Benefits of Sustainable, Green Manufacturing
You’ve heard about “going green,” but have you considered applying it to your company, and in particular, your manufacturing processes? Creating a sustainable, green manufacturing business is not only better for the environment, but also for your employees (and potentially your sales). Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most important benefits going green in the world of manufacturing can provide for a business.
New customers, more sales
Probably the most important benefit on this list: stainable manufacturing can help make your company more marketable, and in turn, more profitable. Manufacturers are currently dealing with increasing competition overseas, and need to able to make their business stand out in order to maintain sales. What better way than to show off your sustainable practices? Consumers appreciate an environmentally-conscientious business, and being more sustainable can only improve upon your reputation as an industry leader.
Digital marketing and social media have made generating publicity extremely easy for companies; take advantage by showcasing your green-focused manufacturing processes, and you’ll be well on your way to building your sales pipeline and growing your business.
Did you know? Replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives use less energy, and in the long run, will reduce energy costs? This is just one example of how becoming a more sustainable workplace can have an impact on not only the environment but your spend per month.
In addition, regularly inspecting manufacturing tools and equipment for overuse of energy and resources, going paperless, investing in an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, and implementing initiatives to reduce waste throughout your organization can have a positive impact on the environment and significantly reduce how much you’re wasting on energy costs.
There are a number of tax credits and rebates, whether it’s on the federal level or the state level, for manufacturers who adhere to sustainable practices. It might be worth the effort to look into these incentives to see if you’d gain any credits for implementing sustainable improvements in your workplace and in your engineering processes.
Creating a more sustainable environment doesn’t just come from the top-down. It’s an entire community of employees working together to accomplish something. Employees working together to create a healthier environment and having less of an impact on the environment around them will naturally foster teamwork and a positive work culture.
In order for this initiative to be a success, however, you need to involve everyone in the company immediately. Don’t wait until the implementation of sustainable practices is about to unfold, as this could create chaos and/or distrust in the company. As long as everyone is on the same page and willing to comply, you’re bound to get positive results.
Lastly, and most obviously, is the environmental and societal impact your business will have. While many business owners will focus on the first bullet point in this article (cost savings), the real game-changer is the smaller carbon footprint and impact your manufacturing processes will have on the environment. At the end of the day, this is what it comes down to.