Business Sense: Going Green

Business Sense: Going Green

Creating A Sustainable Future

We’re going green. From government policies to household habits, our attitudes towards the environment are changing. Our carbon footprints are no longer invisible; more and more we are understanding how our actions affect the world and what we can do change them.

This shift in conscience is not limited to government officials and the general public. Businesses are also engaging this environmental revolution; encompassing industry, manufacture, waste and distribution, they play key roles in issues such as emissions, waste products and sustainability.

Managing these issues is the key to an eco-friendly business. So what can you do?

Emissions

Industry is infamous for its emissions. The image of vast power plants belching clouds of black smoke is one burned into many people’s minds. While this is not strictly typical of modern energy production, its message still holds sway.

Manufacturing processes produce a variety of emissions, from the aforementioned carbon to air and water. Often these emissions are tainted with chemicals and other synthetic substances with the potential to harm the environment. Even if they are not inherently harmful, their emission can still present problems: the Environmental Health Agency has strict laws on what can and cannot be emitted.

Fortunately, there are simple ways to monitor your emissions, so you know just what is escaping your factory and how to manage it.

Taking Control

Control measures vary. Gauges, if properly installed, will inform you of exactly what chemicals your waste contains, while physical barriers can redirect harmful byproducts.

Water can be filtered as it runs off, cleaning it of waste chemicals. Alternatively, treatments are available to neutralise harmful particles, depending on what is in your water.

Impromptu refitting work can be costly, if your business is found to be underperforming according to the Environmental Health Agency’s expected standards. Taking more control of your emissions gives you more control of your expenses and your business.

Waste

Almost every manufacturing process creates waste. It is an inevitable aspect of the production process. As a business owner, it is your role to responsibly dispose of this waste in a way that will not contradict local environmental laws.

The creative business owner has a number of options available to them. The most obvious is to recycle their waste. A more lucrative individual might try to sell waste to other manufacturers as a raw material, although this depends on the applications of the waste in question.

Both options are enticing alternatives to the traditional landfill, which is outdated, environmentally suspect and should be avoided wherever possible. Be proactive with your business and your business waste.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a value that should run through the core of a company, from the raw materials you source for manufacturing through to the completed goods. Sustainable resources were once difficult to source but the changing global attitude towards preserving our environment is beginning to make sustainable raw materials more accessible.

Creating sustainable products is equally as important. Whatever industry you’re in, there are likely to be examples of biodegradable goods and goods that are not perishable. Other examples are of products made from rare or protected raw materials. Researching and developing sustainable products might take some investment but it sends a clear environmental message.

Polyair™

In response to their sustainable values, Polythene UK are proud to offer their Polyair™ range of plastic packaging. This exclusive product has been specially developed with our environmental interests at heart. Bio-based, Polyair™ packaging is the only 100% recyclable, carbon negative material currently available on the market.

As a leading manufacturer of polythene products like packaging and films, sustainability is always at the forefront of our minds. Traditional plastic bags are notoriously long-lived. Because of this they tend to accumulate when littered and represent notorious threats to small animals. We have designed Polyair™ in order to combat these plastic packaging stereotypes, both in the eyes of the general public and on a structural, biodegradable level.

As a world, our environmental awareness is growing, and it is up to businesses to reflect these changes in their practises. Being proactive about your eco-standards can not only save you money in the long run but ensures you are operating towards a greener businesses and a brighter future.

To find out more about Polythene UK’s Polyair™ packaging, call us on 0845 643 1601* or contact us here.