IFS internal sustainability
At IFS we are always looking for ways to improve our environmental impact. And if we can also improve efficiency at the same time – bonus!
Some of our recent investments have done just that. In early 2015 we introduced a new system to help collect and reduce fines. Fines are undersize particles created during powder production. They are actually good powder but end up being waste. Waste obviously becomes landfill, which we want to reduce. A new system was installed to help rework powder fines more efficiently and within 6 months we could see a 30% reduction in landfill waste. That means higher efficiencies, less scrap and a smaller environmental footprint.
Investing in technology
As you know, IFS manufacturing is set up to service our customer’s needs with orders large and small. Investing in new production machinery that will continue to produce high quality powder is a big part of that endeavor. Ensuring we have good, quality modern machinery also means we can monitor our energy use and constantly look for ways to be more energy efficient.
Simple changes, big savings
Being ‘the environmentally responsible choice’ is part of the IFS DNA and IFS staff really do care. A quick look on the US Department of Energy website highlighted a step by step guide to where the biggest energy uses might be. Air conditioning is a necessity, but really contributes towards energy usage in a big way. Simply investing in smarter thermostats allows us to have better control in varying the temperatures depending on when that room or building is being used and is creating significant energy savings. Similarly, investing in motion sensor lights in our production and warehousing areas means we only use energy when we need it.
Making sure our powder can be reclaimed and recycled or reused is important to us, but so is ensuring our packaging minimizes environmental impact. IFS boxes are made from 68% recycled materials and our bags are biodegradable. Watch this space for updates on bags that are also 50% recycled materials!
The IFS team is encouraged to recycle
Magazines, catalogs and newspapers
Cardboard, boxes and plastics
Shred and recycle paper