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FLEXO Magazine : March 2012
Promoflex’s environmental program is exten- sive. The company uses the heat generated by air compressors to heat the facility and lighting fixtures have been replaced with state-of-the-art technology to reduce energy use. Further, its solvent recycling program resulted in reducing solvent purchases by more than 1,000 liters over a nine-month period. And Promoflex didn’t stop there: the company ’s corrugated recycling program has reduced waste by 3 tons annually and reduced its overall carbon footprint by 30 tons per year. Promoflex has an awareness program that encourages employees to participate in these environmental initiatives and make new sugges- tions. The company inspires community involvement by donating all profits generated from Promoflex’s recycling program to social causes—such as the local guide dog foundation. “Promoflex has a very comprehensive environ- mental program in place that ticks all the boxes in terms of sustainability and employee involvement,” states Judge Heather Barrett, MacDermid Printing Solutions. “ What really set it apart was the commit- ment to redistributing the money that it saved from sustainability efforts back into non-profit causes in the community. ” “A ll of us at Promoflex are proud to be the winner of the 12th Annual FTA Environmental Excellence Award,” Ghislain Perreault, production manager, Promoflex International, Inc. , responded about winning the award. “ For 50 years, our team has bee committed to environmental practices in the development of our products. We are pleased to have implemented a green culture within our company and have improved our performance in social responsibility.” THE LABEL PRINTERS The Label Printers earned an honorable mention in this year’s competition. The facility is a narrow-web manufac- turer of security and pressure-sensitive labels. The company started in 1967 serving the local Chicago market with one employee in a 1,000 sq. ft. space. Today, the company has evolved into one of the top 100 converters in the United States. It still offers flexographic printing but has added flexible mate- rial packaging to its services. The Label Printers continually evaluates every aspect of purchasing, operations and waste generation. Its “Go Green, Save Green and Earn Green!” program is built on the prem- ise that the company can not only reduce costs by being a better environmental steward, but that sustainability initiatives can also generate savings and revenue for the company. As a result of the program, almost 70 percent of what had previously been solid waste that was sent to a landfill is either recycled or converted into energy. The company diverted more than nine tractor-trailer loads of waste from landfills, including returning almost 1,000 ,000 linear feet of stock, to the process stream. Through an interdepartmental program, The Label Print- ers reduced wastewater generation by more than 1,000 ,000 gallons per year. Equipment was retrofitted so that it only ran when necessary, instead of operating at all hours, making a significant impact on water usage. As a result of these efforts, the company generates more than $15,000 in savings and revenues from sustainability initiatives in one year. “T he Label Printers is committed to excellence in all that we do. Building on a strong, quality foundation, our sustainability initiatives have provided a means to set goals, track progress and communicate results to employees and external stake- holders. We appreciate FTA’s recognition of the progress we have made since we consider ourselves to be at the very early stages in our journey to sustainability,” comments George Tommasi, director of human resources. “ What impressed me about The Label Printers was the creative approach to find outlets for waste materials or to eliminate the waste by changing business practices,” added Judge Lori Ashford, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles (a past FTA Environmental Excellence Award winner). “Its efforts not only improved the environmental impact, but also showed that be- ing sustainable is economically viable. The firm did this with employee engagement at all levels in the organization.” “It’s exciting to see all these companies get creative in how they meet the sustainability challenge and how they engage their employees in their efforts,” Barrett summarized. “ T hey are setting an excellent example for the rest of us to follow.” For more information about the FTA Environmental Excel- lence Award competition, contact Doreen M. Monteleone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-737-6020 ext. 30 . n www.flexography.org march 2012 FLEXO 25