More than 89 percent of manufacturers now discuss energy efficiency at board level, a study carried out by Siemens revealed. The findings demonstrate that businesses are increasingly conscious of the impact that their business processes have on the environment.

The benefits of improving your sustainability do not stop at environmental impact. Being eco-conscious can also be good for business.

Consumer attitudes are shifting, and buyers now increasingly favor manufacturers and service providers that seek to minimize the environmental damage caused by their business. This view is supported by a survey conducted by the European Commission, which revealed approximately 80 percent of European citizens are conscious of the environmental impact their purchasing decisions have.

The study continued to find that many of this group would happily pay more for products they know to have been produced using environmentally-friendly processes.

Are there changes that your business could make to reduce your impact on the environment, while also making you more appealing to your customers? Here are some tips that can help you to achieve just that.

Use packaging suitable for your products

Review your existing insulated packaging methods to identify any ways you could improve your shipments with sustainability in mind. Is it possible to streamline your packages to use less materials? Recyclable materials should be used whenever possible. You might be surprised by how simple it is to make these improvements without compromising your products’ quality.

Use environmentally friendly materials

Some materials used for insulated shipping are far more environmentally friendly than others.

While molded polystyrene coolers, which go straight to the landfill after use, have been popular in the past, an increasing number of manufacturers are opting instead for packaging materials that can be reused or recycled; insulated box liners being a perfect example.

Using efficient insulated shipping boxes instead of molded coolers not only reduces environmental impact, but also provides substantial operational cost savings. With a compact design, insulated box liners can be efficiently stored and moved around the packing area, helping to reduce staff and warehousing costs.

Reduce energy consumption

It’s inevitable that manufacturing is going to require a lot of energy. However, there are things that can be done to better manage your business’ energy usage, and even to create your own. As an example, a business might choose to operate a solar photovoltaic system to generate clean, renewable energy, substantially reducing their energy expenditure. Another energy-saving strategy that could be employed is to replace all factory lighting with low-power LED bulbs.

You hopefully will already have been considering your energy consumption and environmental impact. And if you have not done so yet, now is the time to start. You will not only be reducing your impact on the planet, you’ll also attract new customers and save on overheads, too. Make the required changes today.