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Manufacturing is one of the biggest contributors to pollution and waste, so it’s no surprise that eco-conscious manufacturing companies today are doing more and more to minimize their negative impact on the environment. In addition to being better for the planet, an eco-friendly manufacturing process can help to reduce business costs and even improve efficiency. Today, environmentally conscious brands are also often more respected by clients, customers, and the general public thanks to their efforts. Here are some simple steps that your manufacturing business can take to go green.
#1. Go Paperless:
Paper waste is a big issue for many manufacturing companies, with around half of all business waste being made up of paper and paper products. According to statistics, U.S. offices use around twelve trillion sheets of paper each year. Cutting back on the amount of paper that your company uses can make a huge difference to its environmental impact. Start small by going paperless for certain departments or tasks; for example, by using GoCanvas to create electronic forms, safety reports, and more. If going completely paper-free isn’t an option for your company, there’s still plenty you can do. Keep paper use to a minimum by using electronic alternatives wherever possible and if you must print, use both sides of the sheet whenever you can.
#2. Use Renewable Energy:
Using renewable energy to power your manufacturing company is not only better for the environment but can also be a great way to cut the costs of running your business. Renewable energy is generated from resources that are naturally replenished, like sunlight, rain, wind, biomass, tides, and geothermal heat. You can build your own source of renewable energy on the company premises, for example, using solar panels on the roof. You may be able to get incentives such as tax breaks from the government for doing so.
Having a strict recycling plan in place is essential when it comes to being as environmentally friendly as possible in manufacturing. Along with taking steps to reduce waste, it’s also important to determine what can be re-used either by your own company or somewhere else. Station various marked recycling bins for different materials around the workplace to make it easier for all employees to do their bit. Any recyclable materials or items that you have no further use for can be taken to a recycling plant.
#4. Conduct an Energy Audit:
Lastly, finding out exactly how much energy you’re using can make it easier for you to take steps to cut down and use less. In addition to being kinder to the environment, taking better control of your business’ energy use will often also help with lowering regular costs. An energy audit should be conducted on a regular basis to keep on top of any areas where energy is being lost. There are several steps that you can take to reduce energy use, such as using caulking and weatherstripping to prevent drafts, or switching to energy-saving light bulbs.
Thinking of taking the plunge and going green with your manufacturing business? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.