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Sun Chemical releases 2017 sustainability report


June 29, 2018
By PrintAction Staff

Sun Chemical has released its 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report which details what the company is doing to increase its use of bio-derived raw materials in its products and eco-efficiency goals.

“We want to show our customers that we are continuously working with suppliers and challenging ourselves to improve the eco-efficiency of our processes and products,” said Michael Simoni, Global Product Stewardship Leader, Sun Chemical. Our latest sustainability report shows a variety of exciting ways we’re increasing the use of bio-derived raw materials in our products.”

The report highlights Sun Chemical’s development of environmentally-friendly solutions, including:

• solvent-based liquid inks that use resins sourced from certified forests,
• water-based liquid inks that use bio-derived resins designed not to impact ink performance, and
• MirrorTech inks designed to reduce waste by replacing metalized board with printable metallic ink.

In the report, Sun Chemical outlined its sustainability roadmap, describing it as a phased approach designed to improve the eco-efficiency of each production and non-production facilities’ processes and products by monitoring key metrics to understand and manage its environmental impact. Its internal key sustainability metrics measure: energy consumption/conservation, energy carbon footprint, process waste reduction, water consumption, material safety and employee safety.

“Improving our manufacturing processes from production to distribution helps Sun Chemical uphold its reputation for quality, service and innovation while improving sustainability practices for our customers. It is a critical component of our sustainability policy,” said Gary Andrzejewski, Corporate Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Sun Chemical. “Our commitment to sustainability drives us to provide our customers with meaningful data that they can use, and in turn help meet their environmental goals.”

Sun Chemical’s sustainability policy stresses its responsibility to raise awareness about environmental issues in the graphic arts industry, noting that product stewardship and risk management are also important components of the policy with a commitment to take an analytical-based approach to its efforts.