Saving the planet with Green Manufacturing
More companies are taking the initiative to go green and reduce their impact on the environment. Green manufacturing is a great way to gain positive publicity for your company but more then that it's a cost effective way to make sure your employees and your overall company is healthier.
Green manufacturing focuses on limiting your impact on the environment which you can do through smart product development. Can you create products that use less energy? How about setting up a recycling program? Have you tried shutting off lights and turning off equipment in order to use less energy? Here are some tips you can follow in order to convert your plant to a green manufacturing facility:
- Reduce your consumption of natural resources. Try using solar energy and power to fuel your business.
- Unplug machines that are not in use. Leaving the machines plugged in actually does suck power despite what you may think. This is why its also a good idea to turn off your computers at night and to unplug the surge protectors so extra energy is not being wasted.
- Reduce your emission of toxic chemicals and materials.
- Reduce the amount of waste your company produces
- Change your lights to energy-saving lights.
- Introduce a recycling program within the company and encourage employees to dump recyclable materials into the correct bins.
- Start purchasing green products and encourage your employees to do the same.
- Purchase a water fountain and avoid using bottled water. Encourage employees to use their own bottles to hold the water.
- Set up a system where lights are motion sensitive and will shut off after 10 minutes of inactivity. This way you will be able to save power by shutting off lights in rooms that are not in use.
- Purchase green materials like recycled paper and plastics.
By implementing lean manufacturing you can reduce your wasted products and impact on the environment by 70% or more. Green manufacturing is a new approach to the way you do business and it may not always be the easiest thing for your employees to jump on board with. Just make sure everyone understands why you are suddenly changing the way you have been doing business for years. Adopting a green approach to manufacturing will only work if everyone is on board with the new system and has a commitment to improving the environment.
A number of companies that have implemented green manufacturing have been able to reduce costs by $4 million or more. Since you are working with recycled materials and you are trying to recycle some of your own materials, you are not producing as much waste.Here are a few things you can implement in your manufacturing plant to cut costs and go green:
- Recycled paper. Saving paper is one of the easiest things to do, especially if you operating a printing plant.
- Streamlining inventory. Instead of producing products that will sit on the shelves for years make your products to order. This means you will generate a steady workload that is able to keep up with customer demands. Doing so may allow you to reduce waste by $5,000 or more per month or year depending upon what type of business you are in.
- Ink. Do you find yourself printing out documents only to throw them away? You can dramatically cut ink costs by bookmarking pages and by using online versions of documents instead of printing them. Switching to black ink from colored ink can also reduce wasted ink.
Do your best to create products that are earth friendly. This will win over some customers for your business as a lot of people are trying to purchase only from green companies.