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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
4 Sustainable FLEXO summer 2010 www.flexomag.com FTA’s First Five sGP Printers Earlier this month, C -P Flexible Packaging, York, PA was recognized by the SGP Partnership as a certified SGP Printer. The acknowledgement makes C-P the fifth FTA member and flexographic printing company to earn this status. The other companies include: • Global Packaging, Oaks, PA (March 2009) • InterFlex Group (formerly C&H Packaging), Merrill, WI (Oct. 2009) • Robbie, Lenexa, KS (Feb. 2010) • Coating Excellence International, Wrightstown, WI (March 2010) While all of FTA’s SGP certified members have always been environmentally minded to some degree (three are also past FTA Environmental Excellence Award winners), the task of meeting SGP criteria required major modifications to many areas of each plant’s operations. When talking with FLEXO, representatives from each company were asked to explain how their workplace has changed in three different aspects: Plant. What changes were made to the building physically or organizationally as part of certification? Process. In other words, how has the workflow changed? What do employees do differently? Has the company ’s mindset/cul- ture changed in respect to certain behaviors, and if so, in what ways? Product. How was the product coming off the press affected by the efforts to become SGP certified? Does each company take on more “green” jobs? Are they using more “ green” substrates, etc.? C-P Flexible PACkAGinG Responses by Scott Hammer PlAnT There have definitely been more changes organizationally than physically to the build- ings. Organizationally, my title and responsibili- ties were changed to focus on and include all areas of sustainability—facility, process, materials, transpor- tation, and reducing, reusing, and recycling opportunities. We also have a sustainability steering committee that consists of five managers/directors who meet once each quarter to create direction, and objectives, etc. for the sustainability committee. The sustainability committee is made up of repre- sentatives from all departments and meets once per month to discuss project status, new potential projects, the “Sustain- ability Topic of the Month,” the election of our “MGP” (Most Green Person)” of the month, etc... Physically, any changes to the building must be in-line with our internal employee/product safety requirements and AIB requirements, but some changes have been made—i.e . a new internal dispensing system for a greener cleaning prod- uct. And when purchasing new equipment, we do ensure that any potential for sustainable components or modifications are discussed, i.e . extra insulation, higher efficiency motors, etc. ProCess C-P Flexible Packaging has been doing sustainable initia- tives since even before my arrival 10 years ago. C -P has been and continues to be a very environmentally conscience company. And recently, with our involvement with the Sustain- able Packaging Coalition and the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, I think that we have become more knowledge- able about the subject, and are now able to better educate our employees and make them more aware of what they currently do, and allow them to determine if they could do it more sustainably. Some great ideas have been generated by our employees. I think one thing the employees now do differ- ently, though, is that they take what they have learned about sustainability at C-P and apply it more in their personal lives. I know that I have. ProduCT We have had customers continually follow-up with us about the status of our certification, as they were generally excited about what we were doing. Since we have just received our certification, I think that it is too soon to say what impact it will have on the products coming off of our presses/equipment or FTA SGP Printers that also won FTA Environmental Awards include: • Robbie (2010) • Coating Excellence International (2009) • InterFlex Group (as C&H Packaging) (2008) C-P Flexible Packaging: Certified sGP Printer June 2010 FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 4 7/13/10 4:55 PM