Chapter 1Question Wasteful Practices

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The groundswell associated with the environment is changing industry. Employees who completed school 10 and fewer years ago ask their managers, “Why are we doing such and such a thing?” They’re bringing in waste-reduction ideas.

—Ian McKeown, senior engineerof Health, Safety, and Environment, Polaroid

THIS chapter focuses on the first of the four Lean and Green steps: Question wasteful practices, and design Lean and Green steps to benefit profit and planet. Get people in your organization to think creatively to arrive at Lean and Green solutions; for the most dramatic benefits, encourage them especially to think about steps before waste is created. Many of the Lean and Green companies’ best ideas for ...

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