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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY of the greenhouse gas emissions of the original multi-wall paper packaging structure. The increased packaging strength signifi - cantly reduces waste in the supply chain. The tougher bags have decreased pet food suppliers’ damage rates by 65 to 75 percent. The bags increase consumer confi dence by ensuring the products are packaged in certifi ably healthy and environmentally safe materials. Not to mention, Super Tubes returns jobs to the U.S. by supplanting imported bags. And, CEI reduced the manufacturing carbon footprint by utilizing renewable energies. “Coating Excellence International had a very strong application with long term benefi ts,” stated Judge Ian Hole, EskoArtwork. “They put fl exo fi rst with this substrate.” A BROADER VIEW AllpakTrojan’s holistic approach to sustainability earned it an honorable mention in the Process Improvement category. The facility incorporates and promotes healthy, ecologically sustainable business practices in four areas of the workplace covering the product and equipment, effi ciency and protection, employees and jobs, and commitments and relationships. Its Environmental Action Plan (EAP) encompasses a broader view of sustainability, which incorporates values and goals that encourage them to not only become better stewards of the environment, but also promotes positive economic growth and social awareness. In the area of products and equipment, AllpakTrojan uses FSC- certifi ed papers, low-VOC inks, a balance of recycled and virgin paperboard, more environmentally-friendly cleaners, plate setting procedures that save energy and man-hours, and recyclable protective interior packaging made out of corrugated board. When it came to effi ciency and protection, AllpakTrojan reviewed how it ran the facility and how it could make improvements. The company focused on areas where it could make the facility cleaner, safer and better for the environment. This included ISO 4001 certifi cation; recycling waste; reducing VOC emissions; using radiant heat, which is more effi cient; retrofi tting the lighting to reduce energy use; reusing pallets, some made from post-consumer waste; installing an oil trap electro-coagulation wastewater treatment system; and accepting night deliveries when road traffi c is minimized, thereby reducing the transportation footprint. For the staff , AllpakTrojan requires new employees to go through a rigorous training program that includes safety and environmental aspects. The company hosts yearly employee awareness training. It off ers creative and fl exible shift schedules such as four 10-hour shifts or three 12-hour shifts. Its safety group meets once a month to provide ongoing, departmental, safety and forklift training. Nearly 100 employees take part in a transportation program, which saves time, money, gas, emissions and wear on their vehicles. Super Tubes weigh less than half of the traditional multi-wall paper bags. Keeping employees healthy and happy increases productivity and contributes to the company’s overall sustainability program. AllpakTrojan makes commitments and establishes relationships for the betterment of the environment. It has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy and practiced Lean Manufacturing and 5S techniques. The company, with the support of staff , volunteers time, money and services to a variety of community endeavors throughout the year. “AllpakTrojan earned recognition because it went well beyond Solar panels generate clean electricity and reduce atmospheric emissions for Creative Labels. the eff orts of most and their program could be replicated by others,” commented Rogovein. BRIGHT IDEAS Creative Labels is a narrow web fl exographic printer with 24 employees housed in an 18,000sq.ft. facility. The company produces custom food labels. It chose to reduce its carbon footprint by undertaking two major projects. The fi rst was to review its lighting, especially in the production area. The fi rm did installations and upgrades replacing high wattage lights with more energy effi cient lighting which would be brighter. As a result of committing to reduce electrical consumption, the company turned to solar installation. The solar electric system was specifi cally designed to achieve the maximum possible energy cost savings benefi ts while minimizing expenses. The system generates clean electricity that reduces atmospheric emissions. The photovoltaic system also generated a tax credit of $72,000 and rebate of $40,000. With the undertaking of these projects, it has encouraged everyone in the company to make a personal eff ort to reduce energy use and bring “bright ideas” to management for added improvements. Small things, like just shutting down computers and other equipment at night is being done. “Creative Label’s solar system is a great environmental move!” proclaimed Judge Sandra Briolat, Channeled Resources. “The commitment to sustainability exhibited by all of the nominees is a testament to the value of these awards in promoting environmental stewardship. It is encouraging to see broader application and incorporation of green technologies throughout organizations and the industry as a whole. It is certainly raising the bar for future nominees,” insisted Judge David Lanska, Stork Cellramic. “It has been said that we do not inherit the land from our ancestors but rather, we borrow it from our children. At the core of that truth is the responsibility we all must hold for protecting our environment. I truly believe the Environmental Excellence Awards Program is a means for FTA to show the world that companies are taking this responsibility,“ added Linder. ■ For more information about the 10th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards competition, contact Doreen M. Monteleone, director of special projects & EHS services at dmonteleone@fl exography.org, or visit the FTA website later in the year. Entries will be due December 31, 2009. 18 FLEXO MAY 2009 www. f le xography. org