Turn Green to Gold

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Turn Green to Gold!

Sustainability and

Closed-Loop Recycling


Green manufacturing, sustainability and recycling programs,

and their related issues should be seen as opportunities for all

of us involved in the manufacturing, distribution and return of

goods, as it can afford those along the extended supply chain

with opportunities for:

 Improved cost containment, reductions in labor, material and risk

 New products, services, and market leadership

 Positive response to increasingly regulated environments

 Reduction in wastes of all kinds

 Capitalize on growing eco-friendly consumer awareness and desire

 Contribute to Companies’ ecological and environmental responsibilities

 Improve the reuse, repurpose and recycling of products

Let’s Turn Green to Gold!

Ask your stakeholders about their Sustainability and

Recycling programs

 What is being done presently to avoid misuse, to extend life of

items and to minimize waste costs?

 Do the business practices support sustainable development?

 Are you benefiting from the influence that sustainability

awareness has on consumer behavior

Is there a more sustainable or green manufacturing and

distribution environment you should embrace?


Common definition used for sustainable development

and environmental sustainability comes from the 1987

Brundtland Report*:

 “Meeting the needs of the present generation

without compromising the ability of future generations

to meet their own needs.”

Sustainable or green manufacturing involves avoiding

waste and minimizing costs from the point of sourcing

raw material through the end of life, as well as reuse or


 Recognizing there are costs and financial consequences

that are reflected in the total cost of producing products

* Our Common Future aka Brundtland Report (1987), Oxford: Oxford University Press

United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)