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Sustainable Manufacturing is a Natural Necessity

The manufacturing industry is a very lucrative business for countries.
 
And in the past 10 years, sustainability has played an important role in how corporations are perceived and how they handle themselves in an ever-growing demand for transparency from consumers. Environmental responsibility is not only good for business, it is becoming an integral part of the way industrial equipment is marketed, purchased and operated.
 
For a manufacturing company to become more sustainable, its production must have minimal negative environmental impact, must conserve energy and natural resources, prevent greenhouse gas emissions, and it must be non-hazardous to employees and consumers.
 
Some manufacturing concerns
Since the Industrial Revolution ended, the rise in population has allowed consumers to demand and consume more products than ever. By allowing this to continue, it can leave lasting effects on the environment.
 
Below are some four major concerns manufacturing companies must confront.

  1. Dwindling Resources
    It’s no secret that natural resources are becoming scarcer. There is a higher demand for products, which leads to price and supply instability for commodities like water, energy, and materials on which businesses are rely on.
  2. Re-shoring Initiative
    The re-shoring initiative is a mission to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the US to increase exports and reduce imports. In addition, quality and inventory control improves, response time to industry demands is quicker, and certain sectors get a lowered overhead, which all help to strengthen the US economy.
  3. Environmental and Sustainability Consciousness
    This is a big one. The 21st Century has allowed the current generation to have a bigger voice and step up as leaders in increasing social and consumer awareness. There is also a push to get policymakers and regulators to create new policies that have an environmental impact on materials and products. Groups like Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Restriction of Hazardous Substances, require businesses to be more transparent about materials used, disposed, and end-of-life treatment of materials and products.
  4. Climate Change
    The global weather is changing and it’s having a material impact on business and society. But if corporations work together toward greenhouse gas reductions, putting into place climate adaptation strategies, and identifying and cementing strategies to address material business risks, business sustainability goals can be achieved.


 
What can manufacturing companies do to increase sustainability?
 
According to the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Consumption report, companies hold the power and influence to create change. To make this happen, the report suggests that companies and governments need to band together to apply long-term policies and incentives. Also, the added consciousness of transparency is key, especially in this social-media driven society where news can travel around the world in seconds as consumers demand instant results.
 
Also, manufacturing companies can increase environmental benefits and improve company financial gains by improving their recycling policies for existing and new products, and developing cleaner manufacturing products and procedures. In the end, making a sustainability policy work requires the collaboration and teamwork of like-minded people and organizations to work together to make sure these policies are addressed and followed through on.
 

TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.