Environmentalists have been saying that we need to quit polluting our world and transform our civilization into a more eco-friendly one; and they’re completely right. We are now living in a world where there is a push for more eco-friendly industrial products, businesses, and industries. This makes sustaining our environment extremely important for the present and the future. Although these measures may initially cost more, they give us a great solution for a sustainable future. The cost of polluting our environment is becoming increasingly obvious and unless we take steps now, we will ruin the lives of future generations.
Let’s take a quick look at how the green revolution is impacting today’s society:
Eco-Friendly Industrial Products
While most people think of green industrial products as chemical-free cleaning products, these products can include materials like steel, too.
Chemical-free products, ranging from those used for household cleaning to those used in manufacture, provide better cleaning, decrease air and water pollution, use biodegradable ingredients, minimize ozone depletion, and reduce VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which are dangerous to your health.
The green revolution has also affected materials’ science. One example is harder steel wear plates. Green Steel Technology trademarked by the AJ Weller Corporation is used to produce alloy steel wear plates for high demand applications. Unlike conventional steel wear plates, this technology is hard enough to resist the usual abrasion that limits the efficacy of other steel wear plates on the market.
As millions of people work in offices across the country, they use an enormous amount of energy and produce an enormous amount of paper waste.
Businesses are reducing energy costs by encouraging telecommuting, giving workers the flexibility to work one or more days at home. Telecommuting reduces electrical costs in the office and in the building because workers are now working from home. Telecommuting also cuts down the number of cars on the road by 2 million, which in turn saves 840 million gallons of gas a year. If gas is calculated at $3.50 a gallon, drivers also save about $1,186 a year in gas prices. Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by more than 6,500 pounds as an effect of this.
In addition, businesses are reducing paper waste by transitioning to a paperless environment. By working on computers and using virtual documents stored in virtual files, there is less need for workers to use paper for work. Businesses are also encouraging their customers to go paperless by accepting e-bills and e-statements via email to reduce the amount of paper sent out through regular postal mail.
Technology businesses that use the most amount of electricity are big data centers, consuming as much as 1.2% of the country’s entire electricity consumption. Data centers use more than double of what their consumption used to be at the turn of the century. Obviously, this is a problem. One initiative is to switch from alternating current, which became popular because it could carry electricity over long distances, to direct current, which works well for the shorter distances in data centers and which works remarkably well in reducing cooling costs.
The industries leading the charge to go green are the manufacturing industry, the freight industry, and the energy industry.
The biggest consumer of energy is the manufacturing industry. Around 70% of their power consumption comes from equipment that uses multiple motors. The remaining 30% comes from heating and cooling expenses. New manufacturing machines that are less consuming are in development.
Shipping goods by road, rail, plane, or shipping are becoming increasingly difficult due to rising costs of fuel. Local Transportation restricts some costs, but they can be regional, national, or international. Shipping companies are looking for ways to reduce their costs by using hybrid fuel vehicles for transportation.
Traditionally, power plants have used fossil fuels to generate their power. Since these types of fuels are non-renewable, they are gradually exhausting the remaining reserves in the environment. Once these fuels are all used up, they can’t be replaced.
The energy industry is now using renewable fuel sources like wind and solar power because power plants aren’t a sustainable source of power. As a result of this initiative and progressive thinking, we are now seeing wind turbine centers and solar power plants.
In addition, the energy industry is moving away from using large transformers to cleaner, more eco-friendly ways of producing power.
Motivation and Momentum
When it comes to industrial products, businesses, and industries, the movement to go green is partially motivated by humanitarian interests. What this will do is leave a sustainable environment for future generations. Going green often increases efficiency and cuts down costs. Green steel, for example, endures longer than traditional steel and direct current reduces the cooling costs of big data centers. While remarkable innovation has made it easier to go green, much more work still needs to be done to incentivize more businesses and industries to join the green revolution.