Green businesses are always looking for a way to make their products and operations just a little greener. However, when “going green” equates to saving a lot of “green” the decision becomes a no brainer. Eco-Absorbent Technologies manufactures an environmentally friendly spill absorbent, Eco>Absorb™, that helps reduce the environmental impact of pollutants and toxic chemicals. On Earth Day in 2011, Eco-Absorbent Technologies announced via Twitter that the company would be installing energy efficient lighting throughout the office and manufacturing plant.
The process started with a free energy audit from Southern California Edison. Their representative came to the facility to offer advice and guidance on how Eco>Absorb could reduce energy usage and what rebates were available to help defer the cost. The initial energy audit indicated that the company could save over 41,000 kWh annually and cut energy costs by over $7000 per year. With the additional rebates offered by Southern California Edison it became clear that the path to energy efficiency was going to be easy.
From there, the ball passed to Energy Retrofit Co. based in Temecula, California. Their expertise in converting to energy efficient lighting options and their familiarity with Edison’s rebate program made Energy Retrofit an easy choice. Within just a few days their top notch team had converted all of the old 400W ballasts hanging in the warehouse into energy efficient T5 lighting with motion sensor technology. So now, the Eco>Absorb manufacturing plant lights up as employees stroll across the 24,000 sf facility, and the lights turn off 10 minutes after they leave. Additionally, the office was equipped with motion sensing light switches to ensure that no one leaves the lights on after they have left the office.
As Eco-Absorbent Technologies continues to grow we are looking at other ways we can reduce our impact and keep going green. Some other projects include: buying company branded water bottles to avoid using Styrofoam cups, increasing recycling efforts, transitioning away from disposable plates and plastic utensils, using recycled packaging and shipping products, and prospects to add solar panels to our manufacturing plant.
Jonathan Dunn, our company’s Director of Sales and Marketing states, “sustainability is not something that a company does once and then it is over. True sustainability takes careful planning, incremental change, and continual effort to be vigilant of what resources are being used and what steps a company can take to reduce their impact. We will never be finished implementing our sustainability program.”
Going green for some is simply a way to ride the current tide of public support. But for companies who are committed to reducing costs, reducing their impact, and making a positive change to sustain our natural resources, going green is much more than a marketing tactic.