BALTIMORE, MD – April 27, 2014 – One printer, one product, two journeys—each focusing on people, planet and profit—took all accolades in Flexographic Technical Association’s newly minted 2014 Sustainability Excellence Awards competition. By name, this year’s honorees, recognized tonight at the gala awards banquet staged in conjunction with FTA’s Annual Forum, and their respective category of recognition, are:
Accredo Packaging’s Sugar Land, TX facility
- Accredo Packaging, Sugar Land, TX / Sustainability Programs
- Avery Dennison, Mentor, OH / Innovations in Sustainability
“The FTA Sustainability Excellence Award program clearly illustrates that flexographic printers and suppliers have integrated environmentally conscious manufacturing methods into the very core of their businesses,” commented Judge Marygrace Quigley, Label Technology, Merced, CA.
A similar assessment was offered by Judge Dolores Corcoran, productivity system manager, Lauterbach Group, Inc., Sussex, WI. “The 2014 FTA award winners surpassed and outshined their competitors. The winners demonstrated incomparable and unparalleled programs, which could be applied to other industries wanting to drive sustainability.”
“Accredo Packaging Inc. embodies sustainability throughout the business model clearly demonstrating an exceptional unprecedented sustainable program,” Corcoran reported. “I applaud the work.” To that, Quigley added, “Accredo has made sustainability the backbone of its company.”
Among its recent major accomplishments:
- Accredo is in the process of obtaining certification as an SGP Printer with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
- The converter received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which recognizes the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contributions to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market
- Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association
Malcolm Cohn, director of sustainability for Accredo is confident that, “Accredo Packaging has established itself as a leading flexible packaging manufacturer with a strong commitment to sustainability.” He further observed, “As one of our core values, sustainability is critical in the products we create, our worker safety initiatives and our environmental policies. Our owners and executives take a leadership role in promoting a sustainable operating environment—whether that’s looking at current, day to day operations, or forecasting future needs and requirements.”
Taking note of that point, Judge Lori Ashford of robbie fantastic flexibles in Lenexa, KS noted, “Accredo’s commitment to sustainability from the facility design through operations and materials is truly impressive.”
Cohn insisted, “Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability and taking action on climate change. It has successfully pioneered sustainably produced packaging with a highly renewable content.” Then he pledged, “at Accredo Packaging, we’re ‘Designed for Sustainability … Built for Success!’”
About FTA: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others—together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.