We at Arca are aware that a professional, responsible and modern company plays an important role not only for its customers, employees and collaborators, but also for the socio-economic fabric and the territory in which it carries out its daily operations.
Our commitment to sustainability arises from the love for our birthplaces where every one of us leads their professional and private lives.
For these reasons we support with enthusiasm some initiatives for the protection and the development of our territory and invest in internal projects aimed at a constant reduction of the environmental impact of our production activities, as well as in mindful choices in the selection of materials and suppliers.

Operating in a sustainable way is for Arca Etichette a necessity felt by all company levels and actualized through tangible initiatives.


A NEW HOPE FOR HONEYBEES AND THE WORLD

THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD
In recent years honeybee and other insect pollinator populations have fallen. A very serious problem for us, as over 80% of the crops that feed the human population depends on the free labour of honeybees. A further decrease in their number will soon make us change some consolidated eating habits: berries, peaches, chestnuts, apples, almonds, zucchini, tomatoes and – of course – honey could soon become just a memory to us. The future of honeybees is intertwined with ours.

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
Last year Arca joined with great enthusiasm a LifeGate’s project called “Bee My Future”. This project aims to support the maintenance of 14 apiaries thanks to a beekeeper hobbyist who boasts ten years’ experience
and a profound knowledge of the world of honeybees. 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.

ARCA & CYCLE4GREEN: A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

A MOUNTAIN OF WASTE
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. At the beginning of January Arca Etichette received its first certificate: in our first year of partnership, we recycled 22 tons of liner, equivalent to a saving of 44 tons in CO2 emissions. A great result that we are going to improve in the current year!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR C4G RECYCLING CERTIFICATE

A RESTYLING FOR ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

SEEING CLEARLY, SUSTAINABLY
Arca Etichette has recently committed to replace all the lamps and light bulbs inside its buildings. This change has interested all the 9.000 sqm covered by our headquarter, offices and factories. The initial investment of about € 40.000 for the printing departments alone has made it possible to modernize our lighting system, moving from traditional UV lamps to a 100% LED system. The lifespan of these new lamps is at least 7 years and will allow a high reduction in replacement and disposal, typical of neon lamps.

A NEW COAT FOR ARCA
In addition to proper lighting, environmental comfort also depends on the indoor temperature of the buildings and on the thermal excursions that is perceived. Arca Etichette has decided to install a glass wool coat in the historic building of our headquarters in order to reduce the impact that outdoor temperatures can have on indoor environments and thus reduce the consequent energy consumption for heating and air conditioning. The redevelopment project today gives us a building that is only apparently identical to that seen in 2017, but with greater efficiency and energy class.

ARCA CHOOSES RENEWABLE ENERGY

A COST BEYOND THE ENERGY BILL
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.

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