At Top Flight, we are committed to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
Our company strives to lead the way in keeping it green from start to finish. Many of our products meet or exceed international standards for sustainable practices. From small steps, like recycling all the paper in our offices, to big steps, like installing solar panels, we are continually seeking ways to reduce our eco-footprint.
What We Are Doing
In addition to our 100% recycled New Leaf Paper products, Top Flight integrates recycling into its manufacturing processes and office practices. In 2010, Top Flight recycled over 2 million pounds of paper and installed solar panels on the roof of its Chattanooga facility.
Recycling & Reusing
• Throughout the manufacturing process, we collect leftover materials, such as paper, cartons and wire to reuse and recycle.
• We use water-based ink in the printing process that can easily be washed out (unlike solvent-based ink).
• In our offices, we use designated bins to collect and recycle all waste paper.
Efficient Facility Redesign
• Highly efficient T8 fluorescent lighting is installed in our offices and manufacturing centers. Each T8 fixture uses about half the energy of a regular, non-fluorescent light fixture.
• In 2010, we updated the design of our downstairs offices to be more sustainable, using organic materials such as concrete flooring, natural brick and corrugated tin walls.
• We installed solar panels that convert 13% of the sunlight they receive into energy, producing approximately 200 kilowatts of energy per day – enough to power 2,000 standard light bulbs a day. Because solar electricity produces zero carbon emissions, we're also saving about 50 acres of trees each year and because the production of solar energy doesn't use any water, we're saving over 150,000 gallons of water each year. To see a live monitor of how much solar energy we're producing, click here.
Our solar panel project was made possible in part by a solar installation grant from The Tennessee Solar Institute. The Tennessee Solar Institute is part of the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, a comprehensive solar energy and economic development program that was established using $62.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding received by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Acknowledgment: This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0000160.
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Sustainable Forestry initiaitve (SFI)
Top Flight is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for purchasing paper materials from environmentally responsible and non-controversial sources. This certification was received after undergoing rigorous audits.
SFI, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that offers sustainable forestry certifications backed by third-party audits. SFI is the largest single forest standard in the world.
SFI defines sustainable forestry as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for useful products and ecosystem services such as the conservation of soil, air and water quality, carbon, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation, and aesthetics."
Forest Stewardship Council
Top Flight is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™, which ensures that our forest products are sourced from responsible and verified harvesters.
FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. The FSC® label certifies that forest products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain. FSC® is nationally represented in more than 50 countries worldwide.