Sustainability RESULTS!

Sustainability RESULTS!

We are very proud of the good work we do to be an eco-friendly company.  Our people care about the earth we share and they are proud to be a part of a company that considers the environment.  Not all projects we start end up with dramatic results, but our eco-efforts certainly do.  Over time, as we have measured and worked, the gains have piled up in all areas.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Results – The Numbers Don’t Lie!

Once we were committed to the green business, we knew we needed to measure our results.  Each month we measure these four eco-measures.  These are indexed to our production – resources consumed per unit of production.  Over the past five years, our business has grown considerably, so our absolute consumption has increased, but on a per unit of production basis, we have made fantastic gains.  Check out these graphs!

Electricity – Down 3% since 2013

Water – Down 47% since 2013

Garbage – Down 7% since 2013

Natural Gas – Down 43% since 2013

Thank You!  We appreciate all your support

We do this all for you, our amazing customers.  Thank you for pushing us to do better every single day. We aren’t done yet – we will continue to work hard to make our company more and more eco friendly into the future.  Are you on the same journey?  Anything we can do to help?  Please call us today, we would love to share more about our programs and the results we have achieved.

Prop 65 – Do you need a label update?

Prop 65 – Do you need a label update?

Keeping Consumers Safe with a Prop 65 Label

There is a huge new burden on manufacturers that sell products to consumers in California – and it may require a label update:

All manufacturers, producers, packagers, importers, suppliers, and distributors, regardless of whether they are located in California or out of state, must provide a warning if their products cause exposures to any listed chemical to individuals in California.

If you are selling anything with ingredients on the prohibited list, you may need to update the language on your labels. The NFIB has an excellent summary of the newly updated law on their website.   According to NFIB,

More specifically, a warning label is required if the chemical included has either a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer over a 70 year period, or unless it may be said that exposure to 1000 times the amount of the chemical within the product has no observable effect on reproductive health

The update effective in August 2018 is actually just a more strict interpretation of the law passed in 1986 – Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act This law requires disclosures if any of 900 listed chemicals are present in your product.  Read the full NFIB article by clicking here.

California even has a specific website dedicated to the new law.  Check more on that site by clicking www.p65warnings.ca.gov

We are All About Full Disclosure

This law seems onerous, but it is no more so than the mandate 20+ years ago to provide nutrition facts on all food packaging.  Now, this consumer information seems standard, but at one time, it was a big change for all food producers.  This will be the same.  Besides marketing and branding, your labels need to give consumers clear and complete information.

Easy Redesign

We aren’t a graphic design company, but we can help with basic layout changes.  Editing your label to be compliant and still be attractive – we can do that.  We are experts at fitting lots of information onto a small label.  The cost for this redesign is very affordable in most cases.  And, if you need a full rebranding, we can refer you to some excellent design agencies.  Adding a separate Prop 65 label to your packaging is another option – we can help with that too.

Other Label Questions?  We can help

As always, we are here to help with any and all label questions.  We can help with technical, aesthetic and financial questions related to your label project.  Please call us today.  We would be happy to help.

This article is intended to provide Oregon and Washington businesses with general information and is not intended to serve as legal advice regarding any specific matter; information should not be acted upon without legal advice.