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.

Access the 2018 Matrix Survey.

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.

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Certification Program

TLMI worked 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. Going forward, the combined environmental management system certification will operate as SGP.

TLMI’s Label Initiative for the Environment (L.I.F.E.) has been decommissioned and is no longer a valid certification. TLMI recommends the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership for all of its converter members who are seeking a third-party audited environmental management system.

PET Recycling Program

Circular Polymers has approved PET release liner as a material that the company can fully recycle. The recycled liner becomes PET pellets that can be used in multiple industries. For TLMI converter member companies interested in discussing PET recycling with their customers and prospects, specifications include:
  • Minimum volume of labels still attached to PET liner – less than 100 labels per 2,000 pounds of liner.
  • Material should be placed in Gaylord container either loose or rewound on a core.
  • Baled material accepted.
  • Other methods of packaging the material require pre-approval.
  • PE bags or PE wrap not eligible – must be PET liner only.
  • No paper, wood or garbage can be present in the Gaylord containers.
  • Gaylord containers need to be in good condition (they cannot be split or shrink-wrapped together).
  • One Gaylord container needed for evaluation. Upon approval, first load will then be trialed.
Overview of PET Liner Recycling with Circular Polymers for use with companies and customers.

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. Access the survey's results and best practices.