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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
8 Sustainable FLEXO summer 2010 www.flexomag.com People, Planet, Profit Flexography Principles & Practices spotlights environment, Health & safety The precipitous rise in the global population, the resultant strain on the Earth’s limited resources, and concerns related to human health and global climate change are all contribut- ing to an industry-wide examination of the sustainability of current printing practices and systems. Given this de- mand to be more sustainable, the focus of the Environment and Safety Chapter of Flexography: Principles & Practices is changing dramatically from its presenta- tion of 11 years ago and is essentially being, totally rewritten, with publication set for late 2010. “ In 1999, when we were writing the 5th Edition of FPP, com- pliance with regulations, especially the Clean Air Act, was the main focus of the printing industry. Each section of the old chapter highlighted a different regulation,” commented chap- ter leader, Doreen Monteleone of FTA. “Sustainability wasn’t even in our vocabulary back then. The new chapter still touches upon applicable regulations for flexographers, but emphasizes how to implement best practices to comply and go beyond expectations to also encompass sustainability.” Regulations have certainly not gone away, but the expectations of sustain- able business exceed just meeting regulatory obligations. Compliance is a given. A facility cannot be sustain- able if it is not in compliance with the law. These laws evolve and, for the most part, are made more stringent over time. The EHS chapter reviews the regulations that apply to flexographic printers including: • The Clean Air Act. • Toxic Substances Control Act. • Resource Conservation & Recovery Act. • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act. • Clean Water Act. • Occupational Safety & Health Act. However, because states may adopt regulations that are more stringent than what is mandated by the federal gov- ernment, it is still important to check with local agencies for applicable requirements. minimizinG WAsTe An overview of waste reduction practices outlines ap- proaches that flexo printers can use to reduce overall genera- tion of pollutants. They include the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle and recovery. By taking an objective view of the entire facility there may be many instances where the 4-Rs can be implemented. Printers purchase a diverse amount of new and semi- finished materials that are added to inventory. Through some • Best Practices Emphasized. • Sustainability Encompassed. • Waste Reduction Practices Critical in EHS Programs. • Mantra = Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery. • VOCs Can be Controlled; Emissions Managed. FP&P eHs TeAm members Doreen Monteleone, FTA Dan Bemi, MEGTEC Systems Michelle Donohue, Global Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Debbra Johnson, DuPont David Lanska FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 8 7/13/10 4:55 PM