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TLMI Recognizes Eight Member Companies for Sustainability Leadership

Press release from the issuing company

Tom Hauenstein from S-One Packaging, winner of the Best of the Best award, between Calvin Frost and Jim Sheibley

Milford, OH – TLMI announces that eight association members were awarded TLMI Calvin Frost Sustainability Leadership Awards at the association’s recent Annual Meeting in Naples, Florida. The awards are an eponymous tribute to one of our industry’s most respected sustainability thought leaders and longtime member, Calvin Frost of Channeled Resources Group.

Since 2002, the TLMI Sustainability Leadership Awards have recognized association converter and supplier members who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive sustainability practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes and the implementation of an educational program. In 2020, the Sustainability Leadership Awards Committee redesigned the award application process to recognize sustainability achievements and efforts at all levels, regardless of where a company might be on their evolving sustainability journey. Companies can submit applications in the following three categories:

  • The Trailhead Award: For companies in the early stages of their sustainability journey.
  • The Journey Award: For companies that are further along in their sustainability journey.
  • The Elevation Award: For companies with sophisticated in-house sustainability programs and that are making a significant industry impact.

The converter winner of the 2021 Trailhead Award was NOSCO. The company’s Sustainability Summit for its customers, formidable numbers surrounding recycling, and energy efficiency programs were a submission standout. The judges were also impressed with Nosco’s continuous improvement programs in quality, engineering, marketing, and facilities management.

The supplier winner of the 2021 Trailhead Award was FLEXcon. The company’s well-defined environmental policy and environmental management system commitment, signed by the Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of the company were a standout to how a supplier member can take sustainability practices to a new level. A co-generation system installed on site and a complex recycling program that includes both in-house materials and a take-back program for customer packaging also impressed the judges.

The converter winner of the 2021 Journey Award was AWT, a previous winner in the Trailhead Category and a company that continues to expand their sustainability programs and processes each year. These include customer education tools that illustrate the benefits of sustainable materials for both employees and customers, an established Sustainability Committee that meets regularly to review and report the company’s progress on sustainability goals, reduced energy consumption by over 50% due to the installation of company-wide LED lighting, and reduced VOC emissions by 25% due to the integration of a new solvent recovery system.

The supplier winner of the 2021 Journey Award was S-One Holdings Corporation. The company won for their ReEarth line of compostable and bio-based prelaminated flexible packaging films. All components of the films are made up of bio-based materials and have passed rigorous testing for industrial composting.

This year the Awards Committee created an additional Journey recognition Award given to MacArthur Corporation for the company’s dedication and work surrounding their programs for overall employee wellness, well-being and safety.

One of the converter winners of the 2021 Elevation Award was Hub Label. As a previous TLMI Sustainability Award winner, the judges were extremely impressed by how Hub continues to raise the bar on best practices. The company is currently landfill-free, has a robust recycling program as well as a unique company-wide program Hub refers to as “Random Acts of Green.”

Another Elevation Award was given to Multi-Color Corporation. Even though the company is one of our industry’s largest multinational converters, the judges wanted to honor Multi-Color’s commitment to their sustainable products and systems in addition to the impact they are making on their own customers’ sustainability goals.

The supplier winner of the 2021 Elevation Award was Systech International. The company impressed judges with their impact on social structures and creating jobs for rural communities where they operate. Systech additionally has a closed system for water use and has implemented the use of solar energy in their manufacturing processes.

This year, TLMI challenged the judges to closely examine all the winning submissions, whether they were a converter or supplier and regardless of their award category, and to choose the ‘Best of the Best’ entry. This company will become TLMI’s next Label Leader and will have the association’s professional video team visit their plant to produce a video highlighting their sustainability programs. The Best of the Best submission was awarded to S-One Holdings Corporation.

TLMI’s Vice President of Sustainability, Rosalyn Bandy, comments, “I would like to once again personally congratulate all of this year’s winners of the Calvin Frost Sustainability Leadership Awards. This was quite a year for the awards and for the judges since we received more submissions than ever before. I want to thank Aimee Peacock and the entire Awards Committee for their hard work and for taking the awards selection process so seriously. Winning a TLMI Sustainability Leadership Award has become a coveted honor among our members and I’m thrilled that we are able to assist these companies in receiving the accolades and attention they so deserve.”


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