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.