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A Day of Recognition, A Year-Round Effort

Posted by Marci Kinter & Heather Nortz on 11/20/19 7:00 AM

In case you missed it, last Friday (November 15) was National Recycling Day, as highlighted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations. The EPA held its America Recycles Week Summit and Innovation Fair last week, and released its National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System. This is an overview of actions taken by a very diverse stakeholder group over the past year, as well as plans for moving the dialogue forward.

SGIA attended the EPA summit Friday where the theme of “Innovation and Partnership” was carried out. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler kicked off the day with an overview of where the agency seeks to move.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Government Affairs, Sustainability

Sustainability: Million-Dollar ROIs and Improved Workforce Development

Posted by Heather Nortz on 11/13/19 6:45 AM

Since its conception, the term sustainability has gotten saddled with descriptors like “expensive” and “inconvenient.” Though inaccurate, it is understandable why many people think this way. For those not constantly seeking out the latest processes and technologies, it is near impossible to figure out the tangible benefits from becoming more sustainably oriented. The problem with this, fundamentally, is education. To give everyone the tools to benefit from sustainable business practices, the word must be spread that since the first major environmental push in 1970, there has been monumental progress around the return on investment of sustainability. Just use the three panelists in PRINTING United’s Sustainability Strategies Luncheon as proof.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Sustainability, Printing United

The Larger-Scale Impact of Local Waste Management

Posted by Heather Nortz on 10/30/19 10:30 AM

Think globally, act locally.

That was the attitude at TLMI’s Saving Dollars by Avoiding Landfill Avoidance pilot event in St. Louis last week. Global sustainable waste management is a huge feat that begins with strategic local actions. For instance, referring to leftover materials as “by-product” instead of “waste” is a necessary mindset shift to insinuate that the materials left over after use of a product are in fact valuable and should not just be tossed away. The logistics involved in actually extracting the value from by-products is the complex part. This is why a personal atmosphere with local recyclers and local businesses in the same industry is so valuable.

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Topics: Government Affairs, Sustainability, Business Operations

Hungry for Sustainability

Posted by Heather Nortz on 8/26/19 7:00 AM

In preparation for the eagerly awaited conversations to come during PRINTING United’s Sustainability Strategies Luncheon: Inside and Out on October 23, I reached out to two of our speakers to hear their insights on the world of sustainable print today and what they project for the future. Dale Crownover, the CEO of Texas Nameplate Company, and Brett Thompson, the Sign and Graphic Market Manager of Piedmont Plastics joined me in discussing how they define sustainable print, the generational gap with “green” vocabulary and more.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Sustainability, Printing United

The Sustainable Packaging Loop

Posted by Heather Nortz on 8/5/19 7:05 AM

What is one thing online shopping and takeout food have in common? Packaging. The convenience of clothes, furniture or whatever your heart’s desire being delivered to your door comes with the cost of the protective layer wrapped around it. We have cast aside this foam peanut-filled cardboard or plastic time and time again — into the garbage bin it goes, to be forgotten while the long-awaited prize inside is revealed and gazed at. Gone are the days of the milkman when the package was valued — carefully emptied and returned to its original sender to be refilled again — or are they?

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Topics: Packaging, Printed Packaging, Sustainability, Business Operations