Earth Day is approaching.
On April 22, more than 1 billion people in 190 countries will “plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment,” according to EarthDay.org. We recognize the importance of adding “green” to the world (and supply chain)—so to celebrate the day, we wanted to highlight the sustainability initiatives we’re seeing.
It’s important to note that there are many unseen pieces of the supply chain going “green.” For instance, we’re sure there are plenty of companies switching to recycled paper and encouraging employees to use less fuel and adopt more environmentally friendly trends—but in this case, we’re specifically looking toward how sustainable practices in the supply chain are making an impact.
Take Microsoft, for example. They’ve been using energy-efficient cloud data centers and renewable energy to lessen their environmental impact, according to eWeek, and now, they’re also moving green initiatives into their network of suppliers. Specifically, they’re looking to “reduce the environmental footprint” of the supply chain and devices, and to add to that, they’ve announced new hardware and packaging materials, which have been certified as ISO 14001-compliant.*
Although Microsoft is one of the largest companies to announce they’re embracing sustainability in their supply chain, they’re not alone. Two-thirds of companies have expanded their green actions over the past few years, according to a white paper from Bearing Point. With more than $1.1 trillion invested into the cost of logistics, there is plenty of room for a sustainable focus.
Not only can companies can consider the environmental impact of their decisions, but adopting green tendencies can help increase their competitiveness. The U.S. Environmental Account Project lays out a few tactics for companies to increase their sustainability efforts for success:
- Convert wastes to by-products
- Use materials tracking and reporting systems
- Reduce the use of hazardous materials
- Cut costs associated with material and scrap losses
- Create chemical service partnerships to decrease waste of solvents and paints
- Offer product take back programs to reuse valuable materials
The final bullet point stands out to us at Nefab because we offer returnable packaging solutions. We offer custom-designed and stock products for this application in a variety of materials—wood, laminate, metal, plastic—that can be designed with cushioning and protection.
We believe in reducing waste and making the world a “greener” place, so we do our part to offer these solutions. We also want to know about your company’s sustainability efforts, so tell us: What are your plans for Earth Day? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting at us.
*“The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance,” according to ISO.org.