There is a significant push in the world today for manufacturers to rethink their processes and adapt to more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. By lowering energy and water consumption, reducing waste, and maintaining a firm grasp on where resources are being used, manufacturers can both cut down on harmful or exploitive practices that negatively affect our planet, and save money while doing so. It's common for many businesses to consider "going green" to be an arduous and costly process, but the benefits outweigh the work involved to create better sustainability for the manufacturing industry.
You don't have to go big when beginning the shift towards less consumption, either. Start small and review individual areas that can be improved without significant impact on your daily operations.
What Can You Do?
Conduct an Energy Audit
Energy audits are designed to provide insight into where energy is being used in your operation, and how to identify ways to reduce. Most businesses have inefficiencies that can be addressed easily, but without an audit, there's no way to be certain. These audits can identify issues with HVAC, lighting, air leaks, and more, and can help you develop new ways to save energy and cut costs at the same time.
Focus on Renewable Energy
Most of our energy comes from nuclear power generation facilities that burn fossil fuels, but there are numerous other options available. Solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy sources can often provide enough power to maintain your operation but with far less impact on the environment. Solar panels, for example, have advanced tenfold over the past decade and are ultra-efficient at producing power. On top of saving resources, you can also take advantage of government incentives for using cleaner energy sources, and depending on your operation, even receive compensation for energy that your business generates because of your processes and sends back to the power grid.
Strive to Reduce Waste
Many manufacturing outfits bring in materials that are extracted for use in production, while other parts are simply discarded. This creates excess waste that ends up in landfills and makes our planet that much more difficult to keep clean. Recycling and reusing materials can also help you cut down and improve your bottom line. This may require some planning to determine how you can better utilize the materials that you order but will pay off significantly in the long term. There are also ways to donate or share leftover materials that aren't usable in your own operation such as sawdust, aluminum, cardboard, plastics, and other packaging materials so that other businesses aren't over-ordering to fulfill their needs.
Conserve More Water
Various products have been introduced to the market to help track water consumption, identify problem areas or equipment, eliminate inefficiencies, and help your business save on consumption costs. These products can track how water is used within your facility and provide alerts when equipment is wasting water so that you can develop action plans sooner. This helps you cut down on the cost of water delivery and sewer and will benefit the planet with more freshwater availability.
Thermal Shipping Solutions Can Help
At Thermal Shipping Solutions we strive to help businesses in the manufacturing industry lower their environmental impact and move towards more sustainable shipping practices. Our push to develop and create environmentally friendly products has enabled manufacturers to cut down on their unnecessary use of resources without compromising the efficiency and effectiveness of their cold shipping. Contact us today to learn more about our coolers and take a step further towards a greener business overall.