Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

 

Instituting Green Logistics Initiatives in Your Supply Chain

The environmental space is not interested in whether your company makes money or not. Their main concern is how you are impacting our air, water and natural resources. Hazardous and solid waste disposal and packaging have been identified as the leading issues in green logistics. The industry is pushing for measures that will tighten up regulations in order to ensure that the carbon footprint left on this planet is minimal.

“Greening” is the term used for a wide range of environmental concerns, and is usually thought of in a positive way. It is thought of as something beneficial to the planet and to the people who inhabit it. In terms of “greening”  logistics, the industry has made great strides in the last decade to begin tightening the gap between what can impact the planet and what can still make a business profitable. The answer is reverse logistics.

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Outsourcing vs. Offshoring for After Market Services

U.S.companies that have historically turned to outsourcing their products and services overseas as a way to cut costs and increase profits may soon see a reversal of this trend.

According to their Bureaus of Labor Statistics, wages inChinaandIndia(the top two countriesU.S.manufacturers have utilized for outsourcing) have risen significantly in the last decade, withChina’s increase in wages at a whopping 19% andIndia’s a few percentage points higher than that. Meanwhile, in theU.S., the rate of job growth has remained at a steady 3%. It won’t be long before what once was a significant gap in payroll expenditure will be leveling out.

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Asset Recovery and Its Impact on Carbon Footprint

Environmentally, manufacturers, retailers and service providers who turn to return recovery programs and aftermarket services relieve the demand on our landfill space as well as cut down on toxic emissions. These programs also make a significant reduction in the need to mine our almost depleted mineral supplies.

We must become waste conscious by reducing our disposables through repairing, reusing and recycling materials. The biggest way businesses can help to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment by protecting is to consider an alternative to dumping items that are perceived to have outlived their usefulness.

Over the course of a decade, in the U.S. alone, 500 trillion pounds of resources will have been transformed into nonproductive waste, which leads to the emissions of methane and carbon dioxide into the air, and the leaching of hazardous materials into the soil and waterways. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Recycling is the answer.

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