We live
sustainably

“Greener Package Awards judges used words such as ‘incredible,’ ‘visionary’ and ‘outstanding’ to describe Vanguard’s sustainability achievements … ”
—Packaging World, Sept. 2010

We live sustainably—from the construction of our 400,000 sq. ft. underground facility down to the daily operations within our facility. Our commitment to sustainability has been lauded by the KC Economic Development Corporation, Packaging World magazine and the Kansas City Business Journal.

In addition to our own sustainability initiatives, Vanguard is committed to using vendors who share its sustainable philosophies. Here are some examples:

Sustainable Machinery

Vanguard frequently requests that our vendors supply us with creative concepts to make our operations more sustainable.

  • At Vanguard’s request, GF Puhl created a new corrugated scrap system that operates on a series of switches. Instead of each machine having a dedicated blower, two machines share a single blower. The end result is a trim system that draws 40% less electricity than a comparable model and immediately became the new industry standard.

Sustainable Inks

Vanguard uses a pine tree rosin-based ink from BCM Inks. Pine tree rosin is a byproduct of the paper-making process and is collected at the mill.

  • By removing petroleum from the ink-making process, BCM Inks offers us a sustainable alternative to traditional inks. By blending ink on-site, we reduce shipments of ink from 3 times a week to twice a month. All leftover ink is blended to create black ink.

Vanguard’s Creative Services team always designs packaging and displays with a focus on sustainability.

  • We strive to remove less sustainable materials such as plastics and metals from a project. Our goal is that each design be 100% recyclable at the end of life. We regularly use 3-D animation in the conceptual stage—drastically reducing the amount of paper consumed in the sampling phase.

Alternative Solid Fuels

Instead of filling landfills, much of Vanguard’s non-recyclable waste is utilized as an Alternative Solid Fuel (ASF), a coal substitute, in the power plant of a local cement producer.

  • Air emissions are subject to the same government regulations as a coal facility. Leftover ash is mixed back into the concrete—our concrete floors contain our old waste! Between traditional recycling and this strategic partnership, Vanguard is effectively recycling or reclaiming over 96% of its waste stream.
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