Sustainability isn’t just a great trend to jump on, it’s survival. Every company needs to assess its business model today and start looking into how it can operate either on a carbon-neutral basis or, even better, in a circular business model. Every brand needs to do this, and manufacturing companies are no different.
There are many big benefits to improving your green credentials, including lower costs for materials and the ability to market your business as an environmental leader – something that is appealing to more brands than ever before.
Manufacturing companies around the world are working to become more sustainable, and here are just a few examples of how they are doing it:
Switch to Renewable Energy
One of the best ways manufacturing companies can become more sustainable is to switch to renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels. Of course, this option will be limited by the energy options near you. The good news is that larger manufacturing companies can invest and install solar and wind farms to help power at least a portion of their energy needs. Making the transition slowly will help offset energy costs (particularly during this energy crisis) and will help you cut down your emissions.
Circular Waste Management
Circularity essentially aims to remove waste from the equation. By designing products so that they can be cheaply disassembled after their life and the parts then recycled back into your industry, manufacturing companies all around the country and even the world can make a big impact on the environment. Circular waste management, both in terms of the products you make and your production waste, can help you reduce virgin material costs while helping minimize the impact your business has on the environment.
It is important to remember that circular waste management doesn’t just refer to physical waste. Water waste in manufacturing is a huge problem, but the water used in manufacturing can often be reused. Closing your water system to get more use can help lower your utility cost and make a huge difference to your community.
Opting for Eco-Friendly Machinery
While not all machinery is eco-friendly at the moment, and you shouldn’t needlessly toss anything unless you have a seller or the machine in question has reached the end of its life, there are some great options out there. Take cutting machines, for example. If you currently use a plasma cutting machine, you may find that waterjet cutting machinery not only cuts with higher levels of precision, it is also more eco-friendly, giving you a two-pronged benefit that can greatly improve your business.
Investing in Automation
Automation goes beyond production. You can automate sensors, heating, admin tasks, and so much more so that everything works faster, more efficiently, and with less waste. A fully automated system typically uses less electricity as well.
Work Towards Green Manufacturing Credentials
There are a range of national and international green manufacturing credentials for you to consider. By using these credentials as a framework, you can work to improve your business’ impact on the environment and work towards a great, marketable credential that other businesses looking to become more sustainable will gravitate towards.