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Why now is the time to replace your disposable filters with reusable environmentally friendly alternatives

Talk of environmental issues is everywhere. Especially in the last few years, as nations across the world have realised that the way industry has been continuing is not sustainable.

Talk of environmental issues is everywhere. Especially in the last few years, as nations across the world have realised that the way industry has been continuing is not sustainable.

The Climate Change Act introduced in 2008, and more recently, the 2020 Energy Act both have the goal of cutting the U.K.’s carbon emissions, with the aim of a reduction of 80% by 2050.

While the 2050 goal seems distant, many organisations are taking action now, as the increased public awareness of the damage we are doing to our planet feels ever more present.

To go green, industries are looking at what they can change to help take better care of our planet for future generations – and landfill waste has been a top priority for many.

THE LANDFILL PROBLEM

While landfill areas were once seen as a solution to our disposable society, their incidence is becoming a global issue.

Three of the main problems that come from landfill are all to do with pollution. Toxins such are mercury and lead, leachate (a form of liquid run-off which comprises of methane and carbon dioxide among others) and greenhouses gasses all contribute to landfills emitting 432,000 cubic feet of contaminated waste per day.

Despite efforts by governments across the world to reduce the amount of waste we produce, the number is steadily increasing. We currently produce 3.5 million tons of waste per day, ten times the amount than 100 years ago.

Nations agree that we cannot go on polluting the earth in this way – but how can organisations who use filters play their part?

CLEANING UP – TAKING DISPOSABLE FILTERS OUT OF THE EQUATION

Industrial filters are just one part of a more complex build-up of commercial waste. Disposable filters that are sent to landfill contain a concoction of different waste chemicals. For example, a typical auto manufacturing plant will get rid of filters that are saturated with coolant liquid, lubricating oils, metal shards and powder residue. Switching from disposable filters which need regularly replacing to re-useable filters benefits the planet and your organisation in three main ways.

The re-useable filter stays in situ for the life of the machine, or the part. This means plants that switch to these parts are saving thousands of filters from ending up in a landfill.

Secondly, switching to re-useable filters reduces the number of trucks on the road transporting disposable filters; fewer vehicles mean less overall pollution. Thirdly, the price of investing once in a re-useable part is significantly less than the cost of continually replacing parts over the lifetime of the machine.

But the benefits don’t stop there – going ‘green’ is going to be essential for companies that want to survive in an increasingly challenging post-pandemic world.

CUSTOMER PERCEPTION

Going green should not just be a performative act to appease customers, although there is a customer-pleasing incentive behind demonstrating your environmental credentials.

Recent research found that customers are overwhelmingly more likely to continue their relationship with your company if you are known to be involved in environmentally friendly practices.

A recent study on corporate responsibility found that –

• 92% are more likely to trust a company that supports social or environmental issues.
• 88% will be more loyal to a company that supports social or environmental issues.
• 87% of consumers have a more positive image of a company that supports social or environmental issues.

As you can see, environmental issues are significantly important to the way customers view your brand, which will be essential in the future of our post-pandemic world.

The organisations of the future will be as green as possible, and ones who fail to adapt will struggle to continue to engage their customers.

SWITCHING TO REUSABLE FILTERS – THE FUTURE OF FILTRATION

To succeed in the environmentally-conscious world we now live in, industries must adapt.

But when an organisation has been operating in the same way for many years, introducing a new method can be challenging.

What traditional industries must bear in mind is that the world is continuing to change, and outdated methods must make way for new practices for us all to be able to enjoy the one planet we have.

At Croft Filters, we are dedicated to protecting the environment, which is why we created the Croft Interchange. Originally developed with the Shell STEP programme, the interchange allows companies who are currently using disposable filters to explore how they can make the change.

If your organisation is currently using disposable filters, you can send a sample of the filter. Our experts will then assess, for free, if we can produce a metal part instead, which can be cleaned or refurbished and then continue to be used – no more sending filters to landfill.

NEXT STEPS

To find out more about the wide range of filters that Croft can produce for your organisation; to keep costs down while saving the planet, head to our filters page here.

ABOUT US

At Croft, we aim to supply industrial additive manufactured components to our customers, helping them to fully utilise the technology to suit their individual needs and to solve their unique problems. Working as a team, we deliver exceedingly, high-quality products and service.

Benefits of the additive process, such as part weight reduction, multi-part to a single component and expanded design capabilities, allow our customers to re-think their approach to their designs to improve the efficiency, utility or aesthetics of their parts.

Supported by more than 30 years of engineering experience through Croft’s sister company Croft Filters Ltd, Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) is committed to supplying AM parts of the highest quality, and also educating decision-makers in markets that could benefit from additive technology.