At MacDermid Graphics Solutions, we use the term “sustainability” primarily in relation to the operation of our business. We believe responsible, sustainable operations can meet current resource needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
We work toward sustainable manufacturing by reducing waste and inefficiency in operations, including our manufacturing facilities, office buildings and distribution activities. We also work to preserve the rights and working conditions of our employees, including the safety and health of individuals and neighboring communities.
We have established sustainability goals to guide our efforts and continually improve our performance. All employees are expected to help MacDermid achieve its sustainability goals. By 2016 we aim to meet the following goals:
MacDermid is a patron sponsor of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), an organization committed to encourage and promote participation in the worldwide movement to reduce environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the graphic communications industry through certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within manufacturing operations.
On April 22, Earth Day, MacDermid Graphics Solutions announced the launch of a unique, interactive tool that calculates the environmental impacts of three different types of flexographic printing plates – solvent, thermal and liquid plates. The Environmental Footprint Calculator (EFC) allows users to determine the environmental impacts particular to their platemaking operations by incorporating customer-specific variables such as plate type, plate gauge, geographic location, plate size, and number of plates.
Contact your MacDermid representative to model the EFC to your specific platemaking scenario. To read the EFC White Paper, which outlines the development of the EFC, click here.
The Tennessee Recycling Coalition (TRC) recently announced MacDermid Graphics Solutions' Morristown, TN manufacturing facility as the winner of The Business Recycler of the Year 2008 award. The award is presented annually to the business that practices outstanding leadership in waste prevention and recycling in their region or field. Through an intense recycling campaign, MacDermid reduced its landfill volume by more than 85% from 2006 to 2008. During that time, MacDermid was able to divert more than 3 million pounds from the landfill.