Archive for December 20th, 2012
Sustainability has long been a challenge for the printing industry, particularly when it comes to printed packaging. High VOC solvents are still used in many types of ink and most platemaking processes. Under siege by Wal-Mart since late 2000s, package printers have struggled to come up with solutions to the retail giant’s fuzzy definition of “sustainability.”
According to Marcia Kinter, VP of government and business information for SGIA (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association), it was pressure from Wal-Mart that drove the creation of the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership. “In 2007 we had the first onslaught from Wal-Mart on sustainable packaging. All our members were getting hit with sustainability questions sustainability checklists, etc.,” she recalls.
SGIA was not alone. Three other associations – Printing Industries Association (PIA), Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) – were all besieged with questions from their members about what was considered sustainable, and how to comply with Wal-Mart’s demands. Read the rest of this entry »