12 Sustainable Manufacturing Trends To Watch Out For in 2023 & Beyond
Updated: Dec 9, 2022
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As the world slowly becomes more and more environmentally-conscious, sustainable products are becoming more popular. Here are 12 manufacturing trends that will help your retail business go green in 2023 and beyond!
1. Reduction in water usage
According to Manufacturing Global, water conservation will pose a serious issue in 2022 and beyond.
2. Investing in energy-saving machinery
Switching to energy-efficient machinery may appear to be an expensive investment at first, but the long-term advantages surpass the initial expenditures.
3. Integrating AI in manufacturing
The manufacturing industry is typically at the frontline of innovation and has already begun to see heavy investment in artificial intelligence (AI) in order to boost efficiency within supply chains.
4. Use of energy management system
Manufacturing industries are one of the biggest consumers of electric energy. As a result, manufacturers have begun adopting factory energy management systems as a way to reduce energy consumption.
5. Use of natural lighting
While it’s not always feasible to modify facilities for increased natural lighting, manufacturers who have switched to natural lighting are reaping the energy-saving benefits.
6. Waste reduction
Many companies now have an action plan that includes activities like reusing packaging materials, repurposing materials when possible, and transforming scraps into new products.
7. Efficient facility design
Manufacturers who are designing new plants are now taking steps to create more sustainable facilities eg. sourcing construction materials locally. This allows for less energy and resources to be used.
8. Increased interest in bioplastics
Bioplastics are non-petroleum-based plastics that are more environmentally friendly. The increasing use of bioplastic materials in manufacturing is a further step towards making an impact in sustainability.
9. Sustainable logistics
Sustainable shipping is becoming increasingly popular. Companies now work towards reducing transportation emissions that are harmful to the environment.
10. Adoption of a circular economy
Today companies are shifting their existing take, make and throw away model for a circular economy alternative which aims to reuse, reduce and recycle.
11. Adoption of Digital Manufacturing
Digitally enabled manufacturing offers new opportunities for businesses to optimize production for sustainability eg. digital design tools help designers make stronger, lighter parts that use less material and fewer resources to transport.
12. Taking advantage of renewable energy
By taking advantage of larger sustainability trends, manufacturers can explore more opportunities to reduce their environmental impact. Today manufacturers are swapping out damaging materials for more eco-friendly ones whenever they can.