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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
As far as platemaking goes, the still has some work to do before it be considered sustainable. For pre providers and printers/converters the solution is to go to the source. as our clients come back at us to a we are doing about sustainability, we go to our vendors too," said Rose. "Our big ven- dors are polymer plate manufacturers. It doesn't hurt to push DuPont, MacDermid, Kodak and everyone else to minimize waste. We all know where the waste is in the platemaking process. On the printer end, what is the best way to dispose of a used plate? We all need to consistently push this. Many of them are working on a solution." Frimming recommended flexographers do the same with providers of any and all consumables, including doctor blades, anilox rolls, cleaning agents, and more. He went on to suggest ways of reducing changeovers. "The amount of waste in a changeover is amazing," he claimed, offer- ing expanded gamut printing as one solu- tion for achieving that. Rose advised that, one good place to start is by documenting all consumption and waste. "If you understand what your impact is, then you can figure out what the most important thing to reduce or change is. You'd be surprised what's not being documented." THE HUMAN RESOURCE One of the more immediately notable benefits to sustainability practices is the affect it has on the employees. "Our cor- porate initiative has really achieved a great deal of momentum inside the company worldwide," said Soldavini. "There are so many things being done, from using energy-efficient lightbulbs and timer- controlled thermostats to recycling, and migrating employees to online access to HR communications, etc." "I was very impressed with how excited and motivated employees can be to make a positive contribution to the environ- ment," said Rose. "If you make a point to have an organized sustainable prepress program, you'll get buy-in and pride from your employees. They truly believe there is climatic change and that the future for their kids is going to be dismal unless we do something about it." Gas was cheap, the economy was great. Potential was unlimited. Now we are real- izing we live in a finite world. "Without getting on a soapbox, the most pressing thing to me is when they ing middle class societies in China and India that are going to compete for those resources that the U.S. is using. It's just common sense, and many employees are using it." PLANTS & PROCESSES