PLI Becomes Only Third Major Plastics printer to Receive FSC(R) Certification


Asheville-based Plasticard-Locktech International (PLI), the world’s largest manufacturer of hotel keycards and a specialty printer of plastic and paper products, announced today that the company has earned Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program. This makes PLI one of only three major plastics printers worldwide to offer paper products that carry the FSC seal.

“Receiving FSC certification shows that PLI is committed to the highest environmental standards,” said Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Peter M. Krauss. “It also gives our customers an edge by allowing them to weave their environmental initiatives into the printed materials used for operations, marketing and more.”

Asheville-based Plasticard-Locktech International (PLI), the world’s largest manufacturer of hotel keycards and a specialty printer of plastic and paper

As a result of this certification, PLI products printed on certified paper stock – including an option that’s both recyclable and biodegradable – can carry the FSC and Rainforest Alliance (RA) labels. This guarantees customers that the products they are buying are the result of practices balancing ecological, economic, and social considerations throughout every part of the supply chain, from the forest to the finished product.

Receiving FSC certification required PLI to develop a new batch of processes and procedures. For example, raw materials that will be used for FSC-labeled finished goods must be quarantined from non-FSC materials, and each live job must be clearly labeled as FSC every step of the way to ensure the integrity of the FSC label.

“Earning this certification was no small undertaking, but it shows that the entire PLI team – from upper management through sales to production and quality control – is dedicated to the FSC and Rainforest Alliance mission,” said Krauss.

PLI’s FSC certification is the latest chapter in its long history of environmental consciousness. The company’s commitment to the environment goes well beyond the materials it uses and touches every aspect of operation. The company’s printing process uses low-VOC chemicals. Plate making is chemical-free and the presses are alcohol-free, utilizing a closed, water-based system. Inks used are inert UV inks. 100% of paper, plastic and aluminum manufacturing waste is recycled, as is all office waste.

In 2008, PLI was the recipient of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Go Green Award for an extensive “greening” of its facility, which included coating the 64,000 square-foot galvanized roof with a protective product that conserves energy by reflecting the sun, and switching warehouse lighting to energy-efficient T5 and T8 fluorescents with motion detectors, which use 80% less power than conventional lights.

“Our FSC and Rainforest Alliance certification ushers in an exciting new era for PLI,” said Krauss. “As we continue in our third decade of serving clients, we have a new opportunity to present them with products that are not only on the cutting edge of design and technology, but on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability as well.”


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About PLI: Plasticard-Locktech International is the world’s largest hotel keycard manufacturer and a leading specialty printer of plastic and paper products. Founded in 1988, the company works with hoteliers, retailers, restaurants, attractions and event planners worldwide, producing hundreds of millions of items each year. For more information, visit

About The Rainforest Alliance: The Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit conservation organization, is the world’s leading certifier of forestlands to the FSC standards. To date, the organization has certified 156 million acres of forestland. The Rainforest Alliance works with businesses in making more responsible choices by using market forces to protect our natural resources and support workers and local communities. For more information, visit and

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