Badger Tag & Label has reduced energy consumption through measures that are positioning the company for long-term business viability
RANDOM LAKE, Wis.—June 23, 2020—Having sustainable manufacturing practices has made it possible for Badger Tag & Label Corporation to maintain a competitive stance in today’s unusual economic climate. While sustainability can be a complex concept, the three principles are planet, people, and profit.
The Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as “the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impact while conserving energy and natural resources.” The measures Badger has adopted can be distilled down to decreased energy consumption and waste recycling and/or reduction. These have naturally resulted in cost savings, the company said in a release.
In the area of waste recycling and/or reduction, Badger made a number of changes, including the use of a designated recycling dumpster for corrugate, paper trim, and waste that is emptied and recycled six times annually and totals 252 yards of recycled material.
Badger said that its printing area has realized the greatest impact from recycling/reuse. All printer rags are laundered for reuse. Badger’s staff is on track to divert from landfills 3,000 pounds of single-use towels this year alone, and almost 34,000 pounds since the launder/reuse began. The company’s flexo and digital printers use water-based inks to reduce the use of harsh solvents. Profiling that was done last year on a digital press resulted in a 50 percent reduction in ink usage. Chemicals for Badger’s parts washer are also recycled and reused.
To reduce energy consumption, Badger uses only LED lighting. At the original manufacturing plant, incandescent fixtures, as well as T8 and T12 fluorescent fixtures, were replaced with LED lights in 2016. More recently, during construction of Badger’s new plant, LED lights were installed throughout and combined with occupancy sensors in the lunchroom, bathrooms, and offices. A new heating system, complete with programmable thermostats and sensors throughout the production area, replaced an aging, inefficient system at the company’s original location.
“Our ongoing focus on sustainability has resulted in lower energy consumption, waste reduction, and cost savings,” said Badger Tag & Label Vice President Ryan Will, in a statement. “Having these sustainability measures in place prior to the business challenges of Covid-19 has also meant we are remaining competitive, building long-term business viability and ongoing success. We are committed to searching for additional methods of sustainability as we move to the future.”
Badger Tag & Label Corporation produces tags and labels for customers throughout the nation. Based in Random Lake, Wisconsin, the company is a third-generation, family owned, privately held business that began in 1935.
Badger prints flexographic and letterpress on paper and synthetic stocks and delivers the finished pieces in singles, rolls, sheets, ganged, or fan-folded. The company has digital printing capabilities for production of short run and specialty projects and, with a variety of finishing options, prides itself on providing “a custom piece from initial design and development through final delivery.”