We’re intent on growing our business while reducing our footprint.
There are always more ways to reduce the energy used in our manufacturing processes. You just have to know where to look. With this idea in mind, Dal-Tile has embarked on a series of energy treasure hunts designed to engage manufacturing experts within our plants in the search for energy-saving solutions. Teams form with members from different functional areas and together review a plant’s lighting, motors, compressors and everything else that uses energy. The group then reconvenes to brainstorm possible savings opportunities, with the goal of implementing as many projects as possible. On average, teams have uncovered savings of at least $1 million at each facility. That’s treasure worth seeking.
Transitioning to an electronic invoice processing system might seem like an unlikely sustainability initiative. But Mohawk crunched the numbers and found that this small change could save significant volumes of paper and energy. We recently reached 5 million invoices processed with Tungsten Network, a system that digitizes vendors’ billing files. To date, we have saved 15 million sheets of paper and enough energy to drive a car more than 133,000 miles, as well as increasing invoice processing speed and decreasing errors.
Last year, team members within Dal-Tile’s Muskogee, Oklahoma, manufacturing plant saved more than 2,000 tons of waste and materials from ending up in the local landfill, earning the plant certification as a Zero Landfill facility for the second year in a row. Simple changes went a long way toward maintaining the distinction, including making it convenient for the Muskogee team to transfer and sort recyclables, talking about recycling practices and goals at plant meetings, and sending out a weekly newsletter with information about ways to recycle at work and at home. To continuously improve, Muskogee set new goals in 2017 to enhance cardboard recycling practices, add collection points for recycling plastic film, and get more team members involved in the Zero Landfill auditing process.