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Practical Sustainability

Utilizing the resource-efficient Scale Free System on your heat exchange equipment will immediately reduce the environmental footprint of a facility by eliminating toxic water treatment chemicals. Given corporate mandates to incorporate sustainable, green technologies into facility operations, installing the Scale Free System Componentry presents a compelling opportunity to generate operational savings while treating water in an environmentally friendly manner. Use of the Scale Free System will also earn points in the LEED system.

Your chemical-free discharge water can be reused for other purposes on site instead of being sent to a treatment facility. The cycles of concentration will increase inside of the system, saving water and reducing costs. The Scale Free System provides a distinct environmental advantage, while mitigating the risk of accidental chemical spills, chronic chemical exposure and bioaccumulation of persistent chemicals in the food chain.

Sustainable Solutions Impact The Environment, Economy and Society

Sustainability quite simply is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well-being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use. We all need to be responsible stewards of our people, our businesses and our environment. 

Whether you are in the manufacturing, healthcare, food, hospitality or educational industries, you have the ability and responsibility to positively influence the communities and environments in which you operate and serve. Sustainability is about creating goods and services without damaging the ability of future generations to provide for themselves. 

Sustainability touches every core of your business from sourcing to manufacturing to shipping.

Human sustainability interfaces with economics through the social and ecological consequences of economic activity. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails, among other factors, international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms; from reappraising work practices (using permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture) to developing and utilizing new technologies that reduce the consumption of resources.

The scheme of sustainable development is shown at the confluence of three constituent parts - environmental, social and economical. The illustration using three overlapping ellipses indicates that the three pillars of sustainability are not mutually exclusive and can be mutually reinforcing.

Materials, Toxic Substances and Waste

The reuse of materials is a sustainable practice that is rapidly growing. As global population and affluence has increased, so has the use of various materials increased in volume, diversity and distance transported. Included here are raw materials, minerals, synthetic chemicals (including hazardous substances), manufactured products, food, living organisms and waste.

Sustainable use of materials has targeted the idea of dematerialization, converting the linear path of materials (extraction, use, disposal in landfill) to a circular material flow that reuses materials as much as possible, much like the cycling and reuse of waste in nature. This approach is supported by product stewardship and the increasing use of material flow analysis at all levels, especially individual countries and the global economy.

Synthetic chemical production has escalated following the stimulus it received during the Second World War Chemical production includes everything from herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to domestic chemicals and hazardous substances. Apart from the build-up of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, chemicals of particular concern include: heavy metals, nuclear waste, chlorofluorocarbons, persistent organic pollutants and all harmful chemicals capable of bioaccumulation. Although most synthetic chemicals are harmless there needs to be rigorous testing of new chemicals, in all countries, for adverse environmental and health effects. International legislation has been established to deal with the global distribution and management of dangerous goods.

Every economic activity produces material that can be classified as waste. To reduce waste industry, business and government are now mimicking nature by turning the waste produced by industrial metabolism into resource. Dematerialization is being encouraged through the ideas of industrial ecology, ecodesign and ecolabelling. In addition to the well-established "reduce, reuse and recycle," shoppers are using their purchasing power for ethical consumerism.

"The system works great.  The downtime we used to have has gone away!"
Dave Sweetman
The Alton Telegrapher