SGP Partnership announces that there were many new SGP-certified facilities, renewed certifications, companies joining SGP Community in 2021; facilities must meet rigorous requirements, undergo facility audit to achieve SGP sustainability certification

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January 17, 2022 (press release) –

SGP advancements in 2021 with patron and certified facilities

SGP Partnership, the leading authority in sustainable printing facility certifications, announced today that 2021 was a pivotal year for sustainability in the printing industry with many new SGP certified facilities, renewed certifications and companies becoming part of the SGP Community.

The SGP sustainability certification is the core of the all-volunteer non-profit’s work. Facilities must meet the rigorous certification requirements and comprehensive facility audit evaluating the three areas of sustainability – people, planet and profit. They utilize the highly acclaimed cloud-based SGP Impact Tracker to report and monitor progress on all sustainability metrics from carbon footprint to illness & injuries. As of January 1, 2022, SGP sustainability certification is open for print industry supplier facilities.

Facilities that were newly certified in 2021 included:

  • Fortis Solutions Group, Merced, CA
  • Meyers, Minneapolis, MN
  • Polaris Direct, Hooksett, NH
  • Shutterfly, Plano, TX
  • Shutterfly, Shakopee, MN
  • Shutterfly, Tempe, AZ
  • Smyth Companies, Minneapolis, MN

The following facilities were re-certified included:

  • Bay Tech Label, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Bolger, Minneapolis, MN
  • Brant In Store, Brantford, ON, Canada
  • DPRINT, Lakeland, FL
  • Emmerson Packaging, Amherst, NS, Canada
  • Forge Graphic Works, Portland, OR
  • Image Options, Foothill Ranch, CA
  • Imtech Graphics, Carlstadt, NJ
  • Infinity Images, Portland, OR
  • Shawmut Communications Group, Peabody, MA
  • Specialty, East Windsor, CT
  • Taylor Visual Impressions, Beaverton, OR
  • Tweddle Group, Clinton Township, MI
  • US Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC
  • Walmart Print Solutions, Bentonville, AR
  • Yunker Industries, Inc., Elkhorn, WI

“In addition to certifications and re-certifications, by the end of 2021 there were more than 50 facilities starting the certification process, including our first supplier facility,” said Doreen Monteleone, SGP Treasurer and Flexographic Technical Association representative. “Our entire SGP Community of printers, suppliers, print buyers and supporters is well engaged. With our rigorous printer certification for sustainability, together we continue to elevate sustainability best practices in the printing industry.”

SGP thanks its patrons that help to support the organization not only financially, but by providing expertise. New SGP Patrons joining the SGP Community in 2021 were:

Platinum Level

  • tesa tape North America

Gold Level

  • Bobst
  • EMG
  • Nvent Marketing
  • New Leaf Paper
  • Polymershapes

Patrons that generously renewed their support included:

Platinum Level

  • 3M

Gold Level

  • Cooley/Group
  • efi
  • FLEXcon
  • Laird Plastics
  • Monadnock Paper Mills
  • Piedmont Plastics
  • Sun Chemical

Silver Level

  • Conversource
  • Explorer Pressroom Solutions
  • Falconboard
  • INX International
  • Primex Plastics
  • Yupo Corporation of America

Joining the growing list of SGP Resource Partners that help support sustainable printing and SGP in 2021 were:

  • Consortium for Waste Circularity
  • Printing Industries of Southern California
  • Printing Industries of New England
  • Printing Industry of the Carolinas
  • PrintReleaf

“The interest in being part of the SGP Community- certified, patron, brand leader and resource partner grows each year and continues to make us a stronger organization. As retailers and consumers demand sustainable supply chains, SGP provides independent validation of sustainability metrics via our facility certification,” said Monteleone. “The increased engagement reflects all our commitments to creating a more sustainable future.”

SGP certification recognizes top sustainability leaders in the printing industry that meet its holistic and rigorous certification criteria. Facilities, including printers and suppliers, interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, transitioning to sustainable materials and winning new business from organizations that require sustainable printing practices should visit www.sgppartnership.org/certification for additional information.

ABOUT SGP: The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the only certification organization promoting sustainability in all printing processes throughout the United States and Canada. SGP promotes a sustainable print supply chain through best practices, innovation, information sharing and validation. The SGP program encompasses the three pillars of sustainability – people, planet, and profit. SGP partners include 3M, tesa tape North America, Bobst, Cooley/Group, EFI, EMG, FLEXcon, Laird Plastics, Mondadnock Paper Mills, New Leaf Paper, Nvent Marketing, Piedmont Plastics, Polymershapes, Sun Chemical, REI, ANN Inc., BrandKey Graphics, Snowball Print Marketing, major print organizations, academic institutions, and other leading companies. www.sgppartnership.org

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