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SGP Sees More Companies Join Its Community

In 2021, the organization saw more certified facilities, renewals, and companies joining as SGP Patrons

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SGP Partnership, an authority in sustainable printing facility certifications, says 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.

According to SGP, sustainability certification is the core of the all-volunteer non-profit’s work. Facilities must meet the requirements and comprehensive facility audit evaluating people, planet, and profit, and use the SGP Impact Tracker to report and monitor progress on all sustainability metrics from carbon footprint to illness and injuries. As of Jan. 1, 2022, SGP sustainability certification is open for print industry supplier facilities.

Newly certified facilities in 2021 included:

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

These facilities were recertified: 

  • 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 recertifications, by the end of 2021 there were more than 50 facilities starting the certification process, including our first supplier facility,” says Doreen Monteleone, SGP treasurer and Flexographic Technical Association representative. “Our entire SGP Community of printers, suppliers, print buyers, and supporters is well engaged.”

SGP thanks its patrons that help to support the organization financially and by providing expertise. New SGP Patrons in 2021 included:

Platinum Level

  • tesa tape North America

Gold Level

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

Patrons that 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 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,” states Monteleone. “The increased engagement reflects all our commitments to creating a more sustainable future.”

According to SGP, the SGP certification recognizes sustainability leaders in the printing industry that meet its certification criteria. Facilities, including printers and suppliers, interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, transitioning to sustainable materials, and gaining business from organizations that require sustainable printing practices can become certified here.

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Marie Fennema is the editor of the GRAPHICS PRO Daily, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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