Formulators should consider risks to the water supply when creating new products. Not only does this include the water in the formula, but also clean up and changeover between products.
The drought in California has brought to light not only the amount of water used to grow our food but also the amount of water needed to manufacture it. While much emphasis by the media has been placed on the conservation of water use by farmers and the drought’s impact on food prices, this drought also informs the need to efficiently use water while manufacturing and performing cleanup to prevent stress on community water supplies.
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- Some corporations are including water conservation policies in their goals for corporate responsibility, according to Ceres, a green business advocacy group.
- Water stress is not going to go away. According to a newly released UN Food and Agriculture Organization report, the use of educational and monitoring programs and small changes in operations, such as the installation of taps with automatic shut-off systems, could reduce water consumption by up to 30%.
- The World Wildlife Federation UK produced literature to aid in helping the manufacturing sector identify risks in their supply chain that could affect their businesses, and a framework on how to engage as stewards for water management.
How is your company building the risk into your planning? We would love to hear real-life examples of how water reduction strategies are applied.
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