Environmental Leadership Award

Enter 2018 Environmental Leadership Award

Each year the TLMI Environmental Leadership Award recognizes both a converter and a supplier member each year that consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas. These include solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes, or the implementation of an education program.

2017 Converter Environmental Leadership Award Winner

Hub Labels

Hub Labels, recipient of the association’s Converter Award for Environmental Leadership achieved TLMI L.I.F.E. Certification in 2012, making significant strides in reducing the company’s carbon footprint by forming and using an internal ‘Project L.I.F.E. Team’ that was instrumental in helping the company achieve and exceed its annual environmental goals.

Hub Labels’ notable achievements include:
  • A 39% reduction in waste generated (equaling 678,000 pounds) yielding a savings of more than $80,000
  • Implementing a 82% increase in the utilization of recycled materials
  • Comprehensively implementing Kaizen principles in the pressroom
  • Instituting a print flow program that reduced setup time and minimized waste
  • Achieving water usage reduction of more than 30%
  • Achieving vehicle gas reduction by 36% by switching to hybrid technology
2017 Supplier Environmental Leadership Award Winner


3M, recipient of the Supplier Award for Environmental Leadership, displays an unwavering commitment to the environment in everything the company does. 3M’s vision statement, “We are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life,” is something the company takes very seriously and its #improvinglives campaign has become a personal calling for 3M’s 90,000 employees across the globe.

3M has set forth an ambitious plan to 2025 that addresses the utilization of sustainable materials, energy efficiency, water management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The plan includes the following goals to be met over the next seven years:
  • Improving energy efficiency by 30%
  • Increasing renewable energy to 25%
  • Achieving zero landfill status at 30% of the company’s manufacturing sites
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below their 2002 baseline
  • Reducing water and waste consumption an additional 10%

Previous Environmental Leadership Award Recipients

Award Company
2017 Converter Award Hub Labels
Supplier Award 3M
2016 Converter Award Constantia Flexibles
Supplier Award Flexcon
2015 Converter Award Lauterbach Group
2014 Converter Award Yerecic Label
Supplier Award Green Bay Packaging
2013 Converter Award The Label Printers
Supplier Award Avery Dennison Label & Packaging Materials
2012 Converter Award The Label Printers
Supplier Award Mitsubishi Polyester Film
2011 Innovative Technology Avery Dennison Label & Packaging Materials
Process Improvement Label World
2010 Innovative Technology Toray Plastics America
Process Improvement McCourt Label Company
2009 Innovative Technology 3M
Process Improvement Spear
2008 Innovative Technology Avery Dennison, Fasson Roll North America
Process Improvement Lauterbach Group
2007 Innovative Technology Fujifilm Graphic Systems USA, Inc.
Process Improvement Metro Label Of Toronto, Canada
2006 Innovative Technology Plastic Suppliers
Process Improvement Ricoh Electronics, Inc.
2005 Innovative Technology G-3 Enterprises, Label Division
Process Improvement DuPont Teijin Films
2004 Innovative Technology Green Bay Packaging Inc.
Process Improvement WS Packaging Group Inc.
2003 Innovative Technology E.I. DuPont deNemours & Company DuPont Imaging Technologies
Process Improvement Gallus Ferd. Rueush AG