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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Spring 2011
vironmental management system (EMS), such as ISO 14001, an SMS has the same basic structure, but goes beyond the E in EMS and incorporates the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and profit. Thirty-four percent of the printers re- ported having an SMS in place, as shown in Figure 3. (Editor’s Note: For additional information on SMSes, see the March 2009 issue of FLEXO.) Printers are not working alone to become more sustain- able. The vast majority of the respondents, nearly 90 percent, reported working with their suppliers to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint. And, nearly 90 percent said they were implementing waste reduction or recycling programs. Going one step further, a number of members have calcu- lated their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), as shown in Figure 4. These calculations can be highly variable depending on the method being used and Figure 4. Percentage of respondents that have calculated their carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions. Figure 5. Percentage of Flexographic Technical Association members that have earned sustainability certifications or certificates from third parties. (AIB = American Institute of Baking, FSC = Forest Stewardship Council, SFI = Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SGP = Sustainable Green Printing Partnership) SuStainability Survey revealS ChallengeS in global PaCkaging induStry WILMINGTON, DE- -The need to package food, con- sumer and industrial products in a more sustainable and affordable way dominates the worldwide packaging industry, according to DuPont’s global survey of consumer packaged goods companies and packaging converters. More than 500 packaging pro- fessionals were surveyed and over 40 percent sited sustainabil- ity as the tough- est challenge while 33 percent named cost as a major factor. “Sustainable, cost-effective solutions that reduce packaging’s environmental footprint are a top goal across geographies,” said William J. Harvey, president – DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “ This is especially true in the food and beverage industry, where consumer demand for products supporting health and wellness goes hand-in-hand with a demand for more sus- tainable solutions.” Meeting sustainability challenges requires multiple strategies, according to survey results. Of those respon- dents working on sustainable packaging, 65 percent say their efforts are focused on design for recyclability or use of recycled content; 57 percent are focused on weight reduction; 41 percent rely on renewable or bio-based mate- rials and 25 percent say they are focused on compostable materials. “ T hese survey results confirm that there are many path- ways to improving packaging sustainability,” said Harvey. “ It starts with close collabo- ration through- out the value chain to spark innovation.” www.flexography.org SPRING 2011 Sustainable FLEXO 5