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PROPERTY & CASUALTY
AUG 06, 2019
Save Green by Going Green
As more and more people focus on their everyday waste —such as replacing single-use straws or eliminating plastic tooth brushes — companies are being called upon to reduce their waste and do their part in helping save the environment. Sustainable living, while it isn’t a new idea, is becoming incorporated into more lifestyles — especially younger generations.
As a manufacturer, here’s how you can stay green:
The first step
Manufacturing companies are the first step in product creation. Whether the final product is cars, clothes or children’s toys, the products all begin at a manufacturing facility that produces materials such as sheet metal, textiles or plastic. As companies utilize the original manufacturers’ work, they can adjust and remove parts, which ultimately leads to waste. That’s why it’s important for the manufacturer themselves to limit waste during the process.
Also, it’s the manufacturer’s job to create the highest quality materials that will serve their function for as long as possible. For example, fast fashion is continuously being supported by textile companies that produce lower quality pieces that may only survive a couple uses before ending up in landfills.
Manufacturers should work to use the maximum amount of materials available, and can consider items with more durability, to save money.
By changing the way your company utilizes energy, you can save your company time and money. By simply switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact, energy-efficient floor lamps, you can reduce energy costs
anywhere from 25 to 80 percent
— and the lamps can last three to 25 times longer. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you may devote less time and resources to lighting your facility.
Another switch your company can make is to begin utilizing solar panels for renewable energy. While the initial cost of installing solar panels is high, in the long run, making the switch can save your company money by lessening electricity costs. This source of renewable energy enables your business to be less dependent on fossil fuels, which betters the environment.
Offer recycling incentives
If your product contains recyclable materials, consider offering a program to incentivize recycling the product. People may be more likely to bring the recyclable materials back to your facility, or a designated recycling center which can reduce the cost of new materials and may even encourage consumers or clients to continue utilizing your product.
Manufacturers can make a tremendous impact on the business sector by supporting green initiatives. Not only will they better the environment, they can reduce costs and improve efficiency, ultimately protecting their bottom line.