From Substrates
to Processes

Our product design development and sourcing efforts are based upon established sustainable product design criteria:

Require that, to the extent practical, our suppliers provide raw materials that meets criteria for performance and cost

Optimize the use of alternative & renewable energy in sourcing, manufacture, transportation, and recycling of labels

Maximizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials

Is manufactured using clean production technologies and best environmental practices

Longer term raw materials should conform to being healthy in all probable end of life scenarios

Is physically designed to optimize materials and energy

Sustainability Options

Fort Dearborn offers a variety of sustainable options (from substrates to processes) for each of our label formats and print technologies we provide including, but not limited to:


Recycled Paper:
contains 75% total recovered fiber including 25% post-consumer waste


EarthFirst® PLA Film:
renewable resource-based substrate


Substrate Downgauging:
net material weight reduction


UV Ink Systems:
ink systems that are 100% solids and virtually free of VOCs

Customer Analytics

Our customer analytics team works with customers to develop programs to maximize supply chain efficiencies.

Our eCommerce suite of services can help streamline label procurement and inventory management. Customers benefit from efficiency gains, lower inventory volumes, and reduced obsolescence.

Online access to information eliminates traditional paper workflows and provides real-time access to information and reporting such as items, shipments, and inventory.



Technical Services

Our technical services associates bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from business development to application support.

They often serve as consultants to customers, working with them to provide solutions across multiple label formats and technologies to best match their requirements.

We realize that sustainability needs and requirements are unique to customers and welcome the opportunity to work with customers to help them reach their goals.

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Sustainability Label Options Kit: Request Your Copy