Published On: Tue, Feb 1st, 2011

Laird Plastics Provides Leadership for the Reuse, Recycling and Repurposing of Plastics to…..

Laird Plastics has been a member of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) for a decade and has been helping to develop the SGIA’s Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) since 2006.


The leadership portrayed by Laird Plastics provided many SGIA members with a needed program to successfully achieve SGP certification.

Laird Plastics has educated the association, manufacturers and consumers on the critical importance of plastics and the environment. This education and implementation of best practices includes a critical examination of how a product is made, where it was made, how safe was the plant in which it was made, what resources were being conserved, what was the transportation element and what is the product’s “end of life” use.

“When we created LPREC (Laird Plastics Recycling Environmental Consulting), we knew we had to reach for the ring,” says Brett Thompson, Laird’s Director of Environmental Affairs. “We asked ourselves, if not us, then who; if not now, then when? Laird realized that leadership in this area had to come from the middle of the supply chain. We can reach manufacturers upstream, while helping consumers downstream. As the largest independent distributor of plastics in North America, we are empowered to teach reuse, recycling and repurposing, and then implement those programs.”

Specifically, Laird Plastics provided guidance and assistance to SGIA’s membership regarding the establishment of in-house recycling programs that diverted large amounts of solid waste from the landfill into the recycling stream. The leadership portrayed by Laird Plastics provided SGIA members with the needed program to successfully achieve certification under the SGP Program.

About Laird Plastics:

Laird Plastics is the largest independent distributor of semi-finished plastic shapes and parts in North America. The company’s multi-national team of over 400 employees services over 25,000 customers across North America in all segments of commercial, industrial and advertising activity. Laird offers a comprehensive network of service centers and inventories with an extensive product range including such major segments as acrylics and polycarbonates, graphics materials (substrates and a variety of higher end materials) and mechanical/engineering materials (UHMW, LDPE, HDPE, nylons, acetals.) For more information, go to


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