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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
www.flexomag.com summer 2010 Sustainable FLEXO 7 ProCess InterFlex has always had an eye on best practices when it comes to sustainability. Our mindset as a lean manufacturer and our pursuit of low VOC printing made the move to SGP certification a natural fit. Our company has an established sustainability team, we have implemented a sustainability management system, and we are using the SGP program metrics to track and measure our progress over time. All of these practices are good for business, good for customers, and good for the environment. ProduCT As part of our ongoing evolution in sustainability, we strive to make business decisions that positively impact our prod- ucts and the environment. To that end, we carefully select ven- dors and raw materials for both quality and sustainability at- tributes. We are looking for solutions to packaging problems by proposing products that reduce the carbon footprint in the application. This might include a renewable resource for raw materials, a reduction of total materials used, or even a more efficient transportation solution. In the end, we try to take a holistic approach and provide products that make sense for the application and hold true to our sustainability vision. CoATinG exCellenCe inTernATionAl Responses by George Fickau PlAnT In all departments, from human resources through manu- facturing, we had many operational and procedural policies. These policies/procedures have now been assigned a unique number, are dated when printed, and are posted on the CEI Intranet providing instant access to all employees. Produc- tion areas have all tooling and storage locations labeled. Cleaning and inspection reports are performed daily and the inspection reports are posted on the intranet. We have reduced our waste-to-landfill by 80 percent plant-wide by using employees’ suggestions. We receive invitations to local and national trade associated conferences where we share CEI’s sustainable methodologies. ProCess We are increasing our sustainability through recy- cling of packaging materials. This includes closed loop recycling of packing materials/components from our suppliers and to our customers. Increased recycling has allowed us to convert one of our trash compactors into a cardboard recycling unit. Our employees are better aware of the need to increase recycling efforts and are comfortable in seeking assistance with the disposal of non-traditional waste disposal items, e .g. pails and barrels. ProduCT CEI’s customers and those who are considering CEI as a supplier of printed materials are extremely interested in SGP. CEI has two customers who are actively considering the placement of the SGP logo on their finished consumer products. Customers with knowledge of sustainable programs like the SGP and the Wal-Mart scorecard are well into their quest for sustainable packaging solutions. As an innovative packaging industry leader, incorporating SGP’s standards into our product offerings is the perfect way to share our com- mitment to sustainable manufacturing. n InterFlex Group: Certified sGP Printer October 2009 Coating excellence International: Certified sGP Printer march 2010 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. FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 7 7/13/10 4:55 PM