Sustainability

FSC® Certification

In August 2011, we became only the third plastics printer to earn Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance. As a result, products printed on certified paper stock – including an option that's both recyclable and biodegradable – can carry the FSC and Rainforest Alliance 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.

 

PLI's Nu EcoCard

PLI's Nu EcoCard is the perfect solution for consumers looking for an environmentally friendly product with the properties of traditional plastic cards. Made from 60% chalk and 40% HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), PLI-Nu eCard is the first commercially viable yet “green” alternative to PVC cards.

Cards produced on PLI-Nu eCard look and feel identical to a standard PVC card and can be produced with magnetic stripes, barcodes, personalization, embossing, punching and drilling. PLI-Nu eCard is made from sustainable and renewable raw materials using a waterless production process with low energy consumption in manufacturing. It is nontoxic and non-carcinogenic, uses no acid, alkaline, bleach or phthalates in production, and its polyethylene has a minimal ecological impact.

The 85% PVC-free option is price neutral to standard PVC, and a 100% PVC-free option is available for a minimal premium.

  • Nontoxic product

  • Made from sustainable, reclaimed and renewable raw materials

  • Alternative to PVC, PP, HIPS, Teslin and other 100% synthetic paper and plastic products

  • Recyclable, re-usable in soil as conditioners

  • Reduces plastic in landfills by 60%

  • No acid, alkaline or bleach used

  • REACH, COHSE and ROHS compliant

 

PLI Greening Initiatives

  • Using low-VOC, alcohol-free chemicals and inert UV inks on all presses, which also utilize a closed, water-based system

  • Using a chemical-free plate-making system

  • Recycling 100% of paper, plastic and aluminum manufacturing waste

  • Replacing 85% of all cleaning chemicals with greener alternatives

  • Coating our 64,000 square-foot galvanized roof with a protective product that conserves energy by reflecting the sun, which has reduced building cooling costs by up to 30%

  • Switching all warehouse lighting from wasteful traditional spot hi-bay lighting to energy-efficient T5 and T8 fluorescents with motion detectors, which use 80% less power than conventional lights and generate a more even light spread

 

As a result of these efforts, we received the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's first Go Green Award in 2008. Now, as we continue into our third decade of serving customers, we remain committed to always being a responsible steward of the environment, combining cutting-edge technology with ecologically responsible processes and products to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

PLI has a long history of environmental consciousness, with our greening efforts touching every aspect of our operation, from our catalog to production to our facility. We remain committed to always being a responsible steward of the environment, combining cutting-edge technology with ecologically responsible processes and products to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
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