Reducing Waste

We’re inventing new products and re-engineering existing ones to reduce waste and increase the efficient use of materials. We also continually identify new ways to reduce waste in our global operations.

Making Progress Toward Zero Waste
In our operations, we continue to increase the number of facilities that meet our criteria for “Zero Waste” designations—sending less than 2% of its waste to the landfill for six consecutive months. At the end of 2018, 83 facilities—and 60% of our manufacturing and R&D sites—met this high standard.

In our North America operations, we’ve seen that many small measures add up to substantial results. Our Greenfield, Indiana, plant implemented single-stream recycling that increased recycling rates at the facility. In Miamisburg, Ohio, employees analyzed scrap material to identify a recycler that could process it. And at our Ft. Wayne, Indiana, plant, solids in process wastewater are now being treated in an anaerobic “digester.” 

Designing Solutions that Reduce Waste
We’ve introduced multiple innovations created specifically to reduce waste, save costs, and increase efficiency.

Among them:


Printer Solutions
Eliminating Waste in Logistics Labels

Our ADTP®2 EcoCutTM Solution produces variable-length labels for labeling pallets, cartons, and other logistics units. It uses a continuous label roll combined with an innovative, proprietary cutting mechanism in the printer. This allows the user to choose the exact length and quantity of labels needed, on demand. By eliminating waste, EcoCut delivers significant cost savings, increased productivity, and improved sustainability.

Label and Packaging Materials
Leaving Out the Liner

There’s no liner waste with our Direct Thermal liner-less solution because it comes without liners. As a result, customers can get up to 60% more labels per roll, resulting in fewer roll changes, faster operations, better use of warehouse space, and no liners to dispose of. Our Direct Thermal solution also eliminates matrix waste by no longer requiring die-cutting.

Intelligent Labels
Creating Chemical-Free RFID Tags

One way to produce RFID tags is to use chemicals to etch the antennas. But doing so requires potentially dangerous chemicals, such as phosphoric acid, acetic acid, and nitric acid. We’ve innovated new manufacturing methods including cutting the antenna material with dies and lasers rather than through chemical etching. This avoids the use of harmful chemicals and makes it possible to recycle the matrix from our RFID rolls—some 127,000 pounds to date.

Performance Polymers
Eliminating Solvents while Maintaining Performance

Our UV Curable Acrylic Warm Melt adhesive technology is a new adhesive platform that enables the deployment of high-performance acrylic polymer technology across a broad range of pressure-sensitive applications. UV Curable Acrylic Warm Melt is an alternative to typical water- or solvent-based adhesives, which contain about 50% water by weight, or organic solvent that must be removed during the coating and drying processes. Our new adhesive platform contains no water or solvent, eliminating the need for the energy-intensive drying and thermal oxidation processes. Since it cures with lamps instead of ovens, the coating reduces the total energy required to produce a coated product by more than half, dramatically reducing related greenhouse gas emissions. The absence of solvents means near-zero emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and little to no residual VOCs in the final product. This makes it a preferable solution for automotive, food, and medical applications. Because UV Curable Acrylic Warm melt is composed of 100% solids, it lowers freight impact by about 60% compared to water- or solvent-based adhesives. With these significant processing and environmental advantages, adhesives based on the UV Curable Acrylic Warm Melt platform have the potential to significantly reduce consumption of both solvents and energy.

Graphics Solutions
New PVC-Free Digitally Printable Film
We recently launched a premium high-gloss polyurethane film designed for vehicle wrapping and outdoor architectural applications that require a PVC-free solution. It’s manufactured using PVC-and phthalate-free film technology, along with a solvent-free adhesive. It contains no PVCs or monomeric plasticizers, eliminating halogen-related disposal concerns.



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