The FTA Sustainability Excellence Award is given to companies for who demonstrate a commitment to and pursuit of sustainable package printing. In the past, the award has been presented to both flexographic printers and suppliers, and any company doing business in the flexographic printing supply chain is eligible to receive consideration.
Entries considered for the Sustainability Excellence Award are judged in one of two categories:
- Sustainability Programs: Programs implemented in a facility that have served to reduce the environmental impact of printing or improve workers’ health/safety
- Innovations in Sustainability: New technology, formulations or techniques that have been developed to reduce the environmental impact of printing or improve workers’ health/safety
The 2018 Sustainability Excellence Award Winner
Heritage Envelopes received the 2018 Sustainability Excellence Award for its alternative packing solution for envelopes known as PackMail. The idea, born years ago, has already rolled out in the United Kingdom, and Heritage plans to expand it globally in 2018.
“We considered how we could reduce the use of raw materials to cut cost and reduce environmental impact,” says Philip Bryan, director at Heritage Envelopes. “We realized that for the mail inserting market, huge volumes of packaging are being used just for storing and shipping envelopes to mail inserting companies. The packaging was purely for protection and convenience of shipping and handling, but as soon as the envelopes had been used by the mailing companies, the boxes became a waste burden for customers to handle.”
The 2017 Sustainability Excellence Award Winners
Artcraft Label, for its line of ProPETE recycling solution
“Artcraft Label demonstrates the meaning of sustainable leadership through its ProPETE line of label products,” said Sustainability Excellence Awards judge Dolores Corcoran of Lauterbach Group, Inc.
Polymount International, for its Polymount Film Cleaner
“This an example of a company… finding a seemingly overlooked problem and creating a simple and inclusive solution,” said Sustainability Excellence Award Judge Rick Allen, from Progressive Recovery.
Heritage Envelopes received an honorable mention, for its PackMail
“Heritage Envelopes has a clear understanding of environmental sustainability with its PackMail packaging product innovation,” said Sustainability Excellence Awards judge Dolores Corcoran of Lauterbach Group, Inc.
See All Former Sustainability Excellence Award Winners
Since the turn of the century, the Sustainability Excellence Award has recognized those flexographic businesses who strive to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment. See who has received the award and honorable mention, stretching back to 2001.