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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
6 Sustainable FLEXO summer 2010 www.flexomag.com sheets are supplied on any waste energy products and an assessment is made that the burning creates no adverse environmental impact. The waste energy plant is federally governed for environmental compliance. • Microfoam used to ship and store printing plates is being saved and sent back to the suppliers for reuse. Started in October 2009. • Can and plastic bottle recycling implemented in Novem- ber 2009 with the local waste disposal company. • Scrap rolls and setup rolls off the printing presses to be either recycled or used for burning at a waste energy plant. Program officially started in December 2009 with an expected landfill reduction of 200,000 pounds/year. To date, the implemented programs have resulted in an an- nual landfill reduction of 33 percent. We continue to seek out ideas from our team members to improve our landfill reduc- tion efforts. Robbie has made landfill reduction a company- wide incentive goal where all team members can receive a bonus based on our goal achievement. ProduCT We see more customers asking us about our sustainability programs and what we are doing as a company in terms of wastes, alternate materials, and overall sustainability efforts. We provide retail packaging. In the last few months we have seen an increase in the requests to use the SGP logo on finished packages that you will se in the grocery store. So SGP is going beyond just the printing industry, it is now be- ing shown to the consumer world. Educating consumers on sustainable packaging was first brought to the forefront by Wal-Mart. Robbie is now doing its part to promote this educa- tion at the consumer level. GlobAl PACkAGinG Responses by Michael Frost (president), Brad Klopp and Debbie Hobbs PlAnT We are completing a new plant expansion this summer. Among the elements of the expansion are items geared toward improving overall efficiencies. The new building will have skylights to maximize natural lighting, use energy efficient light fixtures, replace many redundant, isolated and independent manufacturing support systems with centralized systems that will improve overall energy efficiencies and improve the ergo- nomics and work environments for our employees. ProCess Our new chiller has an economizer mode that allows the plant process water to be cooled by outside air during winter months eliminating the need for the compressors to run. In June 2010, we installed a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) to replace the existing oxidizers. Heat recovery of the oxidizer ex- haust is captured and used to heat the plant during the winter. The RTO is more efficient and will use less natural gas then the existing oxidizers. ProduCT From a sales perspective, we are constantly promoting our status as a Sustainable Green Printer. We have attended Trade Shows and Conferences with greater emphasis on Green Packaging and Processes. Customers and Industry Profession- als are anxious to learn about the process and benefits of SGP Printers. Ensuing discussions lead to other ‘green Initiatives’ with our customers such as recycling pallets, cores or wicket pins. Many of our customers have expressed interest in using the “Printed by an SGP Printer” Logo on their bags. The SGP designation differentiates us from our competitors and may provide the impetus necessary to win the customer’s busi- ness. Finally, as members of the PA Environmental Council and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, it allows us to network with like-minded individuals and compa- nies, to enlighten them about the benefits of flexible packaging, Global Packaging Inc. , and the SGP Partnership. inTerFlex GrouP Responses by Mike Dennis and Jay Downey PlAnT Adopting sustainable best practices in our plants has lead to some milestone achievements with respect to metrics and results that we track. For instance, In- terFlex has cut water usage at one site over 90 percent by switching to a 100 percent closed loop cooling system. We have reduced landfill waste almost 70 percent by finding various recycling outlets for all of our waste streams. We have cut electrical demands almost 20 percent by placing more emphasis on controlling the usage and through updated lighting. Finally, we have reduced heating fuel consumption by redistributing heat produced from our equipment to other parts of our facilities that would have otherwise consumed energy for heating. In ad- dition to the environmental impacts above, we also adhere to the social responsibility of having best practices as it applies to the fair management and treatment of employees. Global Packaging: Certified sGP Printer march 2010 FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 6 7/13/10 4:55 PM