Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a non-profit organization providing sustainability certification in the graphic communications industry, announces that the Bristol, Tennessee facility of The Robinette Company has attained SGP Certification. Robinette is a full-service, award-winning flexographic printer and converter of flexible films and paper. By gaining SGP Certification, Robinette affirms its commitment to sustainability while enacting best practices for reducing its environmental footprint.
Continuous improvement is a requirement of SGP Certification and is one of the central tenets of Robinette's sustainability policy. The facility protects the environment through the implementation of various initiatives, including solid waste reduction and measurable performance goals. SGP's comprehensive criteria for Certification build upon these objectives by setting high standards that surpass established regulation. Robinette documents its progress in accordance with these standards through the adoption of new, targeted efforts that help to improve its sustainability program.
"SGP is mutually beneficial to our employees, our company, and the environment," comments Dan Robinette, Compliance Manager, Robinette. "While improving internally, we are excited to share our experiences and improvements with other SGP members and learn from theirs to have an overall bigger impact throughout the industry."
"As businesses embrace sustainability within their guiding values, it's imperative that their operations reflect a comparable commitment," states Paul Lilienthal, Chair, SGP Board of Directors. "By becoming Certified, Robinette shows that SGP Certification is an indispensable resource in identifying effective measures in a business's sustainability journey."
Founded as a water-based printer in 1987, Robinette produces flexible and paper packaging as well as surface printed films and papers. Within its operations, the company has decreased its volatile organic compound emission through the utilization of solventless laminators and an Asahi water washout plate system. By using the Asahi water washout plate system as well as Toyo inks, the company has also reduced its carbon footprint while increasing productivity by 30%. Additionally, Robinette performs comprehensive life-cycle assessments of its products to ensure the sustainability of its packaging. The company also serves on the Sustainability Committee for the Flexographic Technical Association.