The Green movement has caught on with consumers in recent years, and many people prefer to buy green products. Concern for the environment has led to many advances and technological breakthroughs, but there are many issues left which needs to be addressed, especially the process of production. Factories cause a lot of pollution and are yet to adopt eco friendly practices which can reduce industrial waste. Some changes are easy but even though others may be trickier and more expensive to carry out, still they are essential for the planet’s future well-being. Here are some ways in which factories can keep up with the Green movement:
Use energy efficient equipment
Recent advances in manufacturing technology have resulted in the production of machinery which is extremely energy efficient. The benefit of this new and improved eco friendly factory equipment is not only for the environment, but also for your factory as the performance would improve and increase productivity. Start up factories can invest in eco friendly machines right from the beginning, so as to support and participate in the Green movement. Green machinery can even be bought at reduced prices, and many manufacturers offer great deals and savings. Apart from that, the many governments offer incentives to green factories and you’d also be saving on energy bills and reducing waste.
Change the lighting
Traditional lighting consumes a lot of energy and generates a higher cost too. The first thing you could do is change over to LED or CFL lights which have much less energy requirement. Another important thing you should start practicing in your factory, is that of switch off lights when they are not in use. If your factory has both day and night shifts, you may not be able to switch the lights off, but you can make the most of natural light to reduce the use of artificial light. Removing blinds and shades from the windows during the day is a small change which can contribute a lot to reducing your ubut’s energy consumption.
Source raw material locally
Transportation of raw material is one of the things which leads to increase in the overall carbon footprint of your factory. Raw material which is sourced from a huge distance or is imported, consume a huge amount of fossil fuels, as well as polluting the atmosphere during travel. Sourcing raw material locally will reduce the carbon footprint of your factory drastically, and support the local community too.
Change to alternative energy
Alternative energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric energy is one of the best ways to reduce your manufacturing unit’s utility bills as well as supporting the environment. These systems were earlier used only by the wealthiest and largest factories, but now even small scale factories can use alternative energy sources at affordable rates. Your factory can install solar panels and use the stored energy, and you could even sell the excess energy back to the grid.
Recycle, reuse and reduce
The three ‘R’s form the base of the Green movement. You can develop ways in which you can Recycle the material produced in your factory, which might help to Reduce the use of raw material and Reuse all that is possible to be reused. This will reduce the waste that is produced in your factory. Try and reuse pallets, packaging, plastic and recycle your waste to reduce your carbon footprint.
Shift to new methods of production
Traditional methods of production have proved to be one of the most polluting factors. Changes can be made in many sectors of industry. For example, new technology has led to the setting up of food growing ‘factories’ as traditional agriculture methods use a huge amount of water and space. Corporates worldwide are now setting up ‘vertical’ food factories which have the capacity to produce a huge amount of food in a small amount of space, as well as using less amount of water. Methods of growing food without soil and using only water and nutrient solution are also being explored, and have been quite successful.
Energy saving tricks and tips which are used at home can be applied to your factory too. You and your co-workers have to inculcate an eco-friendly mindset so that you can be a part of the Green movement successfully.