Flexible Packaging

National awards honor leading green power purchasers

Accredo Packaging announces it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Accredo Packaging with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas on September 23.

Accredo Packaging was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Accredo Packaging is currently purchasing nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. Accredo Packaging is buying a utility green power product from TXU Energy.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president. “Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Accredo Packaging, Inc. with a Green Power Purchasing award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” says EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “In doing so, Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability, and taking action on climate change.”

According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase of nearly 21 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

Accredo focuses on sustainability in manufacture practices to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. Accredo is the largest purchaser of Green Power in the U.S. flexible packaging market.

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Accredo awarded for its green powerTexas-based converter Accredo Packaging has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes the US’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

Accredo Packaging was one of eight organizations to receive an award. The company currently purchases nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from TXU Energy, which is enough green power to meet 100 per cent of the organization’s purchased electricity use.

“Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the US that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change,” said Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

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Flexible packaging converter Accredo Packaging Inc. has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA presented Accredo officials with the award Sept. 23 at the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards recognize the country’s leading purchasers of “green” power, generated by wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and hydro-electric. Accredo Packaging in Sugar Land, Texas, buys its green power from TXU Energy.

Accredo was one of eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. According to EPA, Accredo is buying nearly 21 million kilowatt hours of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger cars in a year. It is enough electricity to power 2,000 American homes annually, EPA said.

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W&H VistaFlex CL and NovoFlex Presses

Accredo Packaging placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10 from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Accredo Packaging, located in Sugar Land, TX has placed a large order for flexographic printing and film extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Commercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in the manufacture of coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” states Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo.

Installation of a new MIRAFLEX CM 10 press with a print width of 41˝ and speeds of up to 1,650 ft/min was recently completed and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10, with a print width of 67˝ and speeds of up to 2,600 ft/min with the fastest changeovers. W&H designed the VISTAFLEX to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being very easy to use. Four complete print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses W&H 10-color NOVOFLEX CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two five-layer VAREX blown film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output OPTICOOL air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on VAREX three-layer and nine-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

About Accredo
Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

About Windmoeller & Hoelscher
Windmoeller & Hoelscher is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry.

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Sugar Land, TX-based converter Accredo Packaging has placed a large order for flexographic-printing and film-extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (Lincoln, RI).

Nine-layer coextrusion enables for high-barrier performance to meet any needCommercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” says Rex Varn, exec vp of Accredo.

Installation of a new MIRAFLEX CM 10 press with a 41-in. print width and speeds of up to 1,650 fpm was recently completed, and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10, with a print width of 67 in. and speeds of up to 2,600 fpm with the fastest changeovers. W&H designed the VISTAFLEX to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being very easy to use. Four complete print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses a W&H 10-color NOVOFLEX CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two 5-layer VAREX blown-film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output OPTICOOL air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on VAREX 3-layer and 9-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

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Accredo Packaging, Inc. announces that it has increased its ranking to No. 5 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 20 Printing & Packaging list of the largest Green Power purchasers. This increased ranking further demonstrates Accredo Packaging’s commitment to protecting the environment, and builds upon its existing partnership with EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

Accredo Packaging is purchasing nearly 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green Power annually from TXU Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

Recently, EPA updated each of its National Top Partner lists, highlighting some of ‘s largest Green Power purchasers. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through April 5, 2012.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president. “We have found that renewable energy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize the impact of carbon emissions, and the increased cost of wind over fossil fuel-sourced power was minimal, considering the benefit achieved.”

This purchase also qualifies Accredo Packaging for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase ten times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.

Green Power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of Green Power are recognized as helping to accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“The EPA congratulates Accredo Packaging for demonstrating environmental leadership through its use of clean, renewable energy,” says Blaine Collison, director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By doing so, Accredo Packaging is reducing harmful air pollution and demonstrating that using Green Power is smart for the environment and for business.”

According to the U.S. EPA, Accredo Packaging’s Green Power purchase of nearly 13 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually.

Adds Varn, “We’ve sought to integrate sustainability into every aspect of Accredo’s business model. As one of our core values, sustainability is a critical consideration in the products we create, our worker safety initiatives and our environmental policies.”

About Accredo Packaging
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EPA’s Green Power Partnership
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SUGAR LAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accredo Packaging, Inc., a member of the API Group of Companies, has recently achieved a milestone in its quest to be the world’s lowest carbon footprint manufacturer of flexible packaging and extruded films. Accredo’s year-old production facility is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The company owners envisioned a new flexible packaging division that, from the ground up, would embody the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability”

“The company owners envisioned a new flexible packaging division that, from the ground up, would embody the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability,” said Kevin McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Accredo. “Furthermore, every major piece of equipment in our silver–certified, 200,000 square-foot plant is state of the art, in terms of low environmental impact, high quality, and world-class productivity.”

McCarthy said that, since Accredo began production in August 2009, brand owners and retailers have enthusiastically embraced the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. He added, “Our sustainability efforts feed directly into our customers’ Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.”

Sustainable Production at Accredo Packaging

The Accredo production facility is 100 percent wind powered. The design of the facility minimizes carbon emissions during the production process. Building materials were sourced locally, and recycled materials were used whenever possible.

Accredo’s printing process is exclusively expanded color gamut process printing. The proprietary ink delivery system supplies ink directly to the ten-color, 2,000 feet-per-minute W&H Novoflex CL printing presses, which reduces ink consumption by 35 percent and ink waste by 95 percent. Solvent usage is 80 percent lower than similar speed presses and 99.5 percent of solvent emissions are scrubbed clean. Press uptime is 40 percent above previous generation printing systems. The plant also features state-of-the-art nine- and three-layer extruders, a 1,500 feet-per-minute laminator, and stand-up pouch and wicketer bag-making machines.

Accredo Packaging films and flexible packaging products are sold to food manufacturers, paper and tissue companies for bundling film applications, and purveyors of organic products. Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

EPA's Green Power PartnershipAccredo Packaging has registered with the EPA’s Green Power Partnership (www.epa.gov/greenpower) – a voluntary program that provides assistance and recognition to organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing green power. “We pursue sustainable processes when it comes to production of our products,” says Accredo’s General Manager, Kevin McCarthy. “By powering our business using 100% wind-generated power we reduce our non-renewable energy consumption and lessen our impact on the environment.”

Accredo Packaging joins a select group of leading organizations within the United States who help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve an organization’s environmental performance.