Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. To be sustainable, one must consider the impacts on the three Ps – People, Planet and Profit.
Flexographic printing has been on the forefront of sustainability for nearly two decades. Improved printing techniques and technologies have allowed users to reduce air pollution and waste, improve health and safety, operate efficiency and save money.
FTA offers programs that can help make printers and suppliers become more sustainable. This includes support of certification by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership and providing information on relevant environmental, health and safety topics.
For more information on sustainability and any of FTA’s sustainability programs, contact Sustainability Consultant Doreen Monteleone.
Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is an independent certification organization that FTA helped found in 2008. SGP serves the need for printers of all types to validate their sustainability efforts to their print buyers. Comprehensive criteria for certification were created by a stakeholder group. It encompasses regulatory compliance, best management practices and continuous improvement. To obtain SGP certification, a facility undergoes an on-site audit every other year and reports on continuous improvement projects annually. Learn how you can get recognized by SGP.
Articles & Webinars
Numerous articles are published each year in FLEXO Magazine. FTA has a complete listing of relevant sustainability articles available for you to review. Categories include everything from general sustainability to company profiles, inks to substrates and prepress to waste. Access the Articles.
FTA provides the monthly e-newsletter EHS Direct as a member benefit. It includes up-to-date information on regulations, educational activities within and outside FTA, and noteworthy events. If you are a member of FTA and not receiving EHS Direct, feel free to contact Doreen Monteleone to be included on the email list.
Sustainability Excellence Awards
Each year, FTA recognizes companies that have gone above and beyond in their quest to become more sustainable. Winners have demonstrated superior performance in process improvements and technical innovations leading to more sustainable flexographic printing. Learn more about past winners and how your can join this elite group of pioneers.
Join the FTA Sustainability Committee and be on the forefront to learn about new programs and regulatory initiatives. Committee members often have the opportunity to participate as judges in the Sustainability Excellence Awards, comment on state and federal regulations and provide input on the development of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. Sustainability Committee members take the lead on the sustainability journey. Contact Doreen Monteleone for information.
FTA is an affiliate of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay and promotes the program to its members. SmartWay provides truck owner-operators assistance and information to achieve improved fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impacts from freight transport.