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Major Automakers Promise Ethical and Socially Responsible Materials Sourcing

Major Automakers Promise Ethical and Socially Responsible Materials Sourcing

A partnership among 10 top automakers called Drive Sustainability announced plans to set up a Raw Materials Observatory as a way to identify and address ethical, environmental, human, and labor rights issues in the sourcing of raw materials within the industry. Representatives from approximately 70 automotive companies, automotive suppliers, NGOs … Read more »

Industrial Internet of Things Can Transform Business, Leading to Massive Market Growth

Industrial Internet of Things Can Transform Business, Leading to Massive Market Growth

The industrial internet of things market is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2027 as facilities managers begin to realize cost savings in terms of improved processes, worker safety and energy use, among other benefits.

3D Printing – Environmentally Friendly or Not – Is Coming to a Manufacturer Near You

3D Printing – Environmentally Friendly or Not – Is Coming to a Manufacturer Near You

The potential implications for 3D printing in terms of the environment are still not fully known, according to a special issue of Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology. But despite uncertainties, the technology is expected to continue disrupting

Developing Smart Partnerships To Reduce Waste: Q&A with Ingersoll Rand

Developing Smart Partnerships To Reduce Waste: Q&A with Ingersoll Rand

Scott Tew, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand discusses how the company forms effective partnerships across its value stream to reduce waste and increase recyclability.

Cream Cheese Plant Uses ‘Unsustainable & Disruptive’ Amounts of Water

Cream Cheese Plant Uses ‘Unsustainable & Disruptive’ Amounts of Water

A Philadelphia Cream Cheese plant in the Village of Lowville, NY, has been issued a mandatory water conservation order. The plant recently used more than a million gallons of water in a day, when the village’s water filtration plant can only filter 1.3 million gallons in a 24-hour period, according … Read more »

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Robots Deliver Supply Chain Efficiencies for Food Manufacturers

Food brands can face significant challenges in their supply chains as continual advances in technology mean the sector must constantly change in order to keep up. Now, supply chain logistics are further complicated by the fact that many companies are attempting to bring brands to market with the lowest possible carbon … Read more »

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Two California-based plastic product manufacturers have agreed to pay penalties for Clean Water Act violations, including failing to operate with the proper stormwater permit, that likely resulted in plastic pellets being washed into the Tujunga Wash and ultimately into the Los Angeles River. The EPA found these violations after inspections … Read more »

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. Those positive business outcomes in supply chain sustainability, suppliers say, mean that sustainability and CSR will remain core focus areas for organizations and their suppliers in 2017, according to a study from … Read more »

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Shortage of Ethically Sourced Cobalt from Congo Causes Trouble for GE, Apple, Tesla…and More

Major manufacturers like Tesla and General Electric are facing a severe shortage of ethically sourced cobalt, and the metal is expected to increase in demand by 500%, says OilPrice.com. Amazon, too, needs the metal for its Kindle, and other consumer electronics are contributing to the demand and resulting shortage of supply. Tesla’s … Read more »

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Significant Step Toward Zero Waste As Simple as a Fresh CEO?

Sock manufacturer Wigwam says it has been in the business of protecting the environment and using sustainable manufacturing practices for 112 years, but just recently discovered a significant – and easily solvable – sustainability problem: new president and CEO (as of last fall) Tom Wheeler discovered that a large number of … Read more »