Sustainable Products

Our sustainable and eco-friendly product portfolio
Chicago Tag and Label FSC® Certification
Chicago Tag and Label FSC® Certification

Our sustainable and eco-friendly product portfolio

Sustainable packaging is the responsibility of every member of the supply chain including manufacturers, distributors or wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. What was once thought to be a trend, has become a global commitment to reduce our environmental footprints and conserve resources. More than ever, brands are rising to meet the demands of the informed consumer, as well as their commitments to the environment. At Chicago Tag & Label, we share the same commitment. Our team will work with you to determine the best label materials to help you achieve your sustainability goals.

Labels made with responsibly sourced materials

As part of our commitment to social and environmental responsibility, we are proud to be FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. With this certification, we can make products from paper that has flowed through the FSC® “Chain-of-Custody” from an FSC-certified forest to an FSC® certified paper manufacturer, to an FSC® certified printer, such as Chicago Tag & Label.

Why are we FSC® Certified?

Being certified allows us to identify products that provide an assurance of social and environmental responsibility. FSC® Certification means that Chicago Tag & Label supports the highest social and environmental standards when producing our products. Certification also allows professionals and end users to know they are doing the right thing and taking business away from other companies that may still be supporting illegal, unsustainable, unverified logging activities. The FSC® system is working to shift the paper market to eliminate habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous people, and violence against people and wildlife that often accompanies logging.

What does it take to become FSC® Certified?

Chicago Tag & Label must pass and implement specific certification procedures according to FSC® Code of Conduct. CTL is also audited and assessed by an FSC® accredited certifier yearly. The audit includes an inspection of our facilities, paperwork review, and employee interviews to ensure that we are complying with all FSC® Certification processes and that we can produce and track certified products throughout our inventory, production, and distribution processes.

What does this mean for you?

Your purchase of FSC® certified paper products contributes to conservation, responsible management, and community-level benefits for people near the forests that provide your paper. By requesting FSC® certified paper, you will be able to use Chicago Tag & Label’s FSC® Certification Logo on your finished products. This will tell your final users that you are being environmentally responsible with the paper products that you use.

Recycle Friendly Labels

Enhance the recyclability of your products by using labels constructed from materials such as Polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Recycle-friendly label material options, like PET, have been created to ensure the label does not interfere with the recycling of the packaging materials and plays a key role in ensuring that the quality of recycled materials is maintained.

Labels with post-consumer recycled (PCR) material content

Post-consumer recycled content often referred to as PCR, is material that is made from the items that consumers recycle every day. Support your sustainability goals by utilizing PCR label materials, made with recycled paper, plastic, cotton, and other materials. We can further help increase the eco-friendly nature of your labels by also utilizing soy-based and water-soluble inks.

Our Commitment to our employees, our communities, and the supply chain

To Our Employees

We strive to embody a workplace that encompasses equality and creates a culture that allows all employees to have an opportunity to succeed. Creating an environment that reflects the diverse communities around us is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the foundation on which we can better connect with our customers and become a more successful company. During 2022, our staff represented 84% of the EEOC ethnicity categories.

To Our Communities

We strive to provide assistance and hope for individuals and families in our communities where needed. This includes providing diverse education scholarships, donating food and clothing to families in need, as well as making sure the elderly of every race and religion are cared for. We are proud to support such worthy organizations as St. Ignatius College Prep, Little Sisters of the Poor, and Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Center.

To Our Supply Chain

We strive to extend the same workplace values we embrace to our suppliers and see them as an extension of our company. We are committed when possible, to build a diverse supplier base in hopes to strengthen the communities in which we operate. For example, we have diverse suppliers who have certification with the WBENC and The Illinois Department of Business and Workplace Diversity.