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Orange County environmental protection division works with local businesses to go green

Corporate sustainability has become synonymous with social and environmental responsibility. One Apopka-based company, Bloem LLC, which manufactures innovative outdoor garden products, took the initiative to upgrade older manufacturing equipment in an effort to drive sustainability and reduce operational costs.

It also upgraded to an LED lighting system and made several other eco-friendly changes. The result has been a greener and safer workplace, and a return on investment.

“The new equipment uses a fraction of the air, electrical and hydraulic utilities,” said Bradford Whaley, Bloem’s maintenance manager. “Additionally, the switch to LED lighting has provided immediate savings on our plant’s energy costs.”

Bloem recognized what processes needed to be improved and made the necessary changes to benefit both the environment and the company’s bottom line. Many other companies could see positive returns by making similar changes, but are not sure how to get started. The Orange County Environmental Protection Division has a free service that can help. Local businesses can contact the Pollution Prevention (P2) Program to find ways to reduce air emissions, wastewater discharges, energy and water consumption, and the amount of both hazardous and solid waste they generate.