Environmental Initiatives

Matrix Survey
TLMI wants to be the boots on the ground delivering regional, non-landfill solutions for matrix waste. To be successful, we created our first-ever survey to gather data on how much matrix waste there is and where it's located. Why? Because these are the first questions that potential solutions providers ask. The data from the survey is collected and analyzed by a third party with the objective to develop pilots in areas where there is significant volume. TLMI's big goal is to take the regional solutions and make them scalable across the country through our partnerships with industry groups, recyclers, and startups.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
TLMI and FINAT worked together on the development of the associations' joint LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) project. Both organizations worked closely with PRé, a Netherlands-based sustainability consulting firm and worldwide leader on environmental impact assessment. To read the details of this work, read an interview with Anne Gaasbeek, on what LCA means to the label converting industry and the ways brand owners are prioritizing transparency and sustainability throughout the supply chain. Please click here to view a conversation about LCA with Anne Gaasbeek featured in the November 2015 issue of The Illuminator.

The Calvin Frost Environmental Leadership Award
The Calvin Frost Environmental Leadership Award, previously known as the TLMI Environmental Leadership Award, recognizes both one association supplier and one association converter member that have each 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. The award is an eponymous tribute to one of the packaging industry’s most respected environmental and sustainability thought leaders and longtime TLMI member.

TLMI’s L.I.F.E. (Label Initiative for the Environment) Certification Program merging with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Certification Program
TLMI is working closely with SGP to merge the certifications making one comprehensive certification for all printing industry converters. We will be exploring certification for suppliers in the near future. SGP is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities' sustainability best practices, advocating innovation among print community stakeholders and aligning the printing industry in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. SGP is supported by the Printing Industries of America (PIA), Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), and the National Association of Print Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM).  In addition, the SGP Brand Leaders program engages with printer buyers and retail brands. It became clear that the organizations have much to gain from each other. Going forward, the combined environmental management system certification will operate as SGP and the merger is anticipated to be finalized before TLMI’s Annual Meeting in October.

Recycling Solutions Guide Book
TLMI’s Recycling Solutions Subcommittee has developed a guide book to encourage recycling through increased awareness and education. The Recycling Solutions Guide Book addresses frequently asked questions and offers resources for matrix, liner, ink / HDPE jug, and plate recycling.

Matrix Recycling Map
The Matrix Working Group of the TLMI Recycling Solutions Subcommittee has compiled a resource map to provide members information on matrix recycling.

A Practical Guide to Minimizing Ink Waste
The Ink Task Force of the TLMI Recycling Solutions Sub-Committee’s reports the results of an ink recycling survey and offers best practices for minimizing ink waste. Click here to see the survey's results and best practices.