Logotech Earns L.I.F.E. Certification
FAIRFIELD, N.J.—Label converter Logotech Inc. has earned the Label Initiative for the Environment (L.I.F.E.) certification from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). Fewer than a dozen label companies nationwide have earned the certification, which requires a review of 35 criteria ranging from clean production techniques and greenhouse gas emissions to management practices.
“Earning L.I.F.E. certification is a great honor for us, and a wonderful reflection on our team’s commitment to environmental sustainability,” says Leslie Gurland, president of Logotech. The L.I.F.E. announcement complements Logotech’s ISO 14001 environmental certification.
“The central objective in developing the L.I.F.E. initiative was to offer the association’s members a credible and comprehensive program that addresses their sustainability requirements, and the opportunity to take their L.I.F.E. certification to their own customer base to further demonstrate their commitment to the environment, and to the greater industry,” says TLMI president Frank Sablone. “I applaud our certified members for their efforts and dedication.”
Gurland says Logotech constantly works with suppliers to test and fine-tune environmentally preferable materials. But the L.I.F.E. program reflects a much deeper, daily commitment to sustainability, she notes.
Logotech tracks its carbon footprint and makes year-to-year comparisons to ensure it is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, says Gurland. Over the past few years, the company instituted a comprehensive recycling program and replaced plastic packaging with post-consumer recycled paper.
Logotech also reduced material usage by lightweighting tens of thousands of feet of label liner, using thinner material. Makeready runs on the press use out-of-condition material to avoid wasting new stock, and container disposal dropped dramatically when the company began buying supplies such as ink and cleansers in greater quantities to make more use of larger, recyclable barrels.
Though production tends to draw the most attention in discussions about sustainability, Logotech personnel are the critical link in the chain, says Gurland. “We continually improve our environmental sustainability because every member of the team is committed to the concept, and does their share to be more efficient and more dedicated to conserving our resources,” she says. “But sustainability also includes creating a safe, comfortable workplace where people can excel and thrive.”