While consumers across the world are becoming far more ‘green’ conscious and actively seeking out brands that appear to be making a proactive effort to reduce their carbon footprint, retailers are also exploring sustainable initiatives across all facets of their business.
According to Nick Trudgett, General Manager of Checkpoint’s sales and operations, “a lot of the progress taking place to reduce the carbon footprint of retailers is happening around the apparel labelling side of the industry.”
“The apparel sector is one of the largest users of packaging and other trims – including woven labels, paper swing tickets and printed labels. We are now working with several major Australian retailers to significantly reduce environmental impacts by supplying them sustainable garment trims and packaging,” Nick added.
By using recycled instead of virgin polyester for the weft yarns used in woven labels, the recycled content of one retailer’s woven labels will achieve a recycled content of up to 70 percent and the environmental impacts are significantly reduced: 100,000 less litres of water is used, 8,800kg less carbon dioxide is emitted and 475,000 megajoules less energy is required to produce the labels.
In keeping with the movement towards greater sustainability, Checkpoint’s Apparel Labeling Division worked with key tape suppliers to develop a series of 100 percent recycled tapes in various textures for printed labels and, additionally, textured Forest Stewardship Council certified papers were developed for saddle cards, swing tags and waistband talkers.
Excess scrap is another common issue in the printing of apparel swing tickets, where ticket sizes are not always set up to reduce waste. Checkpoint worked with these retailers to maximise paper usage efficiency, reducing scrap paper rates on average 5 percent.
Checkpoint is also leading the way in investing to maximise resource efficiency within their own production facilities. In 2018, Checkpoint invested approximately USD 35 million in new equipment and product line re-engineering to drive a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption due to increased efficiencies in the supply chain.
“As the world’s leading provider of end-to-end solutions in labelling and inventory management, we are heavily focused across all areas of the business on developing solutions and technology for retailers that are made from environmentally friendly products, are recyclable and assist them to reduce their carbon footprint,” Nick said.
“While plastic bags seem to get all the publicity, there is a lot of work and re-engineering going into recycling and carbon footprint reduction in the apparel labelling and anti-theft side of retailing with remarkable results.
“Recycling of security tags is now one of the biggest areas of carbon emission reduction in retailing. As part of our social responsibility focus, we have put in place arrangements across the globe to ensure as many of our tags are recycled and moved back into the market where ever possible. To date, we have recycled over one billion hard tags.
“We develop all of our labelling and inventory management technology with the planet in mind and encourage our retail clients to recycle where ever possible.”
Checkpoint Systems, a subsidiary of CCL Industries, is Australia’s leading expert in the manufacture and supply of retail loss prevention and merchandise management solutions. It provides tagging solutions, a stock management application that provides real time visibility on merchandise and shopper numbers and a software solution that can detect foil lined clothing or bags used by organised retail crime (professional shoplifters). It works with most of Australia’s leading retailers and offers solutions for single stores through to networks of hundreds of outlets. Checkpoint Systems celebrates 50 years of operation this year in Australia.
CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers, employs approximately 19,000 people and operates 150 facilities in 25 countries on six continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.cclind.com.