Maryland Green Registry 2014 Award

Hub Labels Inc Wins Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award

Hagerstown, MD | June 11, 2014 — The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2013 Leadership Award to Hub Labels, Inc. for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices. The Registry honored its top performers at the Annual Membership and Awards Event on June 11, 2014 at Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase.

The Maryland Green Registry recognizes organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance with the leadership awards.

The Registry is a voluntary program that promotes and recognizes environmentally sustainable practices in organizations of all types and sizes statewide. Visit the Maryland Green Registry website for tips and resources designed to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

This Award honors the highest level of commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices,” said Secretary Robert M. Summers, Maryland Department of the Environment. “Hub Labels, Inc. is truly demonstrating the leadership that our state needs to help build a sustainable future.

Hub Labels, Inc. recognizes the efforts of our staff to encourage sustainability and help protect the environment,” said Hub Labels, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized for our hard work, leadership and continuous improvement in all our environmental initiatives.

Hub Labels successfully measures and tracks their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Hub Labels is please to share that in 2013, they were able to produce an overall reduction of electricity use to 305,163 kWh in 2013. Hub also saved 17,135.5 gallons of pure water, 347,560 lbs waste reduction, 575,762 lbs recycled material, which is a $13,679 savings from 2012-2013.

Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award winners represent a variety of facility types and sizes, but all have several key factors in common that contribute to their success: an organization-wide commitment to environmental performance; a green team that meets on a regular basis; And annual environmental goals and measurement of results. Past winners can be viewed on the Registry website.

Thomas Dahbura is The Label Guru

Meet the Label Guru

Hagerstown, MD | April 23, 2019 — Hub Labels introduces the Label Guru in a fun new video to promote Linerless Labels, an innovative label designed for high volume manufacturing and processing which is ideal for the meat, poultry and seafood industry due to the growing popularity of skin pack trays. Secondary markets include fresh produce, convenience and desserts. Linerless Labels are the perfect solution for any oddly shaped package that proves to be a labeling challenge for traditional pressure sensitive labels. Linerless Labels solve that problem by wrapping around the tray creating a 360° label for brands. This sleeving approach eliminates the separate silicon release liner needed for pressure sensitive labels. This revolutionary label delivers presentation consistency on the shelf, increased surface print area, backside printing, process efficiencies and less manual labor needed on a production line.

Popular for many years in the UK and Europe with over 12 billion+ applied annually, Linerless Labels and Sleeves bring high-end packaging solutions to the table with a variety of application styles. Linerless Labels provide all the benefits of self-adhesive labeling with improved efficiencies, volume applications and environmental advantages through their non-utilization of carrier backing paper. Available in silicone coated paper, board or synthetic materials, standard Linerless Labels deliver a semi-adhesive label format which partially adheres to pack through a series of technically placed glue strips. Labels faces are then supplied without carrier backing paper. Reel weight is therefore significantly reduced by up to 40%, meaning less weight waste, storage and reel changeovers. As an extended pack format, Linerless Labels also delivers consistency on-shelf as well as increased surface area print to better service information and legislative requirements.

Linerless Label Benefits Include

  • Zero backing paper waste
  • 40% less reel weight compared to self-adhesive labels
  • More labels on a reel
  • Fully automated application speeds of up to 180 packs per minute
  • Fewer reel changes, less downtime
  • Consistency of format on-shelf
  • Increased surface print area
  • Tamper evident

For more information, contact our Linerless Label team

Watch our Meet the Label Guru Video

Washington County Business "Going Green" Award Winner

2014 Going Green Business Award

Hagerstown, MD | February 26, 2014 — Hub Labels, Inc. received the Going Green Award during the 15th annual Washington County Business Awards at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014.

Hub Labels is proud to be recognized for the steps they have taken to integrate environmentally friendly operating practices and procedures into their business. This includes efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle throughout the facility, as well as educating employees.

Journey to Going Green

Hub Labels’ journey to “Going Green” began in 2009 when it introduced Linerless Labels to the United States Marketplace. Linerless Labels proved revolutionary in the label industry. It solved a unique problem in the marketplace of how to label a skin pack tray. The environmental benefits of Linerless Labels also proved to be a great win for Hub. As the name suggests, Linerless Labels are a no liner label, which means no waste that ends up in a landfill. This also reduces roll weight of the finished product, which in turn reduces shipping weight and costs. Linerless Labels are designed for high-volume manufacturing and processing line applications for meat, poultry and seafood packs and trays. They can also be an ideal solution for bakery goods, prepared foods or any product where a standard pressure sensitive label cannot be easily applied.

In 2012, Hub Labels became Project L.I.F.E. certified which is a program developed to enable Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (TLMI) members to find cost effective ways to help reduce their environmental footprint. As a result of the certification process, Hub Labels created an employee led “Going Green Team” that creates, implements and manages all the corporate environmental projects and efforts. The team has created standard operating procedures within each department that focus on reducing materials and waste to limit what is sent to a landfill. They have also identified best practices to reduce electrical consumption and create energy efficiencies within their standard operating procedures.

Since 2010, all efforts are tracked to measure how much waste has been eliminated, cost savings or added costs and employee engagement. With the tracking system, Hub can report back to employees how they are making a difference.

Environmental Efforts Tracking

Since 2010, all efforts are tracked to measure how much waste has been eliminated, cost savings or added costs and employee engagement. With the tracking system, Hub can report back to employees how they are making a difference. Hub has shown employees the impacts of their efforts.

Environmental Impact Statistics at Hub Labels Include:

  • Recycled materials have equaled 348,663 lbs for 2013.
  • Ink/toner/cell phone recycling began in 2013 through Evolve Recycling, which is zero landfill.
  • Starting in 2012, more than 17,990 lbs of plate material has been diverted from landfill through DuPont TR3 plate recycling.
  • Solid waste based on paper usage was reduced from .493% to .382% from 2010 to 2012, which means more is recycled and less waste is being generated at press reducing materials going to landfill.
  • Electrical consumption went from 80.05 feet per kilowatt hour to 82.10 feet per kilowatt hour, or, overall reduced by 3% in 2012, which means electricity is being used efficiently by being able to get more throughput each kilowatt hour.
  • Water usage from 2010 to 2012 went from .001416201 gallons per foot to .001305688 gallons per foot overall, which means less
water is being used in production. With the implementation of the After Rinse Water Recirculation system in 2012,
 14,495.7 gallons of pure water was saved for the year. As of September 2013, 13,348 gallons of pure water has been saved and more than 1,000 bottles of water saved with the implementation of a water bottle filling station on the shop fountain.

The other two finalists for the award included the Habitat for Humanity Restore and Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill. The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington County Department of Business Development hosted the event. There were about 152 businesses and people considered for the awards, which were narrowed down to 21 finalists. Over 530 people attended the black-tie optional event. Hub Labels is grateful to be recognized as a sustainability leader within the label industry.