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FLEXO Magazine : Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008
MANDATORY BEST PRACTICES Mandatory Best Practices must be imple- mented to be registered as a SGP Printer. The list below, as of May 20, 2008, illustrates activi- ties the firm must undertake. It is subject to change and is not comprehensive. I. Product includes the design aspects and in- put material management to create the product. A. Design Aspects Open a discussion with the customer to evaluate the most efficient use of materials, layout, packaging, logistics and end of lifecycle implications. B. Responsible Material Sourcing and Management 1. Open a dialog with your suppliers to better understand and take measures to reduce impact associated with the sourcing of input materials. Discussion topics could include: 2. Mechanisms to reduce or eliminate redun- dant shipping, including shipping dis- tances and optimization of routing and delivery systems. 3. Methods to reduce or eliminate outdated materials and associated obsolescence. 4. Provisions to provide accurate environ- mental, health and safety data on all input materials, including information on VOCjair toxic (HAP) content, heavy metals, persistent bioaccumulative toxic compounds, including maintenance of MSDSs. 5. Options to reuse and recycle unused mate- rials and disposable packaging. 6. Exploration of use of products that mini- mize or eliminate waste, use of minimal packaging, and establishment of a take back program for unused materials. 7. Awareness of substrate characteristics in- cluding: biodegradability, compostability, recyclability, and recycled content, in- cluding pre- and post-consumer content, source of virgin fiber for paper, source and content of other substrates, and amount of renewable energy used in its manufacturing process. II. Process includes all manufacturing steps (e.g. prepress, press and postpress) involved with converting raw materials into a finished product including process by-products (e.g. solid wastes, air pollution and wastewater) that have an envi- ronmental, health and safety impact. A. General 1. Maintain acceptable indoor air quality. 2. Incorporate the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and eliminate production wastes and resources. 3. Incorporate environmental, health and safety considerations into equipment and input material purchases and utilization. 4. Minimize energy use under the constraints of your print process. 5. Establish a regular system for basic equip- ment maintenance. 6. Train employees on proper handling and use of chemicals to minimize waste and exposure. 7. Ensure that no industrial waste water is discharged to a septic system, which is defined as an onsite sewage treatment process. B. Prepress 1. When replacing computer equipment, purchase Energy Star compliant comput- ers, monitors and servers. 2. Film Developing a. Recycle scrap film b. Recover silver from used fixer 3. Proofs a. Utilize a proofing system that minimizes impact and is compatible with your manufacturing process. Such systems include water-based, ink jet, dry sub- limation, or soft on-screen proofing systems. 4. Image Carrier (plates, screens) a. Extend use of plate development chem- istries by monitoring and replenishing through appropriate quality control systems. b. Recycle aluminum plates. c. When compatible with your system, use pre-sensitized aqueous plates. d. Ensure that no industrial waste water is discharged to septic systems. e. If using liquid photopolymer flexograph- ic plates, collect and recycle any uncured polymer. ( Use perchloroethylene alternative sol- vent (PAS), water-washable, or dry plate development system for flexographic operations. g. Recycle or treat metal etching developer to remove metals when using bimetallic lithographic plates and embossing dies. C. Press 1. Establish and follow operating procedures to minimize makeready waste. 2. Establish and follow operating procedures to minimize waste during production run. 3. Evaluate and use the most environ- mentally sound materials which meet the performance requirements of the application. 4. Establish ink, coating, adhesive and solvent estimation methods that are as accurate as possible to reduce waste. 5. Implement procedures to minimize fugi- tive emissions such as properly cover, seal, and store partially used containers of materials that contain VOCs and HAPs. 6. Establish proper management practices to assure that no chemicals are improperly disposed. 7. Use inks that meet the Council of Northeast Governors Coalition (CONEG) requirements of no more than 100 ppm total for lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium. 8. Keep soiled shop towels in closed contain- ers and do allow them to air dry. D. Postpress 1. Segregate and recycle trim cuttings, scrap and production waste. 2. Establish and follow operating procedures to minimize waste from equipment setup or finishing operations. 3. Evaluate and use the most environmentally sound materials which meet the perfor- mance requirements of the application. III. Envelope includes all the manufacturing support activities and includes the building, grounds, utilities, employees, and other func- tions at an individual site. A. Shipping 1. Ensure that packaging materials and pro- cedures have been employed to minimize waste. 2. Reuse packaging materials when possible. 3. Investigate ways to optimize movement of goods. B. Utilities 1. Use Energy Star compliant equipment such as computers, monitors, servers, refrigerators, and microwaves. 2. Document, through an internal or out- sourced audit, options to reduce energy use including occupancy sensors, pro- grammable thermostats, energy efficient lighting, gas and water use, insulation, etc. C. Grounds Evaluate low maintenance landscaping and eliminate use of non-organic fertilizers, pesti- cides, herbicides and water. D. Building 1. Implement an office recycling program for paper and where infrastructure exists as a minimum food and beverage containers, and office equipment. 2. When remodeling or replacing fixtures use low flow toilets, double flush toilets, mo- tion sensors and other water and energy reducing items. 3. Use third-party recognized, environmen- tally-friendly janitorial supplies. E. Social Responsibility 1. Provide an equal employment opportunity workplace. 2. Policies are in compliance with federal, state, and local child labor, wagefhour, and immigration laws. 3. Compliance with local, state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws 4. If multiple languages are acceptable in facility, all plant rules, safety issues and training must be written to accommo- date each language spoken in facility including safety postings, training manu- als or other sustain ability actions put in place has to be communicated for all to understand. - Sustainable FLEXO SPRING 2008 www.flexomag.com
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