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How to make your manufacturing warehouse greener

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Green manufacturing practices have moved to the forefront of manufacturing. Not to long ago many within the manufacturing industry felt that green manufacturing practices would only be a passing trend. Today, they have been shown to be wrong. More and more manufacturing companies are adopting green manufacturing practices. This is especially true within their warehouse practices. It is also important to note that where warehouses were once only used for storage today manufacturing companies are using them for much more. Many manufacturing companies are incorporating packing, shipping, and other assembly within their warehouse. This makes it even more crucial that the warehouse(s) of any manufacturing company are operating to their green potential. Here is what you need to know about how to make your manufacturing warehouse greener-

• Reduce-The first step to implementing green warehouse practices is found in the reduction of consumption. This can be either in the energy that is used in the warehouse or any other type of resource. When there is a reduction in the amount of consumption within the warehouse there is also a reduction in the amount of money that is being spent. This is especially important when it comes to reducing the energy that is used within the manufacturing company’s warehouse. When there is a reduction in energy used it not only saves the manufacturer money but helps the environment, as well. Another important area to reduce and thereby make the warehouse greener is found in the amount of packing that is used when shipping. There have been considerable advancements made when it comes to packing materials that allows for the weight of the package to be reduced while still maintaining a safe and secure packing arrangements. This means that a manufacturing company can not only save on their shipping costs but it reduces the cost of moving packing material through the warehouse. Many manufacturing companies have also turned to using bio degradable packing materials in order to reduce their impact on the environment.
• Reuse-Today, many manufacturing companies are seeing the benefits of reusing materials that in the past were just thrown away without another thought been given to the waste. Many green manufacturing warehouses are making sure that they are reusing items such as: plastic totes, wood pallets, and metal bins. Many manufacturing companies have gone to considerable lengths in order to determine exactly where they can reuse items that have generally been discarded. An interesting offshoot of this green warehouse reuse movement is the adoption of trading products for returnable packaging. The basis of this was developed when manufacturing companies began to realize just how expensive it was to make packaging for every product that is sold. Then when the packaging is simply discarded it is a loss to the manufacturing company. When manufacturing companies make it easy for customers to return the packaging it can reduce waste and thereby save considerable amounts of money.
• Recycle-The final part of green manufacturing warehouse practices can be found under the heading of recycling. When a manufacturing warehouse focuses on recycling it can significantly reduce waste which also saves the manufacturing company money. This is perhaps the easiest of the green steps to take. Many manufacturing companies have begun sending their packaging and packing materials that have been used for recycling instead of just throwing them away. In addition, many other items can qualify for recycling such as: chemicals, oil, and even batteries. Many manufacturing businesses have conducted audits in order to help them find areas and parts of the production process that can be a part of this recycling movement. Not only does this save the manufacturing company money but reduces their impact on the environment.

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