Longwood, Fla. — Consolidated Label Company, a leading manufacturer of custom labels in the United States, has received the L.I.F.E. (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification from the Tag and Label Manufacturing Institute (TLMI).
“Becoming a L.I.F.E. member is another step towards achieving our goal of streamlining our internal processes and ensuring that we have a formal environmental management system in place,” says Joel Carmany, president of Consolidated Label. “With this certification, we can effectively serve our customers better by providing them a reassurance that our energy and waste management systems comply with industry standards.”
As part of the waste-reduction efforts, Consolidated Label implemented a company-wide recycling program in which employees are required to recycle materials such as plastic, cardboard, paper, aluminum and other various recyclable products. Collection points were established and recycling bins were distributed to employees to encourage participation in the program. Another part of the effort was to analyze the company’s usage of toxic chemicals and find ways to reduce chemicals that were unhealthy for the environment.
“We spent months analyzing our materials and chemicals to figure out ways in which we can reduce waste without having to sacrifice the quality of our products. After a thorough analysis, we were able to come up with programs and solutions that would make a significant impact on our environmental efforts. It took a lot of team work and coordination among our employees to accomplish such a feat,” noted Carmany.
Consolidated Label completed the L.I.F.E certification over a two-day auditing process. The audit was initiated on February 27, 2013 by examining the company’s energy and waste processes. The audit was performed by NSF International, a qualified third party assessment company.
The L.I.F.E program was developed in 2009 by TLMI in order to assist the association’s members with finding cost-effective ways to reduce their company’s environmental footprint.
TLMI’s goal in creating the L.I.F.E. Program was to offer an audited certification process tailored specifically to the narrow web printing and converting industry. Examples of elements that companies address in undergoing the L.I.F.E. certification process include the recycle-compatibility of adhesives; the source and destination of liner materials and how narrow web companies are driving recycling programs for these materials; and material construction light-weighting (adopting thinner constructions that generate less waste). Front office issues are also addressed such as total energy utilization, where that energy is coming from and what a business is doing to actively reduce its overall carbon footprint.
About Consolidated Label:
Consolidated Label is one of the country’s leading suppliers of custom labels and flexible packaging. The company produces custom labels and packaging for thousands of customers across a wide variety of industries including food, beverage, household products, medical, pharmaceutical and promotional products.
For more information, visit www.consolidatedlabel.com