The word sustainability in packaging can often times be a scary one. Most manufacturers see it as an overwhelming endeavor and choose to not approach it for fear of failing. The important thing to remember, however, is that attaining sustainability in packaging is not a one-time feat. It is an on-going process and takes time. Although it is an on-going process, studies show that it is important to consumers and can increase your business sales. 29% of Americans now buy Green Products, 74% of people think that a manufacturer that reduces the environmental impact of its production process or product is making a smart business decision, and 75% of people say that they feel good when they take steps to help the environment. These are numbers that shouldn’t be ignored.
One of the first steps that manufacturers can take is using common sense to identify things around the warehouse or production process that require power or produce waste. Odds are there are steps that can be taken to reduce these things to help the environment. One factor that has a large impact on not only the environment, but also a company’s bottom line is compressed air. Compressed air is measured by Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). The average cost of compressed air is about $0.02 per CFM per hour. Let’s consider an automated label printer/applicator, which is a common piece of equipment in any consumer products manufacturing facility. A traditional pneumatic powered tamp unit uses about 3 CFM, which equates to about $552.00 per year. There are new technologies available that require no air. These eco-friendly labeling machines require just $48.00 per year to operate. You can easily tell the difference that this solution will make on your expenses, and that is just for one unit! Most manufacturing plants have more.
Another factor that plays into sustainability is wasted material, such as pre-printed boxes. It is a common trend among manufacturing plants to order and stock thousands of pre-printed boxes. Unfortunately, many of these end up in the trash as their pre-printed information becomes out dated or the quality of the box is ruined. An online case printing system eliminates this issue by printing the correct information on the box when you need it, preventing unnecessary waste.
In conclusion, sustainability in packaging is no easy task, but it can be very beneficial, saving your company thousands of dollars a year by taking small, simple steps.
For more information on how you can make your packaging process more eco-friendly, contact the R.V. Evans Company at 1-800-252-5894 or visit our website at www.rvevans.com