Conserving Energy and Resources with Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword. It's a requirement for the future of manufacturing and the plastics industry. While businesses of all types can and should be upping their sustainability practices, the plastics industry is under particular scrutiny. It is incumbent upon manufacturers like Houston Plastic Products and the industries that rely on our products to put sustainability first. Not only does implementing environmentally sustainable business practices show concern for the planet, but it also shows awareness of the positive economic impact of green business. When you work with a partner that understands the benefits of sustainable manufacturing, you gain a competitive advantage for both your business and the environment.
What is Sustainable Manufacturing?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. This type of manufacturing also enhances employee, community, and product safety. Sounds great, right? But how do manufacturers put it into practice?
Plastic industry professionals are investigating alternative materials and more comprehensive recycling programs. More manufacturers are adopting fully renewable electric energy to power their operations and striving to eliminate unnecessary consumer packaging. Strict equipment maintenance schedules, robust recycling programs, faster production cycles, conscious waste reduction, and caps on greenhouse gas emissions all contribute to cleaner, more efficient, sustainable manufacturing across industries.
Going Beyond Greenwashing
As sustainable manufacturing standards and regulations are becoming more common globally, HPP is committed to staying ahead of the curve. Some companies may choose a greenwashing approach to sustainable manufacturing. We've chosen tangible steps toward a more environmentally friendly future because sustainability demands transformation. We're not 100% there yet, but we are making strides every day. Our current sustainability practices and future goals include the following:
- Houston Plastic Products is 100% electrified. We don't burn natural gas or diesel fuel.
- We closely monitor our energy consumption and divert recyclable waste away from landfills.
- Our ultimate sustainability goal is to achieve zero production waste by 2025. That means all of our production material will be fully reconstituted, recycled, or otherwise diverted from landfills without sacrificing the quality of our plastic components.
How to Gain a Sustainable Competitive Advantage
It is possible to accomplish growth and sustainability at the same time. Studies show that corporate sustainability policies can lead to greater profits. Additionally, implementing sustainable practices is less expensive than you might think. Tax incentives and grants for sustainability projects can eliminate the costs altogether. And, when you partner with sustainability-minded companies, you can double the positive environmental impact. Not only are you improving your company's image by keeping sustainable manufacturing at the forefront, but you're also saving on energy costs, reducing waste, making real change, and setting the pace for other businesses.
You need a manufacturing partner that understands and supports your sustainability goals. At HPP, we prioritize it in every stage of product development, from design to production. When the quality of your finished product and the way its made are of equal importance, you can rely on HPP to deliver. Let's set the standard for sustainability in your industry together. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your goals.