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Envirowise is encouraging manufacturers to follow three golden rules for resource efficiency during 2010.

The result for companies could be cost savings of as much as GBP1,000 per employee per year, according the company.

The rules are supported by free, practical advice from the Envirowise website, highlighting the best opportunities for saving money and lowering environmental impacts in the year ahead.

First, manufacturers should take a step back from their day-to-day operations and assess their raw material use in particular.

They should ask themselves if they are missing opportunities to reduce product and packaging waste at the source.

Second, manufacturers should invite their workforces to get involved in managing the environmental impacts of their businesses.

Often the best ideas come direct from the shop floor, so Envirowise recommends setting up a forum of environmental specialists who can share ideas with the management team.

Manufacturers can use the Envirowise Behaviour Change Tool on the company’s website to get started.

Third and last, they should work more closely with their supply chains to assess products and services on an environmental and cost basis.

Wastage may be identified in areas including water use, transport or packaging.

A free, ‘traffic-light’-style toolkit to help businesses identify areas that can be addressed is available from the Envirowise website.

Michael Savage, the company’s manufacturing specialist, said: ‘Companies should not underestimate the potential for resource efficiency to help them cut costs and future-proof their business for the years ahead.

‘We know from experience that companies taking action to reduce waste for the first time can save up to GBP1,000 per employee per year, meaning small actions can be multiplied into big results.

‘Actions taken as a result of following these three golden rules could include simple yet highly effective measures, such as modifying the way waste is segregated and recycled.

‘It may also prompt wider-ranging efficiencies such as redesigning products and packaging, using fewer raw materials, requiring less energy to manufacture and helping reduce product waste,’ he added.

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