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Background and Overview
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Reasons for Change
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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
NOTE: [PDF] links require Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

A Safe Beginning: How One Narrow Web Facility Established a Safety and Environmental Program [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Tim Granley. Describes establishment of a safety and environmental program at VA flexographic printing company. (PDF format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/asafebeginning.pdf

Case Study: Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation [PDF]
Abstract: Outlines the waste reduction and P2 accomplishments of the Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation in Neenah, WI. Neenah Printing does lithographic web and sheetfed printing as well as wide web flexographic printing. PDF Format; Length: 5 pages.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/neenah.PDF

Case Study: Reducing VOCs in Flexography
Abstract: Highlights the experience of Highland Supply Corporation (HSC), a wide-web flexographic printer, which successfully reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and hazardous waste at its Highland, IL facilities by switching inks.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case1/ind
ex.htm

Environmental Publications for Printers [PDF]
Abstract: A list of printing industry periodicals, etc. for additional reference
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/publist4printers.pdf

Exact Printing Plate Begins their Journey on the Road to Pollution Prevention [PDF]
Abstract: This case study from the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) describes pollution prevention recommendations for Exact Printing Plate, a flexographic printing plate supplier. Includes information on waste reduction in the engraving and film production processes. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: OCETA Toronto Region Sustainability Program
URL: http://www.oceta.on.ca/TORSUS/Exact.pdf

GreenPrinter: Eco-Friendly Printing
Abstract: GreenPrinter provides and environmentally friendly printing service, featuring New Leaf Paper and Climate Cool shipping. Through GreenerPrinter.com, you can obtain: high-quality, affordable printing services; featuring real-time print quotes and online ordering; using state-of-the-art recycled papers; printing by a certified environmentally responsible company; and shipped directly to you with zero climate impact. In addition, all printing services purchased through GreenerPrinter.com results in a financial contribution to support GreenBiz.com, an acclaimed, nonprofit online resource on business and the environment. GreenBiz.com is a program of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation.
Source: Tulip Graphics & GreenBiz.com
URL: http://www.greenerprinter.com/grp/home.do

Ink and Cleaner Waste Reduction Evaluation for Flexographic Printers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the technical and economic efforts incurred by a flexographic label printing company that changed the type of ink and cleaning agent used in its print shop. The changes were incurred as the best way to eliminate all hazardous materials. (PDF Format; Length: 43 pages)
Source: IL Waste Management and Research Center
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library
_docs/tr/tr12.pdf

Learning from Three Companies that Reduced VOC Emissions
Abstract: Presents the steps that three wide web flexographic printers took to reduce their VOC emissions. Includes factors considered in management decisions and how the decisions were implemented. The two methods tried were switching to water-based inks and installing an oxidizer.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case2/ind
ex.htm

Pearl Pressman Liberty Saves Over $21,000
Abstract: A summary of the energy efforts (Green Lights/Energy Star) at a Pennsylvania print facility, which resulted in a $21,000 savings.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/ppl.cfm

Pennsylvania: Dopaco, Inc. Case Study [PDF]
Abstract: Dopaco, Inc. supplies printed and formed paperboard cartons and cups to the fast food industry. The printing is done using either rotogravure printing presses with water-based or solvent-based inks or flexographic printing presses with water-based inks. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: PA Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/gravure/dopaco.pdf

Replacement of Hazardous Material in Wide Web Flexographic Printing Process
Abstract: A wide web flexographic printing firm in New York substituted water-based inks for solvent-based inks when manufacturing flexible packaging, using plastic sheet substrates (e.g., plastic bags for bread).
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/replacehazardswidewebflexo
.cfm

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide: Printing & Laminating Case Study #1 [PDF]
Abstract: C & H Packaging in Merrill, WI reduced VOC emissions by converting from VOC-based materials and technology to water-based materials and technology.
Source: EnviroSense
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/docs/printing_and_laminating_case_stud
y.pdf

Solvent Elimination by Off Press Cleaning with CO2
Abstract: This case study describes how a flexographic packaging printer eliminated the use of solvents in cleaning removable press components by switching to carbon dioxide blasting.
Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Assistance Division
URL: http://www.p2ad.org/documents/ma_printing3.html

Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Water & Ink Waste Reduction at F.C. Meyer Company
Abstract: A cardboard box manufacturer and printer has trained its employees in "good housekeeping" practices and significantly reduced ink wastes and wastewater generated when cleaning the printing presses.
Source: MA Office of Technical Assistance
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/fcmeyer.cfm

Use of Plastic Blast Media to Clean Press Parts
Abstract: Written by Dale Patterson, this article describes how Alliance Packing of Sacramento, CA switched to plastic blast media to clean ink pumps, pans and other press components, resulting in both environmental and monetary benefits.
Source: PNEAC/FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/plasticblastmedia.cfm

 


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