How Warehouses Have Become More Environmentally Friendly

How Warehouses Have Become More Environmentally Friendly

Today, many businesses are joining the green movement to improve the health of the environment. The warehouse is one facility that should get extra attention when a company goes green. Warehouses use many lights, tend to be harder to cool or heat, and use packaging that can become wasteful. Here is how warehouses have become more environmentally friendly.

Packaging

Companies that seek to go green should try using less packaging or invest in biodegradable alternatives. This starts by replacing the materials used in your warehouses. Biodegradable packaging can compost, so it will not be in a landfill for long. This decreases your company’s carbon footprint.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

Changing lightbulbs is another way warehouses have become more environmentally friendly. Standard and fluorescent bulbs are bad for the environment. Fluorescent lamps contain mercury that escapes as a gas into the air and landfills. Further, standard bulbs need to be replaced more often. Try eco-friendly LED bulbs instead. Also, consider lights with sensors so that that they turn off automatically when no one needs them.

Reusing

Every green company knows to recycle and reduce the amount of waste created. There is a third important part of going green: reusing. Business owners should seek to reuse anything possible—from packaging to pallets. Once you consider the environmental impact of wooden pallets¸ for instance, you will likely opt for reused pallets.

Proper Insulation and Cooling

It is important to keep your warehouse warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, air-conditioning can be as costly, as it is bad for the environment. Consider using large industrial fans instead. You can also invest in a special “cooling roof” that is not as sensitive to heat. And for the colder months, consider installing eco-friendly insulation. It is more expensive upfront but provides savings in the long run because you will use less heat.