At the 2013 TLMI Annual Meeting, Calvin Frost, CEO of Channeled Resources Group and the TLMI Environmental Committee Chair, announced the winners of the TLMI 2013 Environmental Awards. The Label Printers took home the prize for the second consecutive year in the converter category, while Avery Dennison won in the supplier category.
Commenting on The Label Printers’ win, Frost emphasized that the award is given to a converter that continues to build an environmental culture throughout its organization. “They have established practices that demonstrate commitment,” Frost said. “The Label Printers has measured benefits and developed programs that could be adapted by others in our industry.”
The Label Printers, with headquarters in Aurora, IL is a TLMI LIFE-certified facility. The company has developed sustainability programs titled “Go Green, Save Green, and Earn Green” and “Green Ideas.”
Avery Dennison was selected as the supplier winner thanks in part to its improving material efficiencies through kaizen events by a remarkable 24% since 2011, Frost said. “They have a corporate goal of reducing greenhouse gas by 15% by 2015 and are well on their way to reaching their goal,” he added.
Avery Dennison has been a member of the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2007, which publicly discloses greenhouse gas emissions.
Frost also pointed out that Avery Dennison has been a leader in responding to PET recycling issues, as they relate to PS labels. “They have attempted to help the supply chain with solutions for PSA byproduct and have developed non-PVC products that contain zero chlorine. Along with their patented ClearCut, TurnLock and CleanFlake technologies, they have improved the industry’s carbon footprint,” said Frost.
Six out of Avery Dennison’s seven manufacturing plants are LIFE-certified, with the seventh expected to be certified by the end of the year.