3 Eco-Friendly Initiatives with High Return on Investment for Industry

Doing good for the environment can be good for business. Instead of investing in carbon offsets, industries in Canada should take the initiative to pursue eco-friendly programs in-house. These strategies can carry a high return on investment for industrial businesses looking to be greener.

1. Recycling

In 2007, General Motors implemented strategy to cut down on the amount of scrap materials they sent to landfills. With a focus on using materials more efficiently and saving what could be recycled, the company not only cut down on waste, but gained a lucrative $1 billion/year side business selling scrap metal.

In the year 2014, Canada sent over 9 million tonnes of waste to recycling or organic processing facilities instead of landfills. Industrial businesses who join in can see unexpected returns on their investment.

2. Going Paperless

Moving documentation and records into a digital format can save time, space and money.

  • Digital records are easier to retrieve and navigate than filing cabinets and banker boxes, giving the business’s administrative team a boost in productivity.
  • The space gained by removing physical storage can be put to more productive use. Board rooms, closets, and offices suddenly become open for new possibilities.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has found that a paperless office saves approximately $80 per employee per year. For an organization with 400 employees, that adds up to over $32,000 a year.

3. LED Retrofits

Lighting is important in an industrial setting, as inadequate lighting can negatively impact both safety and productivity. However, it can be a significant operating cost for large industrial facilities. Replacing burnt-out lightbulbs is also a problem, since it can require stopping work to allow maintenance to come in and replace the bulb.

An energy-saving industrial LED retrofit is an investment that pays off in numerous ways. LED lights are more durable and longer-lasting (15,000-25,000 hours per bulb) than halogen lights. They also consume far less energy. Although it can be costly to implement a plant-wide energy saving industrial LED retrofit, the switch significantly reduces the overhead associated with lighting the facility.

Why we need to take safety seriously in Canada

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Workplace safety is no game. According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2014 alone there were 919 workplace deaths recorded in Canada. If you’re good at math, you’d know that that’s roughly 2.5 deaths a day.

And along those who have died are 13 young workers who were aged 15 to 19.

What these statistics don’t show is all of the friends and family members who were affected as well. Workplace tragedies can take lives within seconds. Seconds that a worker could’ve been spent playing with their kids or having a BBQ with friends.

Workplace training and certification for health & safety is offered all across Canada. We just need to make sure we’re incorporating it into the training process. You’re never too old or experienced to learn about safety procedures, after all.

In fact, according to the same AWCBC report, there were almost 340-thousand claims accepted for lost work time due to a workplace injury. These days off could have been because of being sick or injured from heights, chemicals, improper gear protection, improper tools and electrical incidents. Managers on-site need to participate in committee training requirements for health and safety with their workers. That way, everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety in the workplace.

If you’re someone who may be at the risk of a workplace injury due to the nature of your job, the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) offers workshops to inform you and your coworkers about workplace safety. Including the Basics of Fall Prevention, fire hazard training, chainsaw operation, chemical care, and more!

No one deserves to miss their family member or friend due to a workplace injury or death. Safety is a real precaution that every workplace, no matter how intense the labor is, should invest in.

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