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1 1 Project LIFE Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute November 17, 2008

2 2 Agenda What is Project LIFE? Why should I participate? How much will it cost? How does it work? What Resources are available? Next Steps Grand Rapids Label Experience Q&A with Bill Muir

3 3 What is Project LIFE? Certification program developed by TLMI to: Support member response to growing pressures in the marketplace about environmental performance Create incentives for improving environmental performance in the industry Encourage continual improvement through cost-effective tools that enable custom prioritization

4 4 This is a Member Driven Initiative Task Force Members: Thomas Dahbura Hub Label Calvin Frost Channeled Resources (ex-officio) Tim Goodwin Resource Label Jack Kenny L&NW (ex-officio) Doug Kopp Kopco Graphics John McDermott Label World, (Chair) Mark Miles G-3 Enterprises Bill Muir Grand Rapids Label Co. Terie Syme Prestige Label Nick Van Alstine Macaran Printed Products Jeff Salisbury Label Impressions Five Winds International (Project Consultants)

5 5 Why should I participate? Customer Relations: –Anticipate and be ahead of requests Marketing: –Differentiation will turn into Compliance Good Management: –“What you can measure you can manage” –Identify cost savings and innovation opportunities –Empower employees

6 6 Why Should I Participate? Tailored to label converters and their issues –Emphasis on matrix and liner waste and label design issues –General enough to cover entire business operation and diverse technologies Easy to participate in –Simple process to follow and grow into –Flexible reporting and valuation –Proceed at the pace that makes sense for your business Affordable –No special fees to support program overheads –Pay only for direct audit costs and investments in your business

7 7 How do I communicate about LIFE? Certification is for your company/facility, not your product Certified members can use the logo on marketing materials, but not the product package Guidelines exist for claims and use of the logo

8 8 How Much Will This Cost Me? TLMI annual fees cover… –Project LIFE development and maintenance –Website access and maintenance –Project LIFE marketing costs Participant pays for –Cost of self-assessment –Cost of improvements –Cost of audit every other year –Cost of marketing their individual certification Self-Assessment: Time commitments will vary based on availability and quality of existing activities and information On-site Audit: Cost will be determined by time required by auditor to review documentation (on average 1-2 days) There are no fees paid to TLMI to participate in Project LIFE apart from annual TLMI member fees.

9 9 Estimated Audit Costs Travel expenses additional

10 10 How Do I Participate? Download materials Set improvement plans Conduct self-audit Register scorecard with TLMI Get audited Repeat cycle Market results TLMI maintains a list of certified members on their website, but is not expected or able to produce Scorecards if requested by a customer.

11 11 2. Enter your Company Name 3. Enter Name of facility being scored 4. Enter the date the scorecard was completed 5. Enter the name of the person that completed the scorecard. 6. Enter Y in the column that best describes your level of engagement in each activity. 7. This column fills in automatically. This is your Score. 8. Enter the amount of any performance improvement in this requirement from the previous year, using the unit of measurement listed. 9. Enter any comments or detail on your score in this requirement. Please note that supporting documentation must still be submitted for certain levels. How does it work? Scorecard 1. Open and Save a blank copy of the Excel-based Scorecard to serve as a template for future assessments. Then, Save another copy with the date, facility name, or other identifying characteristic.

12 12 More on the Scorecard Scorecard organized in 4 categories with 31 total metrics: –1.0 Clean production techniques –2.0 Energy and greenhouse gases –3.0 Product design –4.0 Management practices The scorecard has several metrics particular to label converters (e.g. liner waste) but most are generic to most businesses and informed by ISO Each metric is scored by: –Not applicable –No activity –Investigating –Engaged –Public reporting –Improvement from previous year There is no overall “Score” for the scorecard as different stakeholders will emphasize different metrics Participants are encouraged to share the total scorecard with employees, customers and other important stakeholders.

13 13 How does it work? Certification Decision Should I Become Certified?  I have met all of the criteria required for certification (see below). Must have scored a minimum of ‘Engaged’ for all requirements in the Management section Must have a score of and supporting documents for at least the level of ‘Investigating’ for all requirements, with explanation for any that are considered not applicable Must demonstrate a process for how priorities will be or were determined for creating formal programs Must demonstrate that the facility has incurred no significant environmental violations  Certification would allow me to more easily communicate my environmental commitments to my customers or local regulatory bodies, or my customers have actively been asking about Project LIFE Certification.  My company would like to take a leadership position on this issue. If you do not check any of the above, use the Reference Manual and other resources to further develop your engagement with environmental activities, and consider certification again in the future.

14 14 Getting Started at

15 15 Resources Available LIFE Reference Manual and Guidelines for Use of Logo TLMI Member Site: Green Guide TLMI Environmental Best Practices Task Force Local Dept of Environmental Quality EPA Printer Sector Notebook

16 16 Resources Available – Reference Manual To decrease facility VOC and HAP releases to the air: When printing, use low-VOC inks such as vegetable oil-based or water-based inks, or UV inks (rather than solvent- based inks), coatings, including varnishes and primers, and cleaning products. When adhesive coating, use low-VOC adhesives such as water-soluble, hot- melt, or UV adhesives. Note that UV materials require additional safety protection. Use automatic cleaning equipment for parts washers and other equipment. This equipment can often be retrofitted to existing presses and operations. Use low-VOC alternatives to materials listed below.

17 17 Next Steps For further questions contact: John McDermott Environmental Best Practices Task Force , X104 Frank Sablone TLMI Visit the Member website to download the materials: –www.tlmi.com


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