Today marks the 49th annual Earth Day and it will be observed in over 193 countries. For EXAIR, this year marks our 36th year helping compressed air users save compressed air energy and electrical resources.
It is also another year that we continue to focus on manufacturing our products with minimal impact and doing our part to help protect our planet. We are proud to manufacture efficient products, implement processes and programs throughout our facility to help use our resources wisely and recycle everything we possibly can.
First and foremost, we manufacture and sell Intelligent Compressed Air Products that are specifically designed to reduce the use of compressed air throughout facilities. On top of that, when you purchase an EXAIR product it will arrive in fully recyclable packaging and, in most cases, is made from a material that will be recyclable should it reach a point it is no longer useful.
Over the past years we continually look for improvement opportunities within our systems and processes. Recently we have made improvements to the efficiency of our computers and computer servers which require fewer Kilowatt hours (KWH) per day. We have further reduced our wastewater for reclamation by another 17%, and minimized our own compressed air use by 1 million cubic feet.
We use our very own Chip Trapper Systems in our manufacturing areas to extend the water soluble coolant life from 6 weeks per changeover to 6 months per changeover. Keeping our coolant clean allows us to minimize the total amount of wastewater we recycle each year.
EXAIR recycles 100% of the metal scrap from our machining processes, which equates to 6.5 tons. Our cardboard and mixed paper products are also recycled 100%. Of the waste we place into our trash dumpsters – 80% is recycled and 20% is sent to the landfill.
In total over the past year, EXAIR recycled 36.6 tons of paper and cardboard which equates to 80% of the solid waste we produce is recycled. We focus on more ways to improve this percentage every year.
Another waste reducing factor that has proven to work out well for EXAIR is asking every customer if they accept digital invoices rather than requiring them to be printed and mailed. Thanks to our wonderful customers we have been able to eliminate 91% of all printed and mailed invoices which helps to reduce our resources used as well as the amount of materials that are possibly turned into solid wastes at their facilities. This also prevents the gas and vehicles necessary to deliver all of these invoices by mail.
On top of all the efforts above, we also continue to maintain RoHS compliance on all electronic products, as well as actively track our supply chains to ensure no Conflict Minerals are being sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
If you have any questions on how we can help your facility reduce their volume of compressed air or why we continue to reduce our wastes and increase our recycling efforts, contact us.
Happy Earth Day from EXAIR!
Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring