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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
in the industry will follow their lead. Metro Label is a proud provider of innovative solutions to its clients who are becom- ing increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of their purchasing decisions. "Metro Label is an outstanding example of environmental stewardship, using a comprehensive approach to sustain- ability that encompasses their facility, processes and even the products they make," remarked David Lanska of Stork Cellramic, who helped judge the competition. "Our team is very proud to be recognized as this year's en- vironmentalleader for the flexographic industry," said Vikram Lal, president, Western u.S. and Canada, Metro Label. BLENDING IN Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains within minutes of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Plastic Packaging Inc. maintains a deep-rooted commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. In 1995, while Americans were disposing 20 million tons of plastic products into landfills, Plastic Packaging began the development of a proprietary bio- degradable film. The base polymer blend contains 10-percent recycled components, plus the biodegradable additive. Significant studies support the effectiveness of the addi- tive as a true agent in accelerating the degradation process, even after one month. This blend also translates to 200,000 pounds per year being recycled rather than going directly into a landfill. In addition, landfill volumes will diminish over time as their biodegradable film degrades to humus. Their biodegradable program also includes a down-gauging plan that targets a 20-percent reduction in polymer volume, resulting in another 500,000Ib.-reduction of waste going to a landfill. Plastic Packaging developed a unique approach to abating the environmental impact of plastics in the waste stream. The nature of their additive provides a platform to pursue other markets such as food, pet food, hygiene, consumer dis- posables and proprietary medical applications. FTA TODAY REACHING ALL ASPECTS C H Packaging, the converting division of Appleton Performance Packaging, has been a leader in environmentally sound business practice in the flexo industry for many years. With 100 employees in its Merrill, WI facility, C H provides high-quality flexographic printing and laminating to the flexible packaging industry. C H Packaging's environmental scorecard is comprehensive and impressive. It converted to water-based inks and 100-per- cent solid adhesives. In the prepress area, the company began in-house plate making to eliminate shipping and is now scaling up production of digital plates. It has a photopolymer solvent reclamation unit, which eliminates 1.25 drums (55 gallons) per eight hour shift. The firm saves approximately $250 per month by running it during off-peak demand hours. C H Packaging also uses an ink splitter, which separates the liquid components of its printing press wash-up solution from the solids and creates a cake-like substance that can be landfilled. The liquid can be isposed of safely in the sewer system. Press waste is recycled at the rate of approximately 432 bails (1,500Ibs each) per year. More than 350,0001bs of plastic film is recycled along with an additional 4,3801bs of paper, 24,0001bs of corrugated board, old pallets and cores. Lanska said, "C H Packaging has a multi-tiered approach to improving its process in an environmentally sound way." If your company would like to be recognized for its environmental practices and contributions to the safety and well being of us all, consider entering the next FTA Environmental Excellence Awards competi- tion. For additional information, contact Doreen M. Monteleone, director of special projects and EHS services at firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 2008 - www.flexography.org FLEXO