First of Smyth Facilities Achieves SGP Certification
Bedford, VA Location is First of Smyth Company’s Facilities to become an SGP Printer.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications, announced today that Smyth Companies, Bedford, VA, has been certified as an SGP Printer. This is Smyth Companies’ first location to become an SGP certified printer.
Smyth received its first sustainability certification in 2009, making a commitment to itself and its customers to protect the health of the earth’s natural environment and conserve its energy resources. SGP’s multi-attribute comprehensive certification was a natural progression and significant next step for Smyth because it fully encompasses operation’s production and office practices along with proven methodology specifically developed for the printing industry. Smyth looks forward to using best practices outlined by SGP to enhance its processes for making socially responsible decisions which positively impact the environment, providing its customers with sustainable supply chain options, and safeguarding the health and safety of its employees.
“Being good stewards of our resources is good for business, but more importantly it is boundless for the environment, our customers, employees and our communities. Our philosophy is to leave our surroundings in a better place than we found them,” said Scott Fisher, president. “We look forward to enhancing sustainability as part of our continuous improvement plan and adopting the mandatory best practices SGP has developed for the printing industry.”
Smyth-Bedford will continue to measure and implement processes for reducing water and energy usage, as well as waste throughout production and offices areas, using change-behavior as a catalyst. Locally, as part of its public outreach, its workforce will continue to participate in community waste clean-up and beautification activities for the Bedford area.
During 2020, Smyth-Bedford will be looking for new opportunities to make positive environmental influences in its community and improve the health and safety for its employees. They also look forward to championing the certification process for Smyth, and assisting its other facilities in Minneapolis, MN; Austin, MN; and Boston, MA with completing their certification processes.
Print facilities interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, transitioning to sustainable materials, and winning new business from organizations that require sustainable printing practices should visit www.sgppartnership.org/certification to learn more about becoming SGP certified.
About Smyth Companies: Smyth Companies is a leading provider of high-impact label decoration for consumer goods products. From neighborhood businesses to Fortune 500 companies, Smyth provides quality, innovative packaging solutions to the beauty, health, personal care, household, food, automotive, private label, and beverage markets. Using a broad range of print technologies from traditional to digital to expanded gamut printing, Smyth’s products include pressure sensitive, cut and stack, and in-mold labels; shrink sleeves; flexible packaging including pouches and rollstock; promotional products; and commercial, as well as equipment application and support. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Smyth has nine U.S. production facilities and over 550 associates. www.smythco.com
About SGP: The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. SGP works with patrons such as 3M, FLEXcon, North American Plastics, Piedmont Plastics, Gilman Brothers, and numerous leading brands. www.sgppartnership.org