Project: Concerns about the environment are not the only motives that commercial producers adopt ‘green manufacturing’ procedures. They also serve these companies by reducing waste they have to deal with, conserving resources they need to acquire, cutting their energy bills, saving money on insurance, etc.

Project: Concerns about the environment are not the only motives that commercial producers adopt ‘green manufacturing’ procedures. They also serve these companies by reducing waste they have to deal with, conserving resources they need to acquire, cutting their energy bills, saving money on insurance, etc. Furthermore, green manufacturing can benefit companies by attracting customers. Thus, part of a green manufacturing company’s initiative involves informing potential customers about its environmentally responsible manufacturing methods. The eco artists in this section have devised diverse ways to inform the public about the original processes and materials that they utilized. Perform some simple task (e.g. drinking water or communicating with your friend) in an unconventional manner that represents a sustainable strategy. Then create photographs, drawings, a performance, poetry, or a song to inform an audience about what you did and how you did it.

Research / Discussion: The word ‘manufacture’ usually refers to producing something on a large industrial scale with machines and labor to produce something for sale in order to make a profit. ‘Green manufacture’ may seem alien to this definition, but, surprisingly, its origin can be traced to the writings of Henry Ford, the American industrialist who founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Ford introduced the “4 R’s” that serve as the gospel of environmentalists to this day:

Refuse to make environmental waste.

-If waste can’t be eliminated, reduce it.

-If it can’t be reduced, reuse it.

-If it can’t be reused, recycle it.

The ideal Ford strove to achieve was to “have nothing to salvage.” Consider any work discussed in this section and analyze it according to Ford’s “4 R” system of green manufacture.