Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Sr. Vice President and COO at SafeSourcing. Mark asks
In my house we try to conserve and be “green” where we can but the other day I noticed a product in our house that I had seen a hundred times but never thought much about. The Toothpaste Squeezer (see below) allows you to squeeze every last ounce of toothpaste out of the tube. Over the course of my life this device will probably only save enough toothpaste to result in a couple of free tubes but the process by which it conserves was fascinating to me and I wondered what other companies are developing products and services to help conserve.
Water – The Energy Policy Act of 1992 set new guidelines for how much water and energy products should using. Since that time companies continue to improve on these standards by developing new water conserving products for personal and commercial use. Businesses now have the opportunity to become WaterSense partners (An EPA Partnership Program) helping them to join with other companies to implement water conserving products and programs. Along with these new products, many companies are contacting 3rd parties to conduct water audits of their business and make recommendations for how they can conserve in even better ways.
Energy – Energy conservation has been at the front of the “green” movement since its beginning. Opportunities for rebates from utility providers and the Federal government have given many companies increased incentives to be smarter about their conservation of energy and there are several consulting companies that can help find these opportunities. One way businesses are making huge strides in conserving energy is by implementing energy management software (EMS) solutions. These solutions can monitor your company’s energy use and then control the levels of energy in real-time savings millions of dollars a year.
Materials – In a recent program performed by IBM for its shipping and distribution a complete analysis and redesign of their packaging led to an annual savings of $4.3 million dollars. The combination of packaging redesign, new packaging equipment and product redesign allowed for massive material conservation for the organization. Several consulting services provide assessments of a manufacturers business and engagements that will help them achieve similar results. These new software and equipment products are helping companies save billions of dollars each year.
At SafeSourcing we are constantly helping companies who want to try and find ways to conserve resources in their organizations. Through new products, new services and new processes these savings are helping businesses grow and in some cases, stay in operation. For more information on how we can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative. We have an entire customer services team waiting to assist you today
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