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Suppliers Launch Green Programs
Expecting demand to increase for green packaging and services, packaging suppliers continue to announce programs to green their profiles. The latest initiatives include reevaluating best practices at the plant level—and doing something as simple as reusing printer cartridges.
Carton converter Diamond Packaging announced its Diamond Greenbox Initiative, which focuses on minimizing the firm’s environmental impact throughout the supply chain.
Besides evaluating the materials it uses for eco-friendliness, Diamond will also look at its manufacturing practices involving recycling and energy efficiency. The supplier has also begun using tools such as Wal-Mart’s package-modeling software to make package designs more eco-friendly. “Several accounts have requested information on our experience with the scorecard tool,” says director of marketing Dennis Bacchetta.
Another carton converter, Shorewood Packaging, has launched greenchoice, a new program to analyze packages for eco-friendliness. The program also provides recommendations on package design and the use of alternative materials.
Closures supplier Seaquist Closures has formed a “green team” to evaluate and improve the company’s green practices. The supplier says that it is one of the first in the closures industry to create such a team.
Finally, label supplier Overnight Labels has employed a new supplier to provide its ink cartridges. Instead of replacing used cartridges with brand-new ones, Cartridge World refills used cartridges to minimize waste.