PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

GREEN COLLABORATIONS

PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

GREEN COLLABORATIONS

ARCA ETICHETTE & CYCLE4GREEN: A PERFECT CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Despite important technological advances and our continuous drive towards innovation in machines and processes, there are wastes that are currently difficult or impossible to reduce. In the average of our industry waste is estimated to be about 60% of the volume of the initial purchased material (start-ups, printing errors, cutting edges, matrix waste, liner…). The liner (the silicon paper support of the labels) represents more than 60% of the waste produced (38% of the volume of the entire initial roll).

A partnership for the environment

Sensitive to environmental issues, Arca Etichette has signed a partnership with Cycle4green, a Finnish company specialized in recycling release paper (liner). Our production lines have been redesigned to collect and package this waste according to precise instructions from our partner, that will take care of its pick-up and its transport to Lenzing Papier, an Austrian paper mill able to recycle this waste liner.

Concrete results

Every year Cycle4green and Lenzing Papier hand out an environmental certificate to their partners, where they certify the quantity of collected and recycled material and the beneficial impact that this virtuous process has had on the environment. In 2021 Arca Etichette recycled 19,4 tons of liner, equivalent to a reduction of 37 tons in CO2 emissions. A great result that we are going to improve in the current year!

ARCA ETICHETTE & CYCLE4GREEN: A PERFECT CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Despite important technological advances and our continuous drive towards innovation in machines and processes, there are wastes that are currently difficult or impossible to reduce. In the average of our industry waste is estimated to be about 60% of the volume of the initial purchased material (start-ups, printing errors, cutting edges, matrix waste, liner…). The liner (the silicon paper support of the labels) represents more than 60% of the waste produced (38% of the volume of the entire initial roll).

A partnership for the environment

Sensitive to environmental issues, Arca Etichette has signed a partnership with Cycle4green, a Finnish company specialized in recycling release paper (liner). Our production lines have been redesigned to collect and package this waste according to precise instructions from our partner, that will take care of its pick-up and its transport to Lenzing Papier, an Austrian paper mill able to recycle this waste liner.

Concrete results

Every year Cycle4green and Lenzing Papier hand out an environmental certificate to their partners, where they certify the quantity of collected and recycled material and the beneficial impact that this virtuous process has had on the environment. In 2021 Arca Etichette recycled 19,4 tons of liner, equivalent to a reduction of 37 tons in CO2 emissions. A great result that we are going to improve in the current year!

RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH ZERO IMPACT

Have you ever thought about how much energy costs? Energy bill entries, of course, are the first things that come to everyone’s mind, but… how much does it really cost to produce, deliver and use energy? The impact on the environment is a hardly considered factor. What are we willing to give up in order to have the energy we need in our daily lives?

ONE STEP AT A TIME, IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

We at Arca Etichette believe that sustainability is the cornerstone for building our future: it is now unthinkable to live, move and work to the detriment of the environment. Arca has always shared these values and today we confirm it with an important choice: our offices are now powered by clean energy. We have chosen the energy of LifeGate: 100% renewable, Italian and of certified origin. The residual CO2 emissions from energy production and distribution activities are balanced out by our supplier through the Zero Impact project.

With LifeGate, Arca has an active role as an agent of change in the most important environmental challenge of our time: the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH ZERO IMPACT

Have you ever thought about how much energy costs? Energy bill entries, of course, are the first things that come to everyone’s mind, but… how much does it really cost to produce, deliver and use energy? The impact on the environment is a hardly considered factor. What are we willing to give up in order to have the energy we need in our daily lives?

ONE STEP AT A TIME, IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

We at Arca Etichette believe that sustainability is the cornerstone for building our future: it is now unthinkable to live, move and work to the detriment of the environment. Arca has always shared these values and today we confirm it with an important choice: our offices are now powered by clean energy. We have chosen the energy of LifeGate: 100% renewable, Italian and of certified origin. The residual CO2 emissions from energy production and distribution activities are balanced out by our supplier through the Zero Impact project.

With LifeGate, Arca has an active role as an agent of change in the most important environmental challenge of our time: the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

BEE MY FUTURE - A NEW HOPE FOR HONEYBEES AND THE WORLD

Even this year, Arca joined with great enthusiasm a LifeGate’s project called “Bee My Future”.

Concretely, Arca has “adopted” an entire beehive. Our bees are now raised in an urban context within the province of Milan, following the guiding principles of organic farming. Our sponsorship will also provide the beekeeper with all the necessary equipment to operate in complete safety and efficiency, guaranteeing well-being and prosperity to our industrious friends.

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.”
(Albert Einstein)

A light at the end of the tunnel

This phenomenon has shown some alarming numbers. In 2015-2016 alone the U.S.A. witnessed peaks at 45% of bee die-off in their hives. After years of uncertainty, various international associations and commissions seem to have found the responsible for this massacre. According to their findings, some specific pesticides are seriously harmful to the health of bees. In recent times several countries (including the entire European Union) have prohibited the sale and use of these pesticides. This discovery and the corrective actions undertaken are helping the honeybee population to recover, but it’s still a long way to go, as the turnaround in agricultural processes and institutions has just begun.

BEE MY FUTURE - A NEW HOPE FOR HONEYBEES AND THE WORLD

Even this year, Arca joined with great enthusiasm a LifeGate’s project called “Bee My Future”.

Concretely, Arca has “adopted” an entire beehive. Our bees are now raised in an urban context within the province of Milan, following the guiding principles of organic farming. Our sponsorship will also provide the beekeeper with all the necessary equipment to operate in complete safety and efficiency, guaranteeing well-being and prosperity to our industrious friends.

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.”
(Albert Einstein)

A light at the end of the tunnel

This phenomenon has shown some alarming numbers. In 2015-2016 alone the U.S.A. witnessed peaks at 45% of bee die-off in their hives. After years of uncertainty, various international associations and commissions seem to have found the responsible for this massacre. According to their findings, some specific pesticides are seriously harmful to the health of bees. In recent times several countries (including the entire European Union) have prohibited the sale and use of these pesticides. This discovery and the corrective actions undertaken are helping the honeybee population to recover, but it’s still a long way to go, as the turnaround in agricultural processes and institutions has just begun.

ZEROCO2 AND ARCA ETICHETTE FOR MARINE REFORESTATION

Arca Etichette continues with its commitment to the environment, this time taking care of the seas.

Oceans are important CO2 storage sites. Each year they absorb about 30% of the carbon dioxide we produce, making an essential contribution to limiting global warming.

Even the sea has its forests inhabited by special types of plants and we, at Arca, have contributed to planting Posidonia in Sardinia together with ZeroCo2.

Posidonia oceanica is the most important marine plant for the coastal ecological balance of the Mediterranean Sea; it is considered among the most important marine ecosystems, both in terms of ecology and biodiversity, hosting about 20-25% of all species living in the Mediterranean Sea.

Its leaves are essential for the process of chlorophyll photosynthesis, through which Posidonia, also known as “the lung of the Mediterranean”, produces oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide.

It is also important in coastal dynamics, as it counteracts gradual silting up, stabilizes sediments, protects the coastline from erosion by consolidating the seabed and attenuates storm surges and waves through the oscillatory movement of its leaves.

To summarize, among the main ecosystem services that Posidonia offers:

  • Biodiversity Center
  • Carbon storage (Blue carbon)
  • It produces biomass

ZEROCO2 AND ARCA ETICHETTE FOR MARINE REFORESTATION

Arca Etichette continues with its commitment to the environment, this time taking care of the seas.

Oceans are important CO2 storage sites. Each year they absorb about 30% of the carbon dioxide we produce, making an essential contribution to limiting global warming.

Even the sea has its forests inhabited by special types of plants and we, at Arca, have contributed to planting Posidonia in Sardinia together with ZeroCo2.

Posidonia oceanica is the most important marine plant for the coastal ecological balance of the Mediterranean Sea; it is considered among the most important marine ecosystems, both in terms of ecology and biodiversity, hosting about 20-25% of all species living in the Mediterranean Sea.

Its leaves are essential for the process of chlorophyll photosynthesis, through which Posidonia, also known as “the lung of the Mediterranean”, produces oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide.

It is also important in coastal dynamics, as it counteracts gradual silting up, stabilizes sediments, protects the coastline from erosion by consolidating the seabed and attenuates storm surges and waves through the oscillatory movement of its leaves.

To summarize, among the main ecosystem services that Posidonia offers:

  • Biodiversity Center
  • Carbon storage (Blue carbon)
  • It produces biomass

IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AND SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT BY EXCLUDING THE OCEAN

Today, Posidonia colonies are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth.

Available estimates indicate that between 13% and 50% of the areal extension has been lost and that the remaining grasslands have drastically decreased the density of shoots.

This loss is mainly due to anthropological environmental disturbances: trawling, indiscriminate anchoring on seagrass, over-exploitation of the seabed, physical changes, pollution, introduction of non-native species and climate change.

Given the criticality that affects us ever more closely, Arca Etichette has therefore married the ZeroCo2 initiative in partnership with Worldrise which has launched a first regeneration project of the Posidonia meadows in Golfo Aranci, Sardinia.

OUR GREEN HEART FOREST

Arca Etichette recognizes the Environment as an essential function for the peaceful and livable permanence of humanity on the Planet.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day 2021, Arca Etichette has decided to continue its journey towards a more sustainable business, creating a real forest.

There are still many goals to be achieved, but today, as a Benefit Corporation and soon as a B Corp™, we decide to plant 114 trees, one for each year of life of the group’s companies, with the aim of enlarging our “GREEN HEART” forest thanks to new successes to celebrate with you.

OUR GREEN HEART FOREST

Arca Etichette recognizes the Environment as an essential function for the peaceful and livable permanence of humanity on the Planet.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day 2021, Arca Etichette has decided to continue its journey towards a more sustainable business, creating a real forest.

There are still many goals to be achieved, but today, as a Benefit Corporation and soon as a B Corp™, we decide to plant 114 trees, one for each year of life of the group’s companies, with the aim of enlarging our “GREEN HEART” forest thanks to new successes to celebrate with you.