Primary Packaging Supplier
Our Supplier's New "Green Facility" Expansion
- Incorporated LEED certification guidelines to ensure the new
building is environmentally responsible and a healthy place to work
(Targeting 2012 for certification, 95% there)
- Installed Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls,
resulting in increased energy efficiency of 83% compared to
- Installed geothermal heating and cooling
units: water from underground pipes enters the building
running through a heat exchanger and, depending on the requirements
and time of year, the building is heated or cooled. (See
Glossary of Terms for definition of Heat Exchanger). The
cost to heat or cool the entire building expansion requires minimal
cost and energy; the 40,000 square foot facility is heated or
cooled using only 1/14th the energy that would be
required using oil (or equivalent to heating one 2,857
square foot home using oil).
- Radiant floor heating throughout entire
expansion uses 25 - 30% less energy compared to the heating system
used in the old building. Radiant floor heating is more efficient
than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air
heating because no energy is lost through air ducts (US Department
- New ventilation system utilizes the same heat
exchanger to further reduce heating and cooling
requirements.Installed ENERGY STAR rated windows
that employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and
improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during
Our Supplier's Waste/Energy Reduction
- For the past 10 years, water used in the production process is
captured, purified (using reverse osmosis), and reused in our plant
so that zero waste water (including facility cleaning chemicals and
solutions) is discharged into the ground.
- Recycle or reuse 98% of our waste stream. Looking to get to
100% by introducing programs like composting by year end 2012.
Paper, resin, ink and aluminum foil is converted to energy pellets
and used in lieu of coal for electric generating power plants.
The 2% that we don't reuse or recycle is made up of food
product waste from our cafeteria.
- All new equipment must contain energy efficient systems.
- Drying Systems - designed to be more efficient. Has replaced
all old equipment that supports Bigelow Tea packaging. The printed
materials are dried at only 200 degrees versus 400 degrees required
with the old gas ovens, using fans to circulate high velocity air
reducing the energy required to dry by 50% and saving 1,000,000
BTUs per year.
- All motors used now are ENERGY STAR rated.
Our Supplier is Using Environmentally and Worker
- Printer inks: 100% of our inks used in offset Electron Beam
(EB) or Gravure printing processes are water based, making them one
of only five printers in the US who use this method of printing.
These inks are safe and healthier for operators as they generate
only 2% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are non-toxic and
contain no solvents, whereas solvent-based inks can contain up to
- Using inks without solvents eliminates the need for complex
ovens to burn off solvents and energy intensive scrubbers
traditionally used to remove solvents, enabling a smaller carbon
footprint and safer environment for employees.
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