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Green concerns start in the design phase, where engineers and designers must consider the entire life cycle of the product they are creating. Collaboration with suppliers can help reduce waste and contribute to the inclusion of materials that are recyclable
The last two articles I’ve written for the APICS magazine “Enterprise Insights” department (to be published in the January/February 2010 and March/April 2010 issues), deal with “green” and “sustainability”. In the second one, I wrote about designing a product with
A big part of the “green” movement in manufacturing is the idea of sustainability meaning “using methods, systems and materials that won’t deplete resources or harm natural cycles.” This is a particular subset of the general idea of waste reduction that is focused on the use of renewable resources and the whole realm of reuse, recycle, and responsible disposal.
Many ‘green’ efforts are also sustainability efforts. When you reduce energy requirements, you are reducing the use of fossil fuels and lowering emissions. When you eliminate or reduce packaging that contributes to sustainability as well. Using materials from renewable sources (soy-based instead of petrochemical, for example), is a very sustainability oriented action. Most of these changes also save money, many immediately and others over the long term.