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3D-Printed Structures Get Larger, Fuel Sustainable Construction Debate

3D-Printed Structures Get Larger, Fuel Sustainable Construction Debate

As the debate about the environmental implications of 3D printing continues, businesses are pushing the boundaries of what the technology can do. The Danish company 3D Printhuset recently completed the printed office-hotel structure for a site in Copenhagen, but the race to create Europe’s first inhabitable 3D-printed building didn’t quite … Read more »

Lean and Green Can Be Profitable

As manufacturers around the world adopt lean manufacturing and cut down on raw material consumption, energy usage, environmental waste and pollution, they are learning that eco-friendly practices can be profitable, according to Ensia. John Quarmley has learned this. Quarmley started Highwood USA in Pennsylvania as a company with sustainable manufacturing practices … Read more »

Sustainable Manufacturing Approach Considers Human Element

Sustainable manufacturing is an approach promoted by engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new approach that begins on the factory floor. It then includes the total effects on the economy, environment and workers. This approach, they say, builds on previous approaches that considered various facets of sustainability. … Read more »

Reckitt Benckiser to Cut Water, Carbon by One-Third

Reckitt Benckiser, whose brands include Clearasil, Mucinex, Lysol and Woolite, has set targets to cut its water use and carbon footprint by a third, and have a third of its net revenue come from more sustainable products, all by 2020 based on 2012 levels. The goals are part of the … Read more »

Over 80% of Manufacturers Call Sustainability Key

Over 80% of Manufacturers Call Sustainability Key

More than 80 percent of manufacturers say sustainability is essential to the success of their business, according to an Underwriters Laboratories report. UL’s 2012 annual global study, The Product Mindset, which examines manufacturer and consumer perceptions about how products are made, sold, bought and consumed, shows sustainable operations and products … Read more »

Nike, Random Hacks of Kindess Partner on Online Sustainable Materials Tool

Nike has partnered with Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) in the Open Challenge for Sustainable Materials, an initiative that asks apparel designers and developers to use sustainable materials listed on the Nike Sustainable Materials Index and build a new database about the suppliers. RHoK, an umbrella organization of hackers founded … Read more »

Free Online Tool Helps Manufacturers Assess Sustainability Efforts

UL Environment, the environmental services unit of Underwriters Laboratories, has launched a free web-based tool to help manufacturers assess their corporate sustainability efforts. The online self-assessment tool is the latest component of the UL’s Sustainability Quotient Program, a system of auditable standards created last year to assess, rate and certify sustainability … Read more »

Tools of the Manufacturing Trade, Part V

Software to the rescue… In part 4 of this series, I introduced the idea of the “design to production pipeline.”  This was to illustrate the design to manufacturing continuum and show a strategy whereby the designer, looking into the pipeline from the design perspective, could see the follow-on steps and … Read more »

Tools of the Green Manufacturing Trade, Part 3

This is a continuation of my discussion of the the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit and related items. In case you’ve missed the past two posting you can see the first here and the second here. Last time we looked at the seven defined steps … Read more »

ASMC: Manufacturers Jump on Board with Sustainability

The importance of sustainability to manufacturers has rocketed over the last two years, according to a study released by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. The 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, says that 59.2 percent of manufacturers now rate sustainability as important or highly important to there success. … Read more »

Getting the Most Out of GRI and Sustainability Reporting

It’s clear that sustainability has become a true protector today against increased costs, damage to brand and reputation, as well as existing and future environmental legal regulations. According to a recent Accenture study, 93 percent of CEOs believe that sustainability practices will be either “important” or “very important” when it comes to … Read more »

Less Is More, Part V

Designing for small In my last article, I stated that one of the challenges is linking product performance to material shape and properties. And then making the next link to environmental impacts/resource requirements. An example of some helpful software that connects material properties to potential environmental impacts/burdens was given. By … Read more »