Sustainable manufacturing is a broad term that includes making products using less energy and materials, producing less waste, using fewer hazardous materials, or offering products that are recyclable or use less energy. Sustainable manufacturing principles can range from simple process improvements to large investments in new technologies and product redesign.

Sustainability is not a new concept, but many small and medium-sized manufacturers worry that the costs
will outweigh the benefits. However, business that integrate sustainability into their growth strategy can benefit from lower costs, increased efficiencies, quality improvements, while building brand value and providing a competitive edge.


A Case For Sustainability

Investing in sustainability means something different for every New York City business, however, manufacturers are
realizing the many practical short- and long-term financial benefits to implementing environmentally conscious improvements. Such practices help organizations become more efficient, competitive and profitable.

benefits of sustainable manufacturing

ITAC is committed to helping manufacturers focus on the bottom line to measure their financial, social and environmental performance. Whether you are looking to improve cost effectiveness or efficiencies in your operation or to comply with sustainability regulations, our trained experts can work with you to identify opportunities for improvement and savings, build strategies, and measure the return on investments in order to fully realize the benefits of sustainable manufacturing.

An investment in sustainability helped Greenpoint-based Van Leeuwen reduce waste and energy consumption while increasing revenue. Get the inside scoop on their success story here.



ITAC is the NYC chapter of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network, affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These non-profit organizations deliver technical, consulting, and workforce development services to small and medium-sized businesses in the manufacturing community.

The insight for this article originated from NIST MEP.