Sustainable Manufacturing is defined by the US Department of Commerce "as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers and are economically sound.”
We define Sustainable Manufacturingas a business practice of the industrial sector, which expands
all the company’s processes and decisions into the social and natural environments
it operates in and affects, with the explicit objective of having a neutral or positive impact, while pursuing the desired level of
technological and economic performance.
The precise definition is less important
than the acceptance that manufacturing needs to transform itself along the
principles and objectives of sustainable development. There is an undeniable consensus
in the global scientific community on the fact that Earth’s main cycles are
altered by us, humans. We live in the Anthropocene, a period in Earth’s history
started by the Industrial Revolution, a period that coincides with modern
We have an obligation to share the
achievements of modern civilization equitably with all current and future
generations, while ensuring that the global human footprint does not exceed the
Earth’s capacity to sustain its diverse, complex and unique biosphere.
Industrial manufacturing is at the core of Anthropocene. A return to pre-industrial manufacturing as
a way to bring humanity back in balance with the Earth’s natural cycles is not an
option. The only viable option is to make certain changes: how goods are
manufactured, exchanged, transported, valued; where goods are manufactured in
relation to where they are consumed or used; the boundaries and timeline a
manufacturing entity is responsible for; how value created by manufacturing is
Manufacturing Consulting embraces
these changes. It is founded on the conviction that sustainability creates
great opportunities for resilience, competitiveness and innovation to
manufacturing companies transitioning from the carbon-constrained economy of
the 20th century to the circular, carbon-neutral, fair, prosperous economy of
the 21st century.
Manufacturing Consulting provides
professional services and practical solutions to manufacturing companies
interested in incorporating sustainability in their business model and
Our mission is to help US small and medium sized
manufacturers drive the change for sustainable manufacturing and succeed on the
triple top line: economic, social and natural.
is based on and strongly supports scientific discovery, engineering work, technological innovation and creative thinking.