Industry Voice: Manufacturing’s sustainable future

By Erich Lawson | Sep 06, 2019

With an increased focus on environment-friendly practices in every sector, manufacturers around the world have to rethink the way they do business. Sustainability has become a buzzword for companies -- and industries as a whole.

The term, "sustainable manufacturing," refers to business practices that are aimed at reducing the environmental impact of production and processing. Sustainable manufacturing focuses on minimizing or removing wasteful practices, as well as ensuring the highest standards of safety for employees, products and the community.

What are the benefits of sustainable manufacturing? Here are some ways in which sustainable manufacturing can help your business:

1. Greater availability of resources: In the manufacturing sector, sustainability helps you build a better future not only for the environment, but also yourself. Using raw materials efficiently means there will be more available in the future. If they run out, on the other hand, you will need to look for alternatives.

Along with an increase in costs, this also leads to issues with logistics. It might not happen today, but you need to think of the long-term effects on your business, industry and the world around you.

2. Waste reduction and management: Optimizing your manufacturing processes reduces the waste generated at every stage. It saves raw materials, energy and other precious resources, and helps you manage waste more efficiently.

For companies that emphasize on proper waste management in industrial or commercial settings, specialized equipment such as stationary compactors can be very helpful. These can be incorporated into your recycling program to reduce the cost, energy and effort required for dealing with waste.

3. Eco-friendly brand image: It isn't just manufacturers who are choosing sustainability, consumers are, too. Especially among the younger generation, people are more likely to choose products by companies committed to environmentally sustainable manufacturing, even if they cost more.

Product developers are also looking for companies that prioritize innovation and sustainability. Building the right image has a significant impact on your bottom line, since the demand for sustainably produced goods is only going to go up.

4. Higher efficiency and lower costs: Many people think that sustainable processes and materials are more expensive than conventional alternatives. The truth is, you may spend more initially, but over the long term, your manufacturing costs will go down and efficiency will go up tremendously.

By reducing waste and optimizing production, you will save money on resources such as raw materials, energy and manpower. Increased demand for sustainable goods means consumers are willing to pay a higher price, leading to more profit.

If you want to understand the impact of sustainable manufacturing, look at Samsung Electronics. The South Korean tech giant collected ideas from various stakeholders and implemented them in its corporate development strategy, with a focus on environmental, economic, and social responsibility. Today, it's leading the global market in terms of energy-efficient electronics and e-waste recycling programs.

Like Samsung and many other companies around the world, you too can become a leader in environmentally sustainable manufacturing. Have no doubt, this is the future. You need to join the movement today if you don't want to be left out in the dark tomorrow!

Erich Lawson is passionate about saving the environment through effective recycling techniques and modern innovations. He works with Compactor Management Company and writes on a variety of topics related to recycling, including tips and advice on how balers, compactors, and shredders can be used to reduce industrial waste. He loves helping businesses understand how to lower their monthly garbage bills and increase revenue from recycling.