GREEN sceneAugust 2009
John Henry Now Recycles Plastics
LANSING, MI—The John Henry Co., a division of Multi Packaging Solutions, is among the first companies to participate in GOEX Corp.’s new “closed-loop” plastic recycling program, which allows the printer to extract value from processed plastics that it previously regarded as waste.
The GOEX “Zero-Landfill” program involves plastic handling procedures, wherein plastic scrap (makeready waste, finished scrap, etc.) is collected, recycled, enhanced with virgin raw material, and extruded into a functional, printable plastic sheet that customers can use over and over again.
“John Henry supplies plant tags, merchandising and marketing solutions to growers, greenhouses and garden centers and florists. Recognizing the industry’s interest in sustainable practices, we have worked to develop recycled products, plastic alternatives and recycling programs for our customers,” says Jon Luea, product development manager for John Henry’s Grower Plastics division.
“The GOEX program is helping us focus upstream to combine sustainable manufacturing practices with recycled products,” he adds.
Clifton, NJ-based Sandy Alexander reports that it is on-track to achieve its goal of cutting its total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent (per dollar of revenue) from 2006 CO2 levels by 2012.
Tabloid Graphic Services, Pennsauken, NJ, selected Hess Corp. for its demand response services. The printer receives payments for reducing electricity usage during times of peak demand when New Jersey power grids are under significant stress.
The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership has appointed Karen Gross as its executive director. Gross has 20 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field.
Velocity Print Solutions, Albany, NY, has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) equal to 100 percent of its energy use in 2009. The FSC-certified printer is also a member of the EPA Green Power Partnership Program.
OnDemand Color Group and Diamond Graphics have launched PrintResponsibly.com as an e-commerce Website offering a selection of environmentally conscious printing services available through the Internet.
Bramkamp Printing, of Cincinnati, OH, has purchased an Agfa Acento chemistry-free platemaker to go with its other green initiatives, including FSC certification, soy- and vegetable-based ink usage, and a recycling program.