When you think about businesses going green you probably think of offices using energy efficient light bulbs and cutting down on their use of paper. Going green seems to be so easy for office settings. However, when it comes to industrial companies that are required to use heavy machinery for their jobs, green is probably the last word that comes to mind. However, going green in the Industrial world is much easier than you would think. Here are 4 easy ways for industrial companies to go green.
- Use Solar Energy. Industrial companies use a lot of energy each day. Between transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial energies, the industrial energy uses an estimated 31.44% of all energy. This is due to mainly to the manufacturing done by industrial companies. While industrial companies certainly can’t put their manufacturing processes to halt, they can find ways to use alternative energy. Solar energy may be ideal because it is relatively inexpensive and not harmful to the environment. It does not emit harmful gases and it is a renewable energy resource. For a company that utilizes high amounts of energy each day, this is ideal.
- Use Dry Ice Blasting. Dry ice blasting is a great tool for cleaning industrial equipment that few people know about. Some of the traditional methods for cleaning industrial equipment include sand blasting and water blasting. While these are effective methods for cleaning industrial equipment, they can be quite a hassle. They tend to leave a bit of a mess to clean up afterwards (specifically sandblasting in which you’ll have to pick up the sand after each use). On the other hand, dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate frozen carbon dioxide or “dry ice” pellets to high velocity. It is non-abrasive, non-toxic, non-flammable, non-conductive, and extremely environmentally friendly. It leaves no mess to clean up afterwards. Dry ice is perhaps the most efficient, convenient, and environmentally friendly way for industrial companies to clean their equipment.
- Go Paperless. Offices aren’t the only business environments that can benefit from going paperless. Industrial businesses can benefit just as well. Think of all of the things you may use paper for — billing, packaging slips, ordering forms, etc. Most of this paper can easily be eliminated by using digital technology. Try to implement online ordering systems whenever possible. Instead of sending physical bills send emails. You’ll be surprised by how much paper you save. You’ll also be saving energy since you won’t need to run your printer all the time.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. When it comes to going green, remembering the 3 R’s is key. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. How many things can your business do without? Do you really need all of those machines and chemicals, or can you cut down on some of your supplies? Are your materials reusable? Before buying new equipment and materials always check your inventory to see if there’s any products you can recycle or reuse. If you absolutely must purchase new materials try to buy ones that you can get multiple use out of. It may cost you more upfront, but in the long run you’ll save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. You’ll also be helping to protect the environment, and how can you put a price tag on that?
Do you work for an industrial company? What are some of your best tips on going green and protecting the environment?