In the beginning of the “Green” campaign it seemed like liberal politicians and a minuscule amount of concerned citizens were the only ones pushing for change. However, that is no longer the case. People started to become concerned about the environment and have taken the initiative to decrease their carbon footprint. Most industries followed and have become environmental conscious. They are taking responsibility in creating a greener Earth. The manufacturing industry has now evolved to an eco-friendly dominant business instead of a trend. These manufacturers have acknowledge that “going green” does more than help the environment, it is also a great cost-effective strategy.
Many individuals assume that the manufacturing industry’s ability to “go green” is nearly impossible, as they are known for putting emissions into the air to produce their product and consuming about 25% of the energy the United States uses each year. The very nature of manufacturing causes pollution because they have to obtain energy through coal, natural gases, oil, and waste (key elements of dangerous greenhouse gases). Here are ways for manufacturing plants to “go green.”
- Recycle: Although this seems like a small step, it drastically improves the environment. First implement a recycling rule and have your employees throw all their recyclable waste into bins. Second, acknowledge that many of your finished products such as ink cartridges, paper, and old cell phones are recyclable. Try finding alternative ways to reuse these products in order to keep the waste in our landfills minimal.
- Use natural products: If you are able to afford it, try to make your products from raw ingredients that are free of chemicals. These natural products may also be used for packaging your products. Using recycled products will reduce waste and it will also be more cost-effective.
- Stop using hazardous chemicals: Avoid chemical conditions, chemical anti- bacterial and preservatives. They usually end up in our landfills.
- Alternative source of energy: It is now much easier and accessible to find alternate ways to obtain energy because of our advanced technology. Find a cleaner substitute that will lower air pollution.
Sinclair Insurance has more than four decades helping clients understand the risks associated with their manufacturing operations and designing a customized risk management plan to protect the future of your organization. We’ll provide you with solutions that make a difference to your profitability – today and for years to come. Give Sinclair a call at 203.265.0996 for more information about our Manufacturing insurance programs.