To Incinerate, or not to Incinerate!

To Incinerate, or not to Incinerate!

November 28, 2018

Production

The printing industry has always struggled with its waste, even with recent technological advances. Our facility here in Metro Vancouver produces both labels and packaging which have their own separate challenges. Labels themselves are constructed with layers of paper stock, inks, adhesives and laminates. Labels applied to packaging are usually removed through the recycling process and likely are incinerated or put in the landfill.

Packaging on the other hand (such as stand-up pouches) are constructed with multiple layers of plastics, inks, adhesives, lacquers and laminates. To add to the complexity of packaging, each layer of plastic can be a different substrate. This means the final construction turns the package into recycle number 7, which is not recyclable. At best, companies are chipping the material and creating pellets to sell as alternate fuel.

Technology

As a company in the Pacific North West, we struggle to keep our byproducts in a circular economy. We have heard of companies in Europe who have made flooring out of label and packaging waste. That said, it’s just not practical or environmentally sustainable to send our waste halfway around the world. Therefore, we look to the options available to us: Landfill or Incineration. Do we burry our waste which will break down slowly over a couple centuries; or do we burn our waste and create energy for homes which will break down over a couple of hours? Both options aren’t great, especially when considering the “allowable emissions” regulations set by governments for incineration.

Issues

The challenge is real, and just when you think you have found a solution, another issue emerges. This occurred when our team visited the incineration plant for a tour. When speaking with the crane operator, we discovered that our waste (which is sometimes on a roll) is too dense to breakdown and will actually roll off the conveyor belt. This means the extra transport time and dumping costs to the incinerator have been for the most part, a waste of resources. So our research department is back to the drawing board, all while thinking “To Incinerate or not to Incinerate!” That is the question… where is Shakespeare when you need him?

 

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BiV Award – Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver

May 16, 2018

Our Company

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized by Business in Vancouver in the category “Biggest Manufacturers in Vancouver.” We have three facilities that operate nearly 24/7 and 365 days a year. Our humble beginnings started in 1980 with three employees and one press located in East Vancouver. Now we have expanded to over 200 employees and over 40 presses and associated machines. Our company offers labels and packaging such as bar wrappers, stick packs, tea sachets, shrink sleeves, stand-up pouches, and lidding film. To show our commitment to the food and beverage industry, our company became IFS PACsecure certified. This is the highest global standard a company can achieve in creating “food safe” labels and packaging.

Forward Motion

We took four years to research and develop North America’s first Non-GMO, fully backyard compostable stand-up pouch. We have created outstanding customer service and premium products. AssociatedLP has become the largest and leading label and packaging supplier in Western Canada and the Pacific North West. And we look forward to future awards as we continue to improve through state of the art technology and interdepartmental training. Recognizing and problem solving for our customers lead times, cost or shelf life is where we shine. We look forward to helping customers reach their best possible label and packaging outcomes.

Thank you to Business in Vancouver for recognizing our companies achievements!

Jay Ashworth – Sustainability Manager

 

 

 

We Are Now Certified “Food Safe”

May 7, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our successful acquirement of the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure Certification. In other words, our company has become “food safe” in the most vigorous global standard one can achieve.

What does this mean? 

In a nutshell, our facility produces labels and packaging which ensure food safety requirements are met within our customers product supply chain.

How do we fit in the picture?

Imagine you are in the grocery store holding a food product such as a stand-up pouch full of quinoa. Now think vertically in the supply chain. These raw materials had to be sourced, processed, packaged safely, and then shipped across the country to grocery stores.

Our companies roll is to ensure protection from biological, chemical and physical hazards within our label and packaging facility. This is because our labels and packaging will enter a facility that handles food products. In the case of our stand-up pouches, bar wrappers and lidding film; our packaging will come in direct contact with food.

Why is this important?

Globalization has meant that our food is being sourced from all corners of the world. Standards about what food safe means across industries and the world vary. International Featured Standards PACsecure raises the bar in meeting new stringent government regulations to protect consumers.

Next Level?

Associated Labels and Packaging thrives at being second to none; taking these difficult steps in becoming IFS PACsecure certified solidifies our place at the top of our industry. We look forward to helping customers thriving to reach their own personal best.

 

For more details, please contact info@associated-labels.com

Written by Jay Ashworth, Marketing and Sustainability Manager

 

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Associated Labels Launches HP Indigo 20000 Digital Printing Press

January 11, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging, a leading labels and packaging converter in Western Canada, has completed installation of an HP Indigo 20000 digital press, as it expands its sustainability offering, including digital printing of flexible packaging on eco-friendly materials.

The HP Indigo 20000 digital press doubles digital capacity for Associated Labels and Packaging, operating until now its digital services with two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses. The 30-inch press will also allow the converter to deliver digitally printed flexible packaging and pouch applications to complement its wide-web flexo printing.

‘The addition of the Indigo 20000 will allow us to provide the market with unlimited short-run packaging. In the past, it was cost prohibitive due to minimum orders. With this technology we can now produce smaller runs for market testing and development, and also stay profitable on smaller runs from existing key customers,’ said Shaun Ashworth, Associated Labels and Packing president.

The Vancouver-area converter, serving western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, has invested in a sustainability program as a strategic company mission, developing a unique backyard compostable stand-up pouch product. The film is also running on the HP Indigo 20000, opening new marketing opportunities.

According to Jay Ashworth, marketing and sustainability manager, specialty brands, including boutique organic and natural products, are increasingly interested in a fully sustainable packaging solution as part of their product marketing. ‘With digital printing on eco film, these innovative products can enjoy high-quality packaging SKUs, test market interest and also stay true to their eco-values.’ he said.

Since starting in a small label printing plant in Vancouver in 1981 Associated Labels and Packaging has grown to over 100,000 square feet, with 24 hour-a-day press runs.

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THE MONSTERS ARE COMING!!! Are you ready?

September 12, 2017

The days are getting shorter and darker, Halloween is coming closer, and monster sightings are on the rise. Time to empower your kids to fight back with their very own MONSTER SPRAY!!! The very eye catching metallic label stock is even more mesmerizing in person. Come by and pick one up at or reception and see for yourself!

Print Smart; Flexographic Printing vs. Digital Printing Infographic

March 2, 2017

 

Look What The Stork Brought In… It’s a Digital Press!!!

October 24, 2016

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Associated Labels and Packaging is happy to announce the birth of Hewlett Packard(HP) Indigo WS6800. Our flagship digital press who was born at 2:43pm Monday, October 2016, in the Digital Press Division at 61 Clipper Street in Vancouver. HP Indigo WS6800 weighed 6.069 tons, and measured 5.838w x 2.160d x 2.087h!!!

 

Digital Press

(Ultrasound at 39 weeks!)

In addition to our new digital press, we have also upgraded our other presses to WS6800’s. Our digital division is meeting our ever growing demand for premium digital label orders and turn around times. This press achieves breakthrough productivity and advanced colour management.

Associated Labels and Packaging prides itself for being technological leaders in the label and packaging industry. Our research and development department is constantly working with our suppliers to ensure our leadership continues in the Pacific North West and Western Canada.

If you have any further questions on what our new press means for your label options, please contact our sales team at sales@associated-labels.com

 

Written by Jay Ashworth

Business Of The Year Nominee: “When You Do The Right Thing, People Take Notice!”

October 6, 2016

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After joining the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce last month which serves Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, we were welcomed by the community of over 500 local business members. Associated Labels and Packagings decided to join after speaking to a council member while volunteering at the creek restoration project next to our facility. Our goals for joining were to connect with local businesses, as well as, our community on a deeper level.

Business Excellence Award Nominee Criteria:

  • Exemplary record of business sustainability, growth and prudent financial management
  • Excellent customer and/or employee relationships
  • Uses an innovative approach to business growth and development
  • Proactively contributes to the community and is established as a strong corporate citizen

 

Some of our noteworthy achievements have been developing the first Non-GMO Backyard Compostable Stand-up Pouch in North America; Supporting local hockey and lacrosse teams; starting a cycling and hiking club for employees and installing two bee hives on our property.

When you do the right thing, people take notice! We are so proud of our staff for making this possible and we look forward to continuing this amazing trajectory.
Written by Jay Ashworth

 

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We Think, We Speak, and We Print in Rainbows

July 29, 2016

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It’s pride weekend in Vancouver! Associated Labels and Packaging recognizes our social responsibility in supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) community within our own industry. Our business foundation is built upon commitment to “People,” “Ethics” and “Quality.”

We believe that having a safe and inclusive work environment for all our staff is a basic human need; everyone, regardless of their beliefs or sexual orientation deserves this without question. We therefore encourage our employees to bring their full selves to work, and not feel the need to cover up their true identity. Associated Labels and Packaging is no stranger to the LGBTQ community, and we intend to keep it that way.

 

Written by Jay Ashworth

“Communities in Bloom” National Competition Pays us a Visit

July 20, 2016

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Today Associated Labels and Packaging participated in the national “Communities in Bloom” competition in collaboration with the City of Coquitlam. Associated Labels and Packaging represents the only commercial business out of 22 locations selected for national judges to evaluate. Other sites include a golf course,  hatchery, community gardens, and multiple parks. This year City of Coquitlam (CoQ) staff are determined to win the “Communities in Bloom” on its 125th birth year.

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized for, and will be evaluated on Community Involvement, Environmental Action and Landscaping. A short list of our Community Involvement includes staff donating over 36,000lbs of food in the past six years to the Coquitlam food bank; sponsoring the Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse and Hockey teams.

Environmental Action has been Associated Labels and Packaging’s strong points. Our research and development team after four year of hard work, has developed a fully backyard compostable non-gmo, stand-up pouch (a first of its kind in North America). In addition, this past April saw two bee hives installed on the properties edge nearest to Como Creek. Not only do the bees help pollinate our local plants; they also help strengthen our company culture as staff participate or watch bee inspections on their lunch breaks. The timing coincided perfectly with the CoQ Como Creek restoration project located next to our property (which employees also volunteered their time for).

Landscaping at Associated Labels and Packaging has included surrounding the bee hives with flowers for the bees and snap pees for employees to grab on their way by. Future plans for the area include fork-liftable employee garden plots along the south side of our building; an updated compost system for lunch waste; and lastly converting our surrounding vegetation areas to native plants or a native food forest.

Our company is always looking at ways to be relevant to our local community, business community and finally our environmental community. We hope that our  efforts encompass all that is good about our company and we look forward to being leaders, as well as, mentors to other companies wishing to make positive impacts to their communities as well.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact me at jay@associated-labels.com

Written by Jay Ashworth

 

 

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community.

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance of six categories. http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca

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