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Tulsack Handle Bag Sustainability Information

Sustainability Principles • Practices • Materials from Good Start Packaging's Manufacturing Partner, Tulsack

Operational commitment to sound environmental principles 

TULSACK has run its business in an environmentally sound manner at least as long as the words Sustainability and Green have been associated with the principled commitment to do so.
Consuming the least raw materials possible, minimizing outputs into the air, water and solid waste streams, and a “do no harm” pledge to the communities in which we do business have been part of the TULSACK model before being demanded by contemporary values and standards.
This posture makes good business sense and reflects laws and safety regulations that all converters must follow. TULSACK is firmly committed to responsible corporate citizenship.

In 2008 TULSACK sought and earned FSC® The Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody (C.O.C.) certification. What does it mean to be an FSC® Supplier?
TULSACK has been audited - and is subject to future audits - by an FSC®-Accredited Certifier.
We were found to have systems and process controls required to source FSC certified raw materials and provide converted FSC® certified products to TULSACK customers.
The right to use this logo carries with it the responsibility to maintain the highest operating and administrative standards, from supplier selection through invoicing of finished products.
FSC® materials and suppliers are your assurance of responsible production and consumption of forest products.  
Click here to see recycled content for handle bag papers.
Visit http://www.fscus.org/ for more information about The Forest Stewardship Council.

 In-line flexo custom printing and bag making is the best practice at the core of TULSACK’s business model. Unlike converters that preprint a roll of paper in one operation, and then unwind and convert the printed paper in a separate operation, TULSACK prints and converts in one fully automatic process. Reduced energy consumption and the lower waste of a unified operation result in packaging with a measurably smaller carbon footprint. 
Unused inks are reblended into darker “work off” colors, or reprocessed with modern technology separating and recovering water from pigment. This reduces water use and solid waste.
Every pound of waste paper - bag paper, boxes, handle material, bundle wrap and shredded office waste paper - is collected and sold into the recovered fiber market.

Packaging is designed to support the most efficient and maximum utilization of truck cubic capacity possible, resulting in the fewest possible truck movements needed to deliver TULSACK products.
Despite 25% higher costs, we are in the midst of converting from LP (propane) powered lift trucks to electric to improve factory air quality and preserve employee health.
Our catalogs and price lists are produced on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified paper by an FSC® certified printer.
Tulsa’s central U.S. location supports a best practice on the part of our Customers - having as many bags as possible produced by TULSACK. Proximity to so many major markets and population centers throughout the U.S. results in shorter transit time, energy consumption and cost for TULSACK bags to reach Distributor and direct shipment destinations.

TULSACK has used environmentally friendly water based inks exclusively for over two decades. This is why we no longer offer metallic ink. Metallic ink has a short shelf life, can not be reblended into “work off” colors and inevitably contributes to non-recoverable waste that must be carefully disposed of according to appropriate regulations.
Water is the safe, stable and recoverable ingredient that replaces Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.s) in flexographic printing inks. Soy inks are not appropriate for in-line flexographic bag printing. Soy ink use is almost exclusively limited to offset lithographic printing.
Discontinuing claycoated paper in 2011 reinforces our water based ink platform. Drying inks on claycoated paper is challenging in any handle bag printing operation. Materials added to inks to improve drying on claycoat can mitigate the values of an otherwise ultra-low V.O.C. solvent ink system.

TULSAKRAFT™ VERSA is a Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) paper with a white printing surface. PCF is occasionally referred to as Secondarily Chlorine Free (SCF) paper, and is made from recycled fiber that has not been rebleached with any chlorine based bleach. PCF papers are not bleached with chlorine gas, chlorine dioxide or any other dioxin producing bleaching agent that contains a chlorine compound during their production. http://www.gpp.org/clfree.html