As more consumers worry over the health of the environment, companies from many different industries have pledged to combat greenhouse gas emissions to help curb climate change.
Manufacturers are one of the industries doing so. Here are some of the top ways to improve sustainability in manufacturing for long-term success.
Switch to Greener Power
Everyone knows the issue of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions on the planet today. Ultimately, the overconsumption of nonrenewable resources along with the combustion of coal and ethanol significantly increases greenhouse gas emissions and leads to global climate change. Manufacturers who opt for greener energy sources, like solar, wind, or hydro, have already drastically reduced their greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. Not only does this reduce carbon emissions, but it saves money on energy consumption leading to more profitable enterprises.
Recycle and Use Recycled Materials
Recycling may be a common activity for the average homeowner and local business, but even large-scale manufacturers can do it too. Simple recycling techniques, such as sorting materials, lead to a greater positive environmental impact. Additionally, manufacturers should switch to recycled materials too. For example, there are many ways HDPE plastic reduces the ecological impact of manufacturing. It requires less energy to maintain, reduces carbon emissions, and has a lesser chance of leaking toxic chemicals into the environment. Simple alternatives like recycled materials are a simple yet effective strategy in combatting global climate change in industries.
Reduce Litter and Pollution
Of course, another one of the top ways to improve sustainability in manufacturing is to reduce litter and pollution. Heavy machinery uses a lot of energy to operate. As a result, exhaust and runoff often pollute the air, water, and ground near plants and factories. Using sustainable chemical agents helps reduce this pollution. Carbon caps can also further deter companies from overproducing carbon emissions. Modern technology can also capture and destroy much of the pollution that factories emit before it releases into the environment. Either way, doing so will preserve local ecosystems and communities from unwanted health and safety hazards from polluted air, water, and soil.