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Green by Nature™ Diamond Packaging Sustainability Report 2015

Contents Corporate Profile Environmental Responsibility Diamond’s greenbox initiative Recognition

A Greener Future Contact Information

corporate profile diamond packaging

Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures paperboard and plastic folding cartons, counter-top displays, blister cards and sample packaging, and provides contract packaging services.

Diamond differentiates itself through award-winning creative designs, packaging innovation/technical expertise, Diamond’s greenbox sustainability initiative, and its Global Packaging Alliance® (GPA).

Sales (2014): USD $50.3 million Material Consumption: 9400 tons Employees: 220 Major Customers: Bausch & Lomb, Beiersdorf, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Godiva, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble

Personal Care 55%

Other 17%

60 50

Millions (USD)

Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENCcertified, global industry leader specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions.

Health Care 23%

Pharmaceutical 5%

40 30 20 10 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Sales Growth

Market Segments

our promise environmental responsibility Diamond Packaging is committed to working toward a cleaner environment. We developed the Diamond greenbox initiative to research, design, and implement packaging solutions that are innovative and sustainable. The initiative balances business with environmental considerations by promoting sustainability in all aspects of package production. The core of Diamond’s greenbox initiative – designs, materials, and methods – represents a comprehensive approach to packaging that minimizes environmental impact throughout the supply chain.

Sustainability optimizes the value of packaging through every phase of its life cycle, from design to end of use. Through creative design, careful material selection, and best practices at the plant level, Diamond is able to minimize waste, reduce shipping costs and increase efficiencies – all of which support a sustainable use of resources and cultivate a positive emotional connection to the brand. The Diamond greenbox initiative is one more way we plan to surpass our customers’ expectations today, tomorrow, and into a greener future.

greenbox diamond’s greenbox initiative Diamond’s practices are green by nature™. We design and manufacture packaging with sustainability in mind. The three components of Diamond’s greenbox initiative are: Designs Materials Methods

designs design methods Our designers create packaging that is both innovative and sustainable, while considering factors such as product protection, usability, billboard space, and first moment of truth (FMOT). Methods include: Weight reduction Material reduction Elimination or replacement of components

green chic green chic™ Diamond’s Green Chic™ packaging is a significant advance in the field of sustainable packaging design. Green Chic™ cartons deliver "Beauty without Compromise" by capturing the essence of luxury brands through more sustainable converting methods. Green Chic™ incorporates multiple technologies, all applied inline: TruCOLOR™ expanded color gamut (ECG) printing Specialty coatings (e.g., Emboss, Glitter, Pearl, Soft Touch, Texture) Liquid Metal™ or MiraFoil® metallic UV coatings Cast and Cure holographic effects


materials materials and suppliers Diamond carefully evaluates all materials and suppliers in an effort to make the best recommendation for your product. Our suppliers include Clearwater Paper, which has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and is recognized by The Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit international conservation organization, for integrating environmental and social sustainability into their work.

material options Monadnock Envi PC 80

•80% PCW •FSC certified (mixed sources)

Mohawk Loop

•80% PCW •FSC certified (mixed sources)

Strathcona Strathcote

Rock-Tenn AngelCote®

Clearwater Paper Candesce®

KapStone Kraftpak® Pentaclear® Rigid TerraPET™ (APET) Pentaclear® SmartCycle™ Rigid (APET) Crawford Industries (PP)

•100% recycled •65% PCW •FSC certified / Environmental Choice certified (Canada) •100% recycled •35% PCW •SFI certified •100% SBS •FSC certified •100% unbleached kraft •High-yield, low density paperboard •FSC certified • Made in part from sugar cane • Replaces fossil fuel based material with up to 30% plantbased material

•25% PCR •Manufactured with recycled bottles •Thinner and lighter than equivalent paperboard •Single substrate packaging alternative to paperboard •Recyclable (varies depending on municipality)

Paperboard and Plastic (environmental attributes) =% PCW

fsc-certified chain-of-custody certification Diamond has obtained Forest Stewardship Council速 (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance. This certification reflects a growing trend in the paper and printing industry of companies making more environmentally and socially responsible supply chain decisions.

methods methods From concept to completion, our approach to package design addresses sustainability throughout the supply chain. This includes incorporating best practices at the plant level, such as: Waste recycling Energy efficiency Process improvements

recycling recycling Manufacturing Waste Over 98% of all waste is recycled o All paperboard is recycled o All plastics are recycled o All metals (e.g., plates, copper brass stamping dies, steel rule) are recycled o All wood pallets are recycled and/or sent for reconfiguration and reuse o All spent bulbs are recycled All remaining waste is recovered, eliminating the need for landfill disposal o Non-hazardous regulated waste is sent to Covanta Energy for EfW (Energy-from-Waste) o All regulated hazardous waste is sent for fuels blending Office Waste All office paper is recycled All printer toner cartridges are recycled All e-waste is recycled

zero landfill zero manufacturing waste to landfill Diamond has achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill status, an important milestone towards meeting its future goal of zero waste to landfill. The recovery and recycling program is a natural evolution of the company’s greenbox sustainability initiative and one which will provide long-term environmental and economic benefits.

energy efficiency energy efficiency Sophisticated HVAC controls Energy efficient lighting (e.g. electronic ballasts, T5 bulbs, motion sensors, etc.) Insulated roof Alternative methods for reducing and eliminating electrical energy usage when handling waste Heat generated by bailing system is captured and used to heat the building in the winter Energy efficient IT components selection

process improvements TruCOLOR™ expanded color gamut (ECG) printing In-line specialty UV coatings Liquid Metal™, MiraFoil® metallic UV coatings Cast and Cure holographic effects Criteria applied in evaluating supplier operations performance Process for certifying substrates Evaluating emerging developments in inks, specialty coatings, and adhesives

FSC certification (Certification # SW-COC-004052)

Environmental Management System (EMS)

WebEx video conferencing

Commitment to 100% renewable wind energy

wind energy wind energy Diamond Packaging is pleased to announce our commitment to purchase 100% clean, renewable wind energy from Community Energy. Covers the total electricity energy requirement for both facilities (box plant, DCP) Consistent with our organization’s core mission and values to be a responsible steward in the communities we serve

wind energy wind energy benefits Diamond purchases approximately 8,212,000 kilowatt hours (kWhs) of renewable energy credits annually. The environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately 5,794 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the impact of which is equivalent to: The carbon sequestered by 4,749 acres of trees Removing 1,207 passenger vehicles from the road

energy usage energy usage Diamond’s ‘Green Team’ meets on a regular basis to assess progress and determine short term goals, including achieving greater manufacturing efficiencies (and the resultant decreased energy demands), and long term goals, including more comprehensive tracking of Scope 3 emissions with the aim of decreasing or offsetting them. We have set an absolute target of a 2% reduction in electricity consumption per year for the next 10 years (20% total reduction), based on a 2011 baseline. We have also set an intensity target of a 1% reduction in Scope 1 + Scope 2 emissions (per unit of production) per year for the next 10 years (10% total reduction). This will be achieved through more efficient production processes and energy-saving methods.

Gas Usage –

Electricity Usage –

Metric Tons

Metric Tons


94,327 therms (9,950 GJ)

8,199,461 kW (29,518 GJ)

2,547 (508+2039)



101,687 therms (10,728 GJ)

8,044,561 kW (28,960 GJ)

2,548 (548+2000)



88,613 therms (9,349 GJ)

8,212,257 kW (29,564 GJ)

2,519 (477+2042)



114,159 therms (12,044 GJ)

8,615,518 kW (31,015 GJ)

2,758 (615+2143)



therms (GJ)

kW (GJ)

CO2e (Scope 1+2 emissions)

CO2e (per unit of production)

water usage water usage Reducing water consumption conserves our natural resources and helps lessen our environmental impact by saving the energy and the resources required to pump, circulate, and treat the water we use. Diamond continues to seek ways to reduce water consumption in both plants through methods that can have the most sustainable and economical impact. We have set an absolute target of reducing water usage by 2% per year for the next 10 years (20% total reduction), based on a 2011 baseline. We have also set an intensity target (cubic meters per unit of production) of reducing water usage by 3% per year for the next 10 years (30% total reduction). These will be achieved through more efficient production processes and water conservation methods.

Water Usage

Water Usage

Material Converted

Material Intensity

(metric tons)

(per unit of production)























(cubic meters)

cdp leadership index cdp supplier leadership index 2014 Diamond has been awarded with a position on the CDP Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 for its actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change. Index produced by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies, at the request of 66 multinational purchasers with a procurement spend of US$1.3 trillion 3,396 companies independently assessed against CDP’s respected scoring methodology and ranked accordingly Diamond is one of only 121 that has been awarded an A grade for its climate performance

recognition supplier awards P&G Excellence Award (2010-14) P&G External Business Partner of the Year (2013) P&G Supplier of the Year (2008) P&G Excellence Award (2008) Bausch & Lomb Women-Owned Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year Award (2007) 3M Supplier of the Year (2007)

packaging awards (partial list) Elizabeth Arden – John Varvatos Artisan Acqua o PPC Eco Gold Award (2014) o packagePRINTING First Place – Sustainability (2014)

Zotos Professional – Zotos 180PRO Discovery Kits o PPC Eco Gold Award (2014)

Elizabeth Arden – Limited Edition Sunflowers o PPC Folding Carton of the Year (2013)

Diamond Packaging – 2013 Calendar o packagePRINTING Best of Show (2013)

environmental awards EcoVadis Silver Recognition Level 2015 CDP Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 EPA Top 10 Printers List (2009-11) Environmental Leadership Award (sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and Bank of America)

Diamond Packaging – Green Chic™ Packaging o PPC Eco Excellence Award (2012) Procter & Gamble – Gillette Fusion ProGlide o PPC Gold Award / PPC Eco Excellence Award (2011)

Diamond Packaging – 2011 Calendar o PIA Benny Award / PPC Eco Excellence Award (2011)

Zotos – Hair Color o PPC Eco Excellence Award (2010)

L’Oreal / Matrix – Biolage thérapies o Premier Print Award (2008)

associations partners Community Energy (CEI) EPA Green Power Partner (Leadership Club) Rainforest Alliance Cascades Recovery Covanta Energy

affiliations Global Packaging Alliance® (GPA) Independent Carton Group (ICG) Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Monroe County Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) Rochester Business Alliance (RBA) Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)

a greener future a greener future Diamond measures its progress on environmental issues through the use of key measures on our corporate Strategic Metrics scorecard: Total Waste Recycled Total Regulated Waste Recovery and Recycling Our ‘Green Team’ also meets on a regular basis to assess progress and determine future goals, including the greater use of recycled and FSCcertified materials, and achieving “zero landfill” status in 2015. We see this as benefiting our customers, our company, consumers, and of course, the environment. The Diamond greenbox initiative is one more way we plan to surpass our customers’ expectations today, tomorrow, and into a greener future. For more information visit www.diamondpackaging.com/green.

contact us contacts


Karla Fichter CEO, Owner 585-334-8030 kfichter@diamondpkg.com

Email: Website:

Dennis Bacchetta Director of Marketing 585-334-8030 x229 dbacchetta@diamondpkg.com

Eric Longnecker Senior Buyer 585-334-8030 x263 elongnecker@diamondpkg.com

sales@diamondpackaging.com www.diamondpackaging.com www.diamondpackaging.com/green www.global-packaging-alliance.com

Profile for Diamond Packaging

Diamond Packaging Sustainability Report 2015  

An overview of Diamond's greenbox sustainability initiative.

Diamond Packaging Sustainability Report 2015  

An overview of Diamond's greenbox sustainability initiative.