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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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