impacting the environment? You can make some changes in the way you do business and become the change you’d like to see in your industry. We have six green tips on how to make your manufacturing business more sustainable.
The manufacturing sector gets a bad rap for how much it affects our planet because of the input and output of materials and potential waste created in the process. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are many actionable steps you can make to reduce your business’s impact on the environment.
While making green changes to the way your business does things can seem really intimidating at first, you’ll see that even small steps can reduce the impact your business has on our planet. Plus, taking the time and effort to change a thing or two about the way your business works isn’t only benefiting the environment but also your budget and business reputation.
Keep reading below to find out the benefits of making your manufacturing business more sustainable and how to do it.
The benefits of going green
As mentioned above, the benefits of going green stretch further than you may think. Taking such steps won’t just benefit the environment we live in but can also help you reduce your costs and attract more customers.
Here’s the deal: reducing your energy use equals reduced energy bills, helping your business save money. Going paperless and using technology also helps you reduce your costs on office supplies. What’s more, going green can also help you increase your sales.
That’s right! Becoming more sustainable can help you attract more customers and increase your sales. Today’s customers are more informed on how some business processes affect the environment. And guess what. 73% of millennial customers are willing to pay extra for goods that come from sustainable businesses.
Besides reducing your costs and attracting new customers, going green can also help have a happier and more productive workforce. A 2012 study conducted by the researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found that employees in companies who voluntarily adopt green and sustainable practices are up to 16% more productive than the average.
With all these benefits in mind, let’s now see how you can make your manufacturing business more sustainable.
First of all, to decrease your manufacturing company’s impact, you need to reduce the amount of waste it produces. Paper is one of the most common types of waste produced by companies in the manufacturing business and the easiest to eliminate from your everyday processes.
How do you go paperless? By using technology as much as possible. For example, instead of printing all your documents, keep them in a digital format and share them online. Not only that you’ll reduce the amount of paper used by your company, but your most important documents will also be safer in a digital format.
Choose eco-friendly partners
Like most businesses in the manufacturing industry, yours also needs to interact with other companies to source raw materials and parts. If that’s the case, it would be best to check how sustainable your partners and suppliers are.
For example, whether you partner with a packaging company or you purchase machinery and equipment from other partners, it is imperative to choose eco-friendly partners if you want your company to be green as well.
Recycle and reuse your waste
Businesses, particularly those in the manufacturing industry, produce huge amounts of waste every year. This waste is rarely properly recycled and rather ends up in the landfill. So, if you want to have a more sustainable manufacturing business, you need to deal with your business’s waste more responsibly.
Recycle those types of waste that are easy to recycle, such as paper and cardboard, or reuse them for packaging. It’s best to partner with a recycling business that can help you collect and sustainably dispose of your unwanted waste.
The paint you use for the products you produce in your manufacturing business can also have a huge negative impact on the environment. If you are using wet paint to paint the parts, you need to turn to powder coating as soon as possible. Powder coating has a range of benefits over wet paints, including being more environmentally-friendly since the process does not require the use of solvents, reducing its ecological impact.
Update your old machinery and equipment
While your old machinery and equipment might still be doing their job, the outdated technology used in making it is likely using more energy than necessary, which leads to energy waste that impacts our planet. It would be best if you’d update your old tools and machinery to decrease the energy used by your business to fulfill its processes.
Encourage employees to be eco-friendly
To be eco-friendly, a business needs to be run by eco-friendly people. So, it would be best if you also encouraged your employees to be environmentally-friendly while at work in terms of not wasting energy, not using unnecessary plastic, and commuting to work by public transportation or bicycle instead of their cars.
Published by Cynthia Madison