For anyone who runs a business, no matter what the size of the company or the kind of industry it is, finding green solutions to many of your needs is just good business. While there was a time when few businesses would pay for a solution that kept the end product out of the waste stream, such as you see at companies like FiberTech with its recycling facilities for plastic molded products, today most companies are looking for green business solutions.
But it can and should be more than simply “green washing” by claiming that your business is green when in reality it only puts it on for show. There are a number of ways that any business can find green solutions to everything from how they run their office to the steps they take in their manufacturing process. Here are some examples of new thinking in various industries that are leading to a greener way of doing business.
Manufacturing and Recycling
If there is one area where there has been an enormous amount of change when it comes to green thinking, it has to be in the manufacturing industries, particularly the light manufacturing industry. From plastic form manufacturers who have become hubs for recycling of plastics to the garment industries new cleaner water systems, the change is obvious.
For many of these types of industries the shift in thinking was difficult at first, as many companies only saw the impact on the bottom line if green practices were to be instituted. But as marketing came into play, and the public began to demand a cleaner manufacturing process, more companies stepped up to the plate. While it still has a long way to go, the fact that many manufacturing associations have begun to put together recycling programs and clean waste systems shows us that even the dirtiest of industries can change their tune.
Safer Greener Cleaning Products
Once upon a time, back in the days of our grandparents and great-grandparents, all you needed to clean just about anything was soap, vinegar and water. We used it to clean windows and mirrors, added it to baking soda to polish silverware and used it for cleaning floors and just about any surface. If you were lucky and had it at hand, you might add a bit of lemon juice to that soap and water to give it an extra sheen.
Today most grocery stores devote an entire aisle to cleaning products of every type and description. In the fifties as chemistry began to look at expanding the product lines of many commercial products, new companies came into being that specialized in home cleaning products. But with this expansion came an introduction of chemicals that damaged out bodies, ruined our water and left the land spoiled. Changes needed to be made before it was too late.
Today many of the most well known of the various cleaning compounds for everything from washing clothes and dishes to our own bodies are changing. Campaigns have begun to eliminate the tiny plastic beads found in many types of liquid soaps for showers. The beads have shown up across the globe in our oceans, including in the stomachs of many fish and marine mammals. Green production is coming slowly due to pressure from consumers, the kind of pressure most businesses understand.