- cess printing and state of the art equipment enables Accredo to significantly reduce waste, input materials and solvent emissions • Accredo offers zippered stand up pouches made from compo- nents that are certified compostable and packaging made from primarily renewably sourced feedstock from sugar cane • One of Accredo’s stand up pouches meets the U.S . Food & Drug Administration (USDA) requirements to be certified “bio based” Management sees such moves as delivering a true value proposition. The point being that using bio polymer/renewable feedstock (as opposed to petroleum/fossil based feedstock) reduces CO2 emissions and moves the plant to a zero carbon or carbon neutral footprint, thereby combating both global warming and climate change. At the same time, it provides a positive environmental footprint/profile, illustrated by conducting a Life Cycle Assessment. IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS Accredo Packaging is no stranger to receiving accolades for its print ca- pabilities, as well as its environmental stewardship. It continues to strive to become more sustainable. Among its recent major accomplishments: • In 2013, Accredo was presented “Best of Show” in the mid web category in FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition • That same year, at the Packaging Association (PAC) Leadership Awards Gala, Accredo received the Silver Award in the sustain- able packaging category • Accredo is in the process of obtaining certification as a SGP Printer with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership • The converter received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S . Environmental Protection Agency “The printer, its products and its operating practices—focused on people, planet and profit—took top accolades in the Sustainability Programs category at FTA’s 2014 Sustainability Excellence Awards competition. The feat caused several contemporaries to take notice. ” SUMMER 2014 | Sustainable FLEXO 5
Earth Day 2014