PAC Award Winner-Gold

Metro Label


Before the construction of our building started in 2004, a list of “green” design opportunities, prioritized according to cost effectiveness and payback, enabled the Metro Label team to select a combination of strategies that met both environmental and economic goals. The resulting building design is remarkably energy efficient, with a greater than 45% decrease in gas and electricity consumption, per square foot (combined process and building), when compared to our previous manufacturing facility.

Metro Label facility is one of the first LEED certified manufacturing facilities in Canada. We have not only taken steps during the planning, construction and commissioning stage of the building to be as environmentally conscious as possible but we have continued to taken the steps so that our day to day operations and our manufacturing process is as "green" as possible. Though the building is "green", the building was also designed to be architecturally pleasant and is unique in its design.We are one of the first printing facilities in Canada to incorporate heat recovery units in our manufacturing process so that we could re-use the heat generated by our own equipment.

We are also one of the pioneers in using rainwater in a cistern and using it to displace municipal water requirement. Currently Toronto Water Conservation Authority is undertaking a study on the success of our methodology used for collection and usage of rain water and have found that we are using 76% of our total non-potable water requirement through the rain water.

We have also reduced substantial water consumption by using drought resistant vegetation. None of our urinals use any water at all.Reducing the energy and water consumption in one of the biggest achievement to minimize adverse impact on the environment.

The company also took deliberate steps to undertake innovative changes in the industrial processes to improve air quality, particularly the replacement of solvent-based inks. The use of waterless offset technology as an alternative to conventional offset presses was adopted to eliminate the use of solvents associated with the offset process thereby reducing VOC emissions.

Motivation for Change

The biggest motivation to make this change was to be a responsible corporate citizen within the society by not only adopting environmentally friendly practices during the construction phase of the building and using environmentally friendly materials but also after the building is put into use, adopt environmentally friendly manufacturing practices so that we have minimum adverse impact on the environment. We also wanted to present an environmentally responsible image in front of our employees, customers and suppliers so that we could be a showcase that everyone else could adopt and make this planet a better place to live.


Functionality and enhanced performance.

Clean Production

Minimize use of toxic materials; measures to substantially reduce emission of air pollutants, minimize water consumption; heat recovery; incorporated sustainable site development, usage of smart construction materials; employment of ISO 9001:2000, working towards registration process for ISO 14000.

Community Benefit

Communication and education

Resource & Energy Optimization

Optimization of usage of materials and energy.

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