WS Packaging Group has earned the Label Initiative for the Environment (L.I.F.E.) certification at its Fullerton plant in Fullerton, Calif., from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI). The L.I.F.E. program is an audited sustainability certification process tailored specifically to the narrow-web printing and converting industry and is comparable to ISO 14001 certification requirements.
The L.I.F.E. certification establishes operation metrics and process improvements that enable printing companies to determine cost-effective ways to reduce their environmental impact and share this commitment with their customers.
WS Packaging is continuously looking for ways to improve its own environmental initiatives through its company-wide sustainability program, along with ways to enhance the sustainable packaging options it offers to brand owners.
“More and more of our customers are being asked, or mandated, to evaluate the sustainability of their packaging,” said Terry Moede, corporate director of environment and safety for WS Packaging. “Having the third-party L.I.F.E. certification shows our customers that we operate in an environmentally sound manner and can provide documentation to meet their chain-of-custody requirements. We have implemented several processes and procedures to reduce waste and energy consumption throughout all our locations. We are currently pursuing L.I.F.E. certification at several other plants.”
The Fullerton plant is the second facility to achieve the L.I.F.E. certification, through extensive documentation and a two-day audit. The Jefferson Street plant in Algoma, Wis., was the first WS Packaging location to achieve the L.I.F.E. certification in 2011.
WS Packaging Group, Inc., with more than 45 years of experience, is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 18 manufacturing facilities and produces high-quality packaging products. Its customers range in size from small businesses to large, high-volume manufacturers and consumer product goods companies doing business locally, nationally, and in marketplaces worldwide. WS Packaging Group is majority owned by J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. (JWC), a private equity firm based in Boston, Mass., investing in middle-market growth companies. Since 1995, JWC has invested in over 40 companies, with a transaction value of more than $12 billion.