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Green Manufacturing 101

coastalplant36588209.jpgThe trend to "go green" has evolved from a passing fancy, to a substantial part of a new manufacturing movement. As more and more people are becoming concerned with the environment, and the effects that manufacturing companies are having on the environment, business owners are realizing that they must make some changes in how they conduct their business. While there are already rules and regulations to help protect the environment, more manufacturing businesses are finding that just following those rules is not enough. Businesses are realizing that their clients want safer products, for themselves and for the planet. This leaves many manufacturers needing to review their production process to determine where they need to change and determining where they can implement green manufacturing. Turning your manufacturing plant into a green manufacturing plant is one of the best ways to keep your customers, employees and your bottom line happy. Keep in mind that you don't have to do everything at first; even just a few small steps can help save energy and produce less waste and pollution. Here are some tips on implementing green manufacturing-

  • Consider using alternative energy-Many manufacturers are trying to find alternate means of getting energy, for their manufacturing operation. With even a small amount of research you will find that there is plenty of new technology that is available, that will allow you to choose different ways of obtaining energy. Keep in mind that while this doesn't mean that all of your energy has to come from alternative means, the fewer amounts of traditional energy sources you use, the lower your air pollution will be.
  • Think recycling in every aspect of the production process-It is important to find ways that your finished product can be recycled. There are many products that are currently being recycled today such as: old cell phones, ink cartridges, soda cans, paper, etc. As time goes on more and more products, are becoming a part of the recycling trend. Keep in mind that not only should you look into finding ways to recycle your finished product, but you can also look into recycling any wasted product or excess parts, that you might have left over. Manufacturing products often means that you have damaged products, that cannot be sent out to your customers, or you have unfinished products that you will not be able to sell. Going green entails looking into ways to reduce the impact those unneeded parts and products, will have on the environment. You should also use recycled products, for your packaging. This will help reduce the amount of waste that your manufacturing process creates, and can lower your costs because you are not using new materials each time. Using recycled products are cheaper, and you can then pass these costs savings onto your customer.Another easy way to implement green practices in your manufacturing is to set up recycle bins, throughout your manufacturing plant, for your employees, to use to recycle everyday items. This can include such items as:plastic bottles, metal, glass, paper, etc. Recycling needs to be done at all levels of your manufacturing plant in order for it to be successful.
  • Go organic-If you make products that are consumed by other people or are for personal use, you should look into using all natural products. Many products today can be made from organic or natural ingredients, for about the same cost. Studies show that many consumers are still willing to pay the extra price, for products that are free of chemicals. The natural products that you are using can also be used to package your final product, if you need to use packaging.
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