Going Green takes a Backseat to Making Green
…but we’re still doing our best to be responsible!
A recent article at Converting Digest uncovers that many businesses are not planning to boost their eco efforts in the near future. While 2/3 of some 1,400 CFO’s surveyed anticipate their efforts to remain the same, another 25% look forward to increased attention on the issue. In all cases, profitability and economic stability are the driving forces behind every decision.
As a supplier serving numerous industries, we at York Saw have a chance to see multiple opinions on this hot button issue. While more consumer-oriented businesses may be quickly motivated by popular pressure to change for the “greener,” others don’t always see the value or incentive to pick up and make the change.
The decision to make progress toward sustainability is often not a matter of “should I” or “is it what I want to do.” Instead, if it isn’t government mandate, it’s a matter of value and return that seem to drive the bulk of decisions to become more eco-friendly.
It’s no mystery: it takes green to be green. If the perceived value isn’t there, the chance of a company investing in those changes in today’s economy are slim.
And what about you guys?
Us? Well, we definitely care about not being wasteful and having as little impact on the world outside as we can. So, we weighed the pros and cons and as a result have made some major changes for the better-for-the-Earth that also happen to be good for us, too. Not only does York Saw contribute zero identified sustainable hazards in the waste stream, we’ve also completed a recent remodel in which we:
- Installed triple-pane windows – Heavier and more costly than traditional dual-pane, these are the most energy efficient of all windows choices. Not only are they durable, but the savings in energy use and cost will pay for the upgrade many times over.
- Installed a rubber roof on our entire facility – Rubber roofs are made from recycled material, they are incredibly energy efficient, durable, and leak proof. All this helps cut back on our energy usage as well as greatly reducing future maintenance costs.
- Upgraded our facility insulation – A no-brainer energy saver that will again pay for itself in multiples over the seasons to come.
- Upgraded our light fixtures – Another no-brainer. We’ve seen the benefit of eco-friendly light bulbs and fixtures in our homes. Now apply that benefit to a 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
- Integrated a new, paperless invoice system– The new web-based method allows us to keep in contact with vendors and clients alike in real time without wasting trees and all the related resources. Keeping those things online in one place, helps us stay pretty lean and organized, too!
Great job, guys. But what do you REALLY GET out of it all?
Not only does it feel good to be responsible, it feels even better knowing the investments we make now put us in a better position in the long run.
Physical improvements are dramatically decreasing both our electric AND natural gas usage. That means less money spent on bills now and more energy left to be used later (you know, for the kids?! ). Most of these upgrades are also ones that require less maintenance and future fuss: another bonus for longevity! Likewise, infrastructure improvements like the invoicing system not only reduce our supplies cost and environmental impact, they help us operate more efficiently as team, too.
Overall, our choices are motivated by a proven return on taking responsible action. Yes, it is a lot up front. Yes, we think it’s more than worth it. Yes, we’re one of the 25% who plans to do more in the future.
What, if any, steps is your company taking to become more sustainable?