Downgauging has resulted in a packaging weight reduction of 20 percent
Columbine Label Company has earned a LIFE certification from TLMI, becoming Colorado’s only label manufacturing facility to obtain the environmental certification.
LIFE (Label Initiative for the Environment) is an audited environmental certification process tailored specifically to the label and package printing and converting industry.
It is designed to assist TLMI members in finding cost effective ways to reduce their company’s environmental footprint and document their commitment to sustainability, according to the association.
Along with improving Columbine Label Company’s electrical energy efficiency by 17.6 percent, natural gas efficiency by 9.1 percent, and water usage by 15.8 percent, the company also minimized its VOC emissions by 18.4 percent.
Columbine Label president Greg Jackson said: ‘Environmental awareness has become a culture in our company. In just one year, our recycling program helped minimize the amount of solid waste we sent to Colorado’s landfills by 53,290 pounds. This is a significant value for us. We also look at the raw materials we bring in with 11 percent being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, as well as materials made from recycled content and, although difficult to find, at least one material made from 100 percent post-consumer waste. This is a process for which we have committed to life-long continual improvement.’