Since 2020, there’s been an increased amount of pressure put on manufacturers to go green. Events like COP27 have only drawn more attention to this issue.
If you’re feeling the pressure to be more eco-friendly, but don’t know where to start, then this guide has got some top tips that will help your manufacturing. By implementing these tips, you’ll be able to become an eco-friendlier company. The benefits of doing this include:
- Improved industry reputation
- Future-proof operations
Sound interesting? Great. Let’s run through the tips.
Invest in Baling Wire
The first tip for the day is simple: invest in baling wire.
This will allow you to band together various waste materials you have that can be recycled, such as:
Hence, many manufacturers are now choosing cardboard baling wire.
After banding together your materials, you can then sell them for a profit to recycling organizations, making it a win-win situation.
Before doing this, though, you’ll also need to add a recycle baler to your manufacturing warehouse. The baler will then compress all your materials before the baling wire then gets everything nice and neatly together.
Moving into the future, most manufacturers are going to be recycling their waste materials and then selling them for a profit, which is a trend you don’t want to miss out on.
Switch to LED Lighting
Lighting plays a big role in the manufacturing process. Without it, manufacturing factories simply wouldn’t be able to operate.
However, many manufacturers are still using traditional lighting in their buildings, which isn’t good for the environment.
If this is something that you currently do, you should switch all of your lights to LED ones, instead.
Compared to traditional bulbs, LED lights can save you tons of money in annual energy and electricity costs.
Only Work with ‘Green’ Partners
As a manufacturer, you’re likely reliant on other partners for a variety of reasons, with a big one being the sourcing of raw materials.
This is a natural part of working in business – however, you have the power to only choose ‘green’ partners. Although this might cause you temporary disruption, it’s a great way to future-proof your operations and make a big statement within your industry.
As mentioned above, a good place to start is by only sourcing from green partners. In addition to this, make sure you only source eco-friendly packaging from companies.
The internal communication in your warehouse is likely reliant on paper and documents. In 2022, this is no longer necessary when all employees can communicate with each other digitally via their smartphones. Documents and other important messages can be shared at a moment’s notice without the need for any printing or scanning.
A digital workforce is much more powerful than an entirely manual one.
Eco-friendly manufacturing is the present and future. The quicker you get on board with it, the more benefits you will experience. This is why it’s important to put the above-mentioned tips into action as soon as possible.