As green movements gain traction across the globe and consumers increasingly seek out sustainable products, many manufacturers are implementing eco-friendly initiatives throughout their work processes.
At The Rodon Group, we’re committed to nurturing an ethos of environmental sustainability in everything we do. Over the years, we’ve instituted a number of green initiatives, all of which have helped us become one of the most sustainable leaders in the plastic injection molding industry.
These green initiatives have allowed us to streamline our manufacturing process in order to reduce excess packaging, transportation costs and carbon output, waste, water consumption, and energy. Below, we’ve outlined four of our major sustainability efforts.
We buy our largest volume resins in bulk and store them in silos, with nearly 10,000,000 lbs of resin annually. In 2016, we purchased 4,000,000 lbs of polypropylene, equivalent to 45,000 lbs per bulk truck or 30 gaylords per bulk truckload, thus saving 3000 gaylords in the process.
The workhorse of shipping, cardboard is very easy to recycle if the proper policies are in place. We recycle more than 20% of all cardboard boxes coming into Rodon facilities, and this percentage continues to grow every year.
We also conserve cardboard on the way out, making use of servo robots to stack completed goods for shipping. Not only does this reduce packing time, but it also reduces wasted space. Today, cartons shipped from Rodon are between 300% and 400% more full than they were in the past, significantly reducing overall cardboard use. We’re proud to offer all of our customers a returnable and reusable packaging program as well.
These cardboard recycling and reduction initiatives pay off hugely. Annually, they save 150 tons of cardboard, enough to cover three football fields; 1,800,000 gallons of water; and 275,000-kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power the average American home for 18 years.
The Rodon Group was among the first injection molding facilities to be recognized for its green manufacturing efforts by Sustainable Waste Solutions (SWS), which officially designated us as a Landfill Free Facility.
SWS is a leading provider of environmentally friendly waste management solutions for various industries throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware. Every ounce of scrap generated at Rodon facilities is taken in by SWS; they then either recycle it or process it in advanced energy-from-waste facilities, generating enough electricity to power tens of thousands of homes throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Rodon Group is also a member of Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECW), the largest private demand-response provider in North America.
We joined ECW’s program to improve our energy-use practices, implementing various common-sense energy savings initiatives, such as simple motion-sensor-activated lighting setups to save electricity. We’ve also established more complex demand-response operations; for instance, we reduce our energy use during peak periods of demand (usually during the extremely hot summer months) to help maintain electricity availability for the surrounding community and minimize the risk of blackouts.
The Rodon team has been recognized by PPL Electric Utilities Corporation for our energy-efficient initiatives and was also included in the E-Power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll thanks to our various efforts.
All colorants, resins, lubricants, and cleaners — every chemical used during production in Rodon facilities — are guaranteed to be nontoxic and nonhazardous. Additionally, all resins we use for our large-volume injection molding processes come from sources that have been certified by the FDA, RoHS, REACH, and NSF.
These nontoxic chemicals and resins are not only better for the environment, but they’re also better for our staff, our customers, and our end consumers.
When looking for a high-volume injection molding partner for your next job of a million parts or more, it’s important to consider companies’ green manufacturing initiatives, as these signify a commitment to quality, sustainability, and optimal safety.
To learn more about how The Rodon Group is continually improving our environmental sustainability and green manufacturing efforts, or to discuss how these practices can help with your next large-volume injection molding project, contact us today.