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251 - What is the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership? Michael Dillon from Meyers

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About the Guest(s):

Michael Dillon serves as the Chief Revenue Officer at Meyers, a third-generation family printing business known for its commitment to sustainability. With a professional background straddling sustainability and technology, Michael brings unique insight into the intersection of these fields within the packaging and printing industries. His expertise extends to his role on the board of directors for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) and as a columnist for Ink's publication, where he shares his knowledge on environmental sustainability and packaging best practices.

Episode Summary:

In this insightful episode of the People of Packaging podcast, host Adam Peek engages with sustainability advocate and printing industry leader Michael Dillon to discuss the benefits and importance of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). The conversation also delves into Michael's personal journey towards sustainability and the impact of sustainable practices on the business landscape.

Setting the stage for a detailed discussion, Michael outlines how SGP enables companies like Meyers to centralize sustainability data, ensuring up-to-date and actionable information that drives both business and environmental goals. The episode illuminates the rigorous process and benefits of attaining SGP certification, highlighting the operational efficiencies and accountability it brings to printing companies.

Key Takeaways:

  • SGP ensures printing companies like Myers engage in sustainable practices by offering a demanding audit process.

  • Certified companies gain operational efficiencies and can avoid unintentional greenwashing through granular data insights.

  • SGP membership allows retailers and CPG companies to discover and collaborate with responsibly audited printers.

  • Michael shares a personal anecdote linking his interest in motorsports and technology to a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

  • SGP serves as a nexus between narrower focus groups like FSC, SFI, and broader ones like ISO standards.

Notable Quotes:

  • "Sustainable packaging is a really big deal for the world."

  • "Even a well-intentioned company is capable of accidentally greenwashing."

  • "SGP members tend to reduce a variety of types of waste, certainly including hazardous waste, also including air pollutants."

  • "Having access to this data and working on the best practices that SGP promotes… there's real hard cost savings."


Listen to the full conversation with Michael Dillon to gain a deeper understanding of the vital role that SGP plays in the pursuit of sustainability within the printing industry. Stay tuned for more episodes that shed light on the people driving innovation and responsibility in packaging today.

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