Environmental Responsibility

Leading Colorado’s narrow web converting industry in environmental consciousness by becoming the State’s ONLY label manufacturing facility to obtain L.I.F.E.® Certification

Columbine Label Company is committed to managing health, safety and environmental (HS&E) matters as an integral part of our core business.  It is our policy to assure the HS&E integrity of our processes and facilities.  The process identifies risks pertaining to activities, products, and services associated with daily operations and in all departments.  Environmental awareness has become a culture in our Label Printing Company.  Across the facility we strive for lean manufacturing processes to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

Digital Advantage label converting process includes leading edge technology that provides efficiency in converting, helping us eliminate nearly 90% of time and materials on setup and waste.  Because the process is digital, it is a direct to print system that does not use printing plates of any kind.  It is the best process for economically printing on textured papers and material with recycled content and the HP ElectroInk uses a thinner ink layer to reach the same color saturation as dry toner printing.
Columbine Label has been recognized for innovative technology in its recycle and reuse process of imaging oil waste generated by digital printing.

  • Materials certified by the Foresty Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Materials made from recycled content
  • Adhesives that are removable when submersed in water at 100°F or higher
  • No hazard air pollutants (HAP)

Flexographic label converting process is set-up to run water-based inks with paper liners to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) released into the air, and reduces the amount of ink mixed in with the waste stream.  Digital printing plates are created (without film negatives), helping to reduce energy and waste.  And we are continually working to reduce time and materials spent on setup, as well as waste.

Label Initiative For the Environment (L.I.F.E.®) is an annually audited environmental certification process tailored specifically to the label and package printing, and converting industry.  It is designed to assist the TLMI (Tag and Label manufacturers Institute) members in finding cost effective ways to reduce their company’s environmental footprint and document their commitment to sustainability.

Columbine Label environmental improvements:

  • Reduced amount of solid waste sent to landfill by 53,290 tons
  • 13.7% reduction in green house gas emissions
  • Improved normalized impact of electrical efficiency by 17.6% and natural gas by 9.1%
  • Improved our normalized impact of water usage by 15.8%

Columbine Label has been recognized for innovative technology in its recycle and reuse process of imaging oil waste generated by digital printing.

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