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Flexo 101: To FSC Or Not To FSC?

We sat down this week with on site FSC Certification Specialist Jim Foye to talk about the in's and out's of being an FSC Certified Label Manufacturer. Here's what he had to say!

It’s been rumored that it’s not easy being green, but it doesn’t have to be hard either. We all want to do our part to help preserve our resources for the future. We recycle cans, plastic bottles and paper regularly, we buy light bulbs that use less energy, cars that use less gas and find more fuel-efficient way to keep warm in the winter. Much of this we do without consideration to our environment, it is more a matter of common sense and practicality. Lets face it, the muscle cars of the late 60’s and early 70’s didn’t go extinct because we wanted to sit in a compact car that had a hard time getting up a steep hill! Economics forced the issue - fuel shortages and rising gas prices gave us no choice but to change our ways. Although it was economics that directed this path, the environment has benefitted greatly from this and many other changes over the last few decades. 

As part or our “green” initiatives here at Label Tech we have invested in areas such as energy efficient heating and lighting systems, the use of environmentally friendly inks and cleaners where possible and a comprehensive recycling program for all our paper waste.

For our customers we offer recycled materials and FSC certified materials for their label printing needs. I think it is safe to say almost everyone knows and understands the processes for recycling and recycled products, so I want to speak a little about FSC. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) helps to deal with the maintenance of the world’s forests through sustainable forestry management initiatives.

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Here is a very brief background on FSC and I invite you to learn more at their website! Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. It was started in 1993 to define environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management. Since its inception FSC has become the most widely recognized certifying body in the world with regards to forest management. To date FSC has more than 143 million hectares of forest in 79 countries around the world. FSC in turn issues chain of custody certificates to companies that convert the certified trees to products such as building materials or in our case paper that is further converted to label stock. FSC has issued over 20000 chain of custody certificates in 107 countries.

Label Tech has held one of these chain of custody certificates since May 2009 and can provide you with material that can be traced back to a well managed certified forest. 

The FSC logo is everywhere and you probably haven’t even noticed it. Next time you go to one of the home improvement superstores flip over a 2x4 and you will probably see the FSC logo. It is showing up on more and more printed collateral all the time. Thanks for tuning in to this weeks blog series on green initiatives. 

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Topics: Going green Green Printer Energy Efficient Printing FSC Certified FSC Commercial Label Printer FSC Label Printer Forestry Stewardship Council

Label Printing Company Talks Green in a Wasteful Industry (Part 2).

Thanks for tuning in for Part 2 of this blog series! If you missed Part 1 click here! If you think it's easy going green, think again! Here we continue our discussion with Plant Manager (and blog fan favorite!) Peter Mullen on the transformation of a soon to be 60 thousand square foot pressure sensitive label printing facility. We hope you like what you read!

We invited in International Paper Products to have a conversation on how to turn waste into a product that would help the environment rather than just putting it into the ground. International paper Products has a program that takes material from companies such as ours and turns it into a Biomass fuel pellet that can power facilities that generate electricity for residents in the area. This made sense, but because the company was out of state and our “recycled material” would need to be trucked 260 miles to their facility for processing we needed to get creative to make it work.

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In as little as 6 months we worked out a deal with them and found a trucking company that could handle the on call service we would require so our compactor would never be shut down. We also purchased 2 extra cans for the compactor so they could be switched out in a short period of time. To save on trucking costs and to be more efficient we haul two cans at a time to International Paper Products. Once we came up with a plan and negotiated the cost we were able to not only turn 95% of our waste into a useful product but we also would realize a savings of about 20% in waste handling cost. By the way- the other 5% goes to Waste Management’s land fill and is used to produce methane gas that in turn heats the University of New Hampshire. The students can thank us later!

This coming spring we are looking forward to building a 20,000 square foot addition to our facility and are currently exploring the idea of geo thermal for the purpose of heating and cooling the new building. If all works as planned we will incorporate the geo thermal into the existing building to supplement the existing system.

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Label Printing Company Talks Green in a Wasteful Industry (Part 1)

In an industry dominated by materials waste, choosing a green minded label printing company can make a HUGE difference in reducing your own carbon footprint. We sat down this week with Plant Manager Peter Mullen to find out what strides Label Tech Inc has made in going green. Here's what he had to say:

About 6 years ago we took our first step toward green energy by installing a new servo driven compressor in conjunction with an air storage tank. This compressor runs only when air is needed to supply the line and we could see the difference immediately. While our old compressor ran constantly and excess air was lost into the atmosphere, the new one proved to be more often idling than actually running. The original investment for the compressor wasn’t cheap however, after credits from our local energy company we were able to save a considerable amount of money on the unit and the installation. Making financial sense out of the installation gave us a great incentive to become a more sustainable company.

The cost savings for purchasing and installing the new compressor accompanied by the annual cost savings in energy made us realize that this was not only the right thing to do for the environment but that it would also be good for the financial health of Label Tech Inc. Thus began our mission to look for other areas of the company where we could find similar savings in energy.

go green recycle resized 600The next project we decided to tackle was lighting which for us is a big deal. First and foremost we are open 24 hours a day. Also, as a label printing company the quality of lighting is extremely important to us. We contracted with a local company to come in and change out every light in the building from fluorescents in the pressroom, finishing, and warehouse areas right down to the bathrooms, lunchrooms and individual offices. We changed out every florescent tube in the building to energy efficient T8s. Not only are these lights more efficient to run but the life span far exceeds our old bulbs. We were constantly replacing our old tubes at least 2 or 3 times a week but with the new T8s it is over 2 years from installation before we replace our first tube and the quality of light is superior. In any area we deemed unnecessary to have light 100% of the time we added sensors to shut lights off if the room is unoccupied. Again the cost of the lighting was substantially decreased due to credits from our energy company.  As a result of this upgrade we have experienced a savings in the neighborhood of 83,318 KWH annually. Do the math on that one!

In 2010 after looking at the amount of waste we generated and sent to a landfill it became evident this would have to be the next area to attack. We were sending 36 to 39 tons of waste per month to a landfill- UGH! As a forward thinking company, this proved unacceptable- we needed change. We decided it was time to invite in International Paper Products to start having a conversation about changing our waste disposal. In Part 2 of this two part blog series we will go further in to detail as to how IPP was able to help us considerably.

Tune in to PART 2 to find out how we were able to turn 95% of our waste in to useful product!

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Topics: Going green Green Printer Energy Efficient Printing Pressure Sensitive Green Printer
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