Reduce, reuse, recycle. If more people and businesses heed this call, the world and our environment will certainly become a better, safer and healthier place to live in. Aside from the environmental implication, recycling is good for business, too.
1. Save energy and waste costs
There is no doubt that recycling has multiple benefits for everyone. Recycling is easier on the wallet. Reusing, upcycling and recycling old products in everyday use are great ways to save money and reduce more waste landfill. It is the same with businesses.
Making products from recycled materials requires less energy than making them from new raw materials. To get an idea of the potential energy cut costs a business can expect, here are some energy saving facts (friendsoftheearth.uk). You do the maths.
- Producing new aluminium from old (including recycled cans and foil) uses 95% less energy than making it from scratch. For steel, it’s about a 70% energy saving.
- Making paper from pulped recycled paper uses 40% less energy than making it from virgin wood fibres.
- The amount of energy saved from recycling one glass bottle could power an old 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours – and a new low-energy LED equivalent for a lot longer.
According to the same source, disposing of recycled waste is at least six times cheaper than general waste collection and disposal. Businesses should recycle and reuse raw materials and end products as much as possible to cut production and recycling costs down.
2. Shift to greener and cleaner technologies
Recycling gives businesses the push they need to operate using greener technologies and improve production to conserve energy, reduce pollution and eliminate unwanted waste. For example, recycling plastic means creating less new plastic, decreasing the need to employ more toxic manufacturing, as plastic is usually made from fossil fuel hydrocarbons.
At Isowall Group, we manufacture expanded polystyrene (EPS), which is a 100% sustainable and recyclable material. The process is much cleaner, safer and toxin-free. All discarded material resulted from production is recycled and reused according to our ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy. You can read more about it here.
3. Create more job opportunities
One of the major benefits of recycling is that it creates more jobs in the community. Recycling helps create more employment opportunities for the local economy, both in the recycling industry and manufacturing. This way, businesses contribute to job creation. Furthermore, new businesses are launched with a focus on recycled goods, cross-selling and up-selling opportunities brought by recycling.
Isowall Group has been certified as complying with ISO 14001:2015 environmental and ISO 9001:2015 quality standards.
Isowall recycles responsibly. Hebcooler – a range of EPS Cups and Tubs under the Isolite brand – is 100% recyclable. The scrap from the manufacturing of Hebcooler EPS Cups and Tubs and any returned polystyrene are used to make Isowood dado rails and skirting boards.