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Founded in 2008, Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is an independent, non-profit organization providing a certification label for sustainability in the graphic communications industry. SGP is the industry standard for the certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within print manufacturing operations.
The organization was initiated by the top trade associations Printing Industries Association (PIA), Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM). Before its creation, there were no boundaries or parameters set as to what defined a sustainable printing operation. “Green” products were available, but this did not address the actual manufacturing process.
SGP provides a benchmark for print facilities’ sustainability endeavors. Its criteria covers the Product, input materials used to produce products such as substrates, inks and coatings; the Process, the manufacturing process involving press equipment and supporting technology; and the Envelope, the facility in its entirety, its energy consumption, employees, and supporting activities.
SGP is supported by Patrons, including organizations such as 3M, HP and Dupont.