I recently have been spending a lot of time thinking about the future of cars. The advances in electric and driverless cars have really stolen the show. All of this was brought about recently when I was hit by, non-driverless cars (ie. cars with drivers), I was actually hit twice, once on a bike and the other while stopped at a red light. Both were accidents, but both got me thinking that we sacrifice countless efficiencies when humans are in control of cars. The first one that comes to mind is fuel (and energy) efficiency. If we use computers to drive cars they can more effectively and more quickly communicate with other cars thus reducing time wasted at stoplights or waiting while another driver considers what he or she is going to do. A perfect world could look something like this.
I think that humans are capable of many advances but we are slow to adopt and embrace what technology can do for use because of the fear of change or uncertainty about which of the opportunities we can create would be the best or safest way forward. This gets into a whole different discussion on unintended consequences, but we will save that for a future blog. The gist is, technology has the ability to radically transform life; who would have predicted 10 years ago that we would be able to re-connect with people from our past and present in a single click, or a time when teenagers would not be patiently waiting by the phone on the wall to ring.
One innovation that has been a step forward is the Intercept Technology. It was born out of necessity, when a scientist needed to figure out how to age copper so that during the Statue of Liberty restoration project he was able to match the new copper with the old. From that discovery the Intercept Technology™ was born. We believe that by using this technology we can turn the tide against non-recyclable waste in industries across a wide spectrum that generates tons of waste, make workplaces safer by eliminating outgassing and having no adverse effects from handling it, create essentially unlimited shelf life so wastage is minimized, and, most importantly, optimize efficiencies by reducing wasted and rejected parts that demanded resources to produce. When I think of what an efficient world could like I see images like the traffic video, where we utilize our innovations to maximize efficiency and minimize overall cost.
Todays post from the desk of Albert Greenhut, Director of Operations, Engineered Materials, Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL
Intercept Technology Packaging products fit within a sustainability strategy because they are reusable, recyclable, do not contain or use volatile components (No VOCs, Not a VCI) and leave a smaller carbon footprint than most traditional protective packaging products.