Nova Scotia’s Farnell Packaging is latest facility to achieve SGP Certification

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has announced that Farnell Packaging Limited of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has achieved SGP Certification. Established in 1961, Farnell Packaging is a family-owned and operated business providing high-quality, innovative flexible packaging solutions. It manufactures and distributes leading-edge flexible packaging materials and provides guidance with related equipment solutions. Nearly two-thirds of its packaging is used in the food industry, with the balance used in markets for tissue, personal care, horticulture, and other industrial applications.

Bill Morash.
Bill Morash.

“The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership belief that sustainability is a means of continuous improvement for every aspect of your business, is very much in line with Farnell Packaging’s sustainability and continuous improvement practices – from process, to people, to profitability,” said Farnell CEO Bill Morash. “Part of our culture is understanding our impact on the world. Finding ways to improve our facility’s energy efficiency through our SGP Certification was aligned with our culture of continuous improvement and our entrepreneurial spirit, which keeps us asking, ‘What’s next?’ Recognizing the opportunity to seek SGP Certification resulted in the creation of a cross-functional energy team, the opportunity to develop leaders and participate in project work that has resulted in growing revenue, while reducing the annual electrical consumption by more than 15,600 kWh.”

Farnell Packaging ‘s sustainability objective has always been to integrate environmental initiatives with economic prosperity. This is rooted in its founders’ commitment to maintaining the integrity of the company by being responsible to employees, customers and the world in which Farnell Packaging lives. The company added that sustainability in business is more than just a set of operational principles. It’s a mindset and a corporate culture that’s permeated every aspect of Farnell’s business strategy – focusing on a people-centered safety culture, its community and facility, as well as the processes, materials, energy management, transportation, and reducing, reusing, and recycling opportunities. “With the SGP Certification process, our accomplishments include an Energy Profile, an Energy Assessment, an Energy Team, an updated Energy Policy, a Performance Tracking model an Energy Savings Opportunity Register, and to top it off, a Bright Business Engagement Award for our staff, who’ve always been at the heart or our company’s environmental successes,” Morash added. “We’re confident that our infrastructure changes are creating a more sustainable continuous improvement culture that will continue to create value, savings, and other energy efficiencies for years to come.”

Founded in 1961 by Don and Amy Farnell, Farnell Packaging Limited is a family-owned and family-operated flexible packaging manufacturer servicing the North American market. Employing over 185 people at its Dartmouth, Nova Scotia facility, its staff continues to produce quality solutions guided by its founder’s values and today’s evolving marketplace. The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable and sustainable supply chain. SGP works with patrons such as 3M, International Paper, EFI, ECOR, FLEXcon, North American Plastics, Piedmont Plastics, Mapal Plastics and numerous other leading brands.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.