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What are the 3 R's of manufacturing?

As with any other business, the manufacturing industry takes its cues from its customers.That means you and me.The three R's of manufacturing are obligations that belong to both the manufacturer and the consumer.They are to reduce, re-use and recycle.Over the years different professors and economists have developed new R's (such as rethink, redevelop, reinvest) and although these may have small differences the theory is the same.The R's of manufacturing are intended to be responsible with resources and to find ways to efficiently take advantage of left over products and resources.Naturally, the assistance and support of the consumer plays a large role in the company's efforts to employ the three R's principles.It is important for us to be as responsible as we would like our manufacturing businesses to be and that includes personal efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.


There are countless ways that you can reduce the amount of waste that you generate.Listed below are a few suggestions, but of course you should not feel limited to the ideas listed here.

- Asked to be removed from mailing lists where you receive catalogs, flyers and other paper printed offers.Eliminating the need for the company to generate extra supplies that you do not want can make a big difference over time.
- Do not be the source of distribution waste.Be selective about the products that you distribute and ensure that any list of personal information from others that may be in your possession remains protected from outside source distribution.
- Buy products in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging costs per ounce.Additionally avoid buying products that contain multiple forms of packaging.Not only is this wasteful, but it makes the waste more difficult to recycle.In addition, you may end up paying more money simply for the packaging.
- Avoid the disposable version of the products that you buy.Paper plates, plastic cutlery, napkins, razors, lighters, etc. all contribute to the problem of waste and cause more costs for both manufacturers and consumers as these products will have to be re-made over and over again.
- At work, try to use both sides of a piece of paper and eliminate extra file folders by combining groupings.Use e-mail instead of writing letters when possible.


When you use a little thought and creativity, you may be surprised at the multiple uses that everyday items in your house have.Learning how to get the most use out of a product before discarding it will not only help decrease manufacturing costs but reusing items will decrease your own personal costs as well

- Reuse paper and plastic bags for other needs around the house.You can also keep a supply of bags in your car to use on your next trip to the market.Or, try mesh or fabric bags instead of disposable ones.
- Reuse scrap paper and newspaper.Using newspaper as a packing material is a great solution.
- Borrow or share large, expensive or infrequently used items rather than purchasing your own.
- Buy and give to second hand stores.Sell old clothes, appliances, toys, and furniture in garage sales or donate them to charities or goodwill stores.


Check with your city or county solid waste office to see what kind of recycling facilities are available in your area.If there is not a curb-side pick-up program in your area, find out where you can drop off your recyclables.

- Buy products made out of recycled materials.Look for products labeled "Post-consumer material" or for products that have the recycling symbol on them.This means that the product or packaging was made from something that someone has used and recycled or that the item can be recycled.

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