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FLEXO Magazine : Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008
Riding the Green Wave SGP Launches Beta Program T he Sustainable Green Printing PartnershipsM, also known as the SGP PartnershipsM, serves to establish the print and graphic communications industry as a leader within the business community for the adoption and promotion of sustainable business practices designed to reduce the global impact of the industry sector. It is a collaborative effort, initi- ated by Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association) and PIA/GATF (Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation). The three found- ing groups were recently joined by NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers) as a partner in the program. EMA (Envelope Manufacturers Association) will also participate as a supporting association. The SGP Partnership is a registration program that acknowl- edges an individual printing facility's sustainability efforts. It was developed based on input from stakeholders representing print- - Sustainable FLEXO SPRING 2008 ers, suppliers, environmental regulatory agencies, print buyers and associations. "It is not an educational resource," said Doreen Monteleone, FTA director of special projects and EHS services, at Foundation of FTA's 2008 Forum in Dallas, TX. The SGP Partnership was reported on in two of the 10 sessions that took place during the three-day (April 27-29) event. "The SGP Partnership is a registra- tion body. The partnering and supporting associations retain the role as educators of sustainability," she proclaimed in the opening presentation of the Sustainability Session on Tuesday, April 29. The SGP Partnership, which operates independently of the as- sociations and has its own board of directors and shareholders, provides a central location for information on recognized printers and sustainable, "green" printing activities, utilizing the website www.sgppartnership.org. The registry provides the assurance to the print customer that the printing facilities identified will have www.flexomag.com
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