Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)


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In August 2018, TLMI announced the association’s L.I.F.E. (Label Initiative for the Environment) certification program will merge with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certification program. Since 2007, L.I.F.E. has helped guide our industry’s environmental leadership by assisting converters and industry suppliers in prioritizing best sustainability practices and environmental stewardship.

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.

In the summer of 2018, TLMI collaborated with SGP to conduct side-by-side comparisons of both programs and it became clear that the organizations have much to gain from each other. The TLMI Board of Directors believes that expanding TLMI’s environmental management system through a merger will result in a larger, combined organization that enables a wider array of services. A critical component of the merger is the creation of broader market awareness regarding the environmental leadership activities of TLMI membership. Going forward, the combined environmental management system certification will operate as SGP and the merger will be finalized before TLMI’s 2018 Annual Meeting.

Sustainability is one of the key pillars of TLMI’s Strategic Plan and the association is committed to providing the most current and beneficial options for the success of its members. If you have any questions about the remaining time on TLMI's L.I.F.E. Certification, please contact Rosalyn Bandy.