Waste Elimination
What is Lean Waste Elimination?
May 6, 2022
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Micro disciplines key to world-leading productivity
May 11, 2022
Waste Elimination
What is Lean Waste Elimination?
May 6, 2022
Micro disciplines
Micro disciplines key to world-leading productivity
May 11, 2022
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The Win/Win of Waste Elimination

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Climate change, Circular Economy, and Business Sustainability are such large topics, that it can be daunting to even think about starting to tackle them. I myself, feel an overwhelming inability to be able to address such a large and complex issue. However, doing nothing is not an option either. I do applaud companies such as Pic’s Peanut Butter who have covered their entire roof with photovoltaic cells. However, for those of us that are not ready for such a radical investment, there are more gradual ways to start making a difference.

Lean transformation as taught by Taiichi Ohno is built on the premise that true transformation is often the accumulation of many small adaptations. In a similar fashion, a business sustainability transformation can be achieved by many small adaptations that are implemented across the business.

In fact, there is a significant overlap between Continuous Improvement through waste elimination and a transformation to a sustainable business model.

Waste in the Lean Philosophy, so-called Muda, can be defined as “any used resource that does not add value to the client”. Some examples are; running a line without any product, time and labour-intensive switches between product lines, excess water use to wash down equipment, large amounts of off-cuts, and the correction of defects.

Some waste is easy to spot, but most of it is so ingrained that it is difficult to identify, let alone eliminate. It is therefore broken down into the 8 Lean Wastes. Instilling a disciplined approach to eliminate these 8 wastes will be a transformation into a more sustainable business model through increased resource efficiency.

A win/win situation for both the environment and your business.

I’d love it if you can share how you have managed to become more sustainable through waste elimination in your organisation.

About the author: Liddy Bakker is the Productivity Improvement and Climate Action Specialist at Productivity People