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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogIf you’re like most business owners, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save your business money. Maybe you’ve even wondered if there is a way to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Fortunately, there are materials that allow you to meet both your savings and your environmental goals. They are recycled materials. Here’s a look at four of them. Recycled Timber Recycled timber usually comes from sources, like factories, bridges, demolished buildings and so forth. Companies use this material to make flooring, decking, benches, shutters and more. However, construction companies can also use them to building frames for homes, staircases or retaining walls. This is a very versatile material that looks beautiful. Bionic Yarn Bionic Yarn is a material that’s made from plastic waste materials from the world’s oceans. It has been woven into a sturdy yet lightweight yarn that can be used for a number of purposes. Businesses that manufacture automobile interiors, clothing, footwear, housewares, (including decorative objects, like pillows or curtains) and luggage and bags have used this yarn to create some stunning pieces. In all actuality, the list of Bionic Yarn’s uses extends even beyond what’s touched on here. Recycled Plastics According to Readers Digest, the uses for recycled plastic run the gamut. Companies use recycled plastics to make beauty product containers or plant holders. Other companies use it to create decking materials. Still other manufacturers create toys made from 100% recycled plastics. Recycled Metal The construction industry utilizes scrap metal quite a lot for projects, like bridges and roads. It also plays a big role in transportation and automobile manufacturing. Some appliances makers turn to recycled metal as well to create their wares. These and other types of businesses use this resource because it’s cheaper than most “new” metal. In fact, it’s so useful and economical that some people in the industry have suggested that all metal products should be designed so that they can be recycled easily. Using recycled material is a cheap and efficient way that many businesses save money on their manufacturing costs. It’s clear that just about anything you need to manufacture can be made from materials found in the scrap yard so to speak. It has also been shown that the recycling industry creates more than 1.25 million jobs. All in all, using recycled materials in your manufacturing allows you to meet your business and environmental goals in one fell swoop.
BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogMany companies are opting to go with greener solutions that are working to save energy and money. The first place to start is to conduct an audit of your energy usage so that you can devise a solid strategy for moving forward. Here are some of the areas in which you can focus your efforts and become a greener company. Programmable Features For most office and manufacturing floor environments, the HVAC system is the most wasteful part of the business. The constant heating and cooling can start to wear into your overhead costs. It’s also not good for the environment to be wasteful with your energy usage. One solution involves having your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis and changing out your filtration system. A properly maintained system is more likely to be efficient. How you go about controlling the temperature plays a large part in your overall usage. Programmable thermostats that aren’t near windows and additional sources of heat will help to maintain the temperature while not being influenced by these outside factors. Alternative Energy Sources There are lots of ways that you can go about becoming green. You may want to consider installing solar panels on your roof. This may help you to generate some of the power that you require for your manufacturing activities. Another solution is to purchase and install a . Using the steam to provide your equipment with the energy that’s required can make your whole process more efficient. You may find that you don’t require your solar panels or other forms of alternative energy to produce as much in order to keep your operations going. Geothermal heating solutions may be another option to reduce energy consumption. Resource Usage Reduction Changing out your sources of lighting to LED versions work to reduce the amount of energy that your business consumes. Installing motion sensors on your lighting systems will also help to reduce waste. Another thing to consider is the use of printed materials. Going with more electronic forms of communication works to save you money and reduces the amount of waste that your company generates. You won’t have to worry so much about recycling if you don’t have to discard as much material. Installing programing that reduces manufacturing waste will also prevent rework issues and can help you with your energy reduction goals. Manufacturing processes have changed so that they can be more efficient. Use these strategies to up your energy efficiency rating and take your company into a greener era.