You might say green is the new way to stay in the black.
Several industry manufacturers have made eco-friendly
operational changes that are saving the planet and the
Often the decision has been spurred by the recession,
rising energy costs and society’s push to go
The Branchburg, N.J. headquarters of Pegasus Products
now is 100 percent solar-powered. Last fall, the firm
completed the installation of a series of rooftop solar
panels with the help of a 30 percent government grant
offered to companies that produce clean energy. Pegasus
Products projects it will recoup its $275,000 investment
within the next few years.
“It’s good for the environment and
it’s good for business,” said Frank
Patel, company founder/owner.
Merlin Industries Inc. is running on solar, too. The
vinyl liner and pool cover manufacturer began installing a
three-solar power system at its corporate headquarters and
manufacturing plant in Hamilton, N.J., in autumn 2009. The
system is designed to handle nearly 100 percent of the
power requirements of the facility. “When we were
shown the carbon offset figures of the system, it blew us
away!” said Merlin Industries President Andrew
Maggion in a press release.
The addition of the solar power system is just one part
of Merlin Industries’ ECO green initiative, which
started with recycling efforts implemented company
Another industry manufacturer, Pentair Water Commercial
Pool and Aquatics, has committed to being green by using
some of its own line of green products in its plants. The
company employs its variable- frequency drive systems
in-house to streamline down to the exact power needed,
cutting wasteful power consumption.
Other companies making changes include:
- Emperor Aquatics now provides a lamp recycling
process for used lamps. According to Scott Paparella, a
company spokesperson, the process recycles the glass
and prevents the lamps’ toxic mercury content
from seeping into the soil and/or water supply.
It’s all part of manufacturers’
responsibility to provide for the whole life of the
product, he added.
- Cardinal Systems is expanding its
recycling program and also has installed a more
efficient heating system that includes burners powered
by materials recycled from in-house.
- Water Tech Inc. now is participating in The Big
Green Box battery recycling program, an international
battery recycling effort for consumers and
- Pen Fabricators recycles all scrap vinyl and
cardboard rolls and is a nearly 80 percent paperless
- Flexible Solutions’ pool division provides
most marketing and training materials digitally.
“We have decreased both our spending and our
waste by creating CDs and DVDs with all our product
information, rather than printing vast amounts of
literature,” said Monique Nelson,
- Orbeco-Hellig has redesigned some packaging. The
new packaging reduces box sizes by up to 30 percent,
using less cardboard and making storage and shipping
- Hayward Pool Products implemented several green
initiatives after completing a series of energy audits.
The company has significantly reduced its use of power
via small changes, including the installation of motion
sensors and special curtains that reduce the loss of
heat in shipping and receiving areas. Additionally, all
packaging and shipping materials now are paper-based,
and a recycling program was implemented.
- OpenAire has committed to several green initiatives
including using water soluable fabrication materials,
working with eco-friendly vendors, implementing an
in-house recycling program, and reducing electricity
usage during off-peak hours.