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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY can be blurry. PSG’s operation, focused on reducing waste and conserving energy and materials, became more cost-effective and efficient. ” POLYCELLO – TECHNICAL INNOVATION PolyCello, a 55-year-old company that has been a member of FTA for 22 years, earned the FTA Environmental Excel- lence Award for Technical Innovation. PolyCello was the first ISO 14001 certi- fied flexo printer in North America, and it recently earned certification by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. PolyCello believes that preserving and protecting the environment is ev- eryone’s responsibility. The company ’s philosophy, which is to remain con- stantly operating with the highest level of integrity, extends to its commitment to the environment, and PolyCello strives to maintain a responsible balance between economic, environmental and social needs. PolyCello’s SmartPack technology is an innovative, environmentally-con- scious packaging that gives the look of high-quality lamination with only one layer. It uses energy-curing technology and a process free of volatile organic compounds. SmartPack reduces pro- duction steps, saving labor costs and energy consumption. It also offers great- er recycling: A flexible package that once had a recycle symbol of 7 is now rated 2, meaning millions of packages each year can be diverted from landfills to the recycling stream. SmartPack is fully integrated into PolyCello’s print- ing process and does not require any downstream production, as is the case with laminated products. “ By working with the entire supply chain, PolyCello was able to generate a flexible package that met the end-user’s requirements while making it easier to recycle,” says awards judge Michael Impastato, of Flint Group. “ T he end- of-life issue for flexible packaging has been the proverbial chicken or the egg. Flexible packaging is not highly recycled because not many recyclers are avail- able for this material. Recyclers do not operate in flexible packaging because the materials are difficult to process and separate. With its approach, PolyCello has addressed the difficulties of separa- tion. Now it’s the recyclers’ turn to step up and use this waste stream. ” Congratulations to these three com- panies—FTA is very proud to call them members! For more information about the FTA Environmental Excellence Award com- petition, contact Doreen M. Monteleone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-737-6020, ext. 30 . n 142 FLEXO mAY 2011 www.flexography.org www.pcindustries.com Phone: 1-847.336 .3300 • Fax: 1-847.336.3232 WHAT YOU NEED TO SEE! WE SEE... FDA Compliant 100% Print Inspection Money Back Guarantee SeeUsAtLABELEXPOBooth#1411 FDA Compliant 100% Print Inspection Digital Web Viewers Money Back Guarantee
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