As our planet grows closer to an imminent climate crisis, people and businesses have started reevaluating every aspect of American life, society and industry. People have pledged to reduce their electricity use and politicians have proposed legislation to curb carbon emissions and promote investment in green energy sources. Businesses, too, have begun finding more environmentally responsible ways to conduct business.
Recycled Plastic Lumber
Finding ways to reuse plastic materials is an essential part of decreasing land pollution and reducing the amount of garbage that goes to landfills. Creating high-quality plastic lumber is an innovative way to curb two environmental hazards: pollution and deforestation. Instead of cutting down trees for lumber, companies can create cribbing timbers and other high-quality lumber from high-density polyethylene plastic; these are the kinds of plastics found in milk jugs, detergent bottles and other common containers. Creating high-quality lumber out of these plastics allows companies to reduce our garbage levels while giving industrial builders access to a new kind of lumber.
Green Data Centers
Server farms, entire buildings dedicated to housing and running a company’s internal servers, have been linked to increased greenhouse gas emissions. As the use of digital technologies expands, some companies have started innovating to make their data centers more energy-efficient. One example is lights-out data centers; these buildings are designed to be almost completely automated without any on-sight personnel. Since no one needs to enter the building, the center can be run completely without lighting, cutting down on energy costs. Many other data centers are designed to cool servers more effectively, cutting down on a major source of power consumption.
At first glance, data centers and lumber sourcing don’t seem very related. But these are two examples of behind-the-scenes industries that are crucial for modern business infrastructure to function. Making these industries greener will move our society closer to saving the planet.