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Sustainable manufacturing is defined by processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and other natural resources, and address the economic and safety needs of employees, communities, and consumers.
Sustainable manufacturing isn’t a new concept, but it is playing a larger role in shaping industrial operations. Much of this pressure is coming from customers who are factoring sustainability into their purchasing decisions. Increasingly, investors favor companies that are committed to responsible environmental practices. As a result, a legitimate commitment to sustainable manufacturing has become key to remaining competitive. Now industrial companies are forced to balance existing profitable operations against the potential market value of ‘green’ practices.