How "green" is your supplier?

  Vacuum Pumps Vacuum Cups
Atlanta, GA 4,753 574 14,084 574
Boston, MA 3,643 1,216 12,974 1,216
Chicago, IL 4,658 318 13,958 318
Dallas, TX 5,408 629 14,739 629
Detroit, MI 4,348 552 13,679 552
Los Angeles, CA 6,628 1,814 15,959 1,814
Monterrey, Mexico 5,834 1,071 15,165 1,071
Montreal, Canada 3,960 1,128 13,291 1,128
Miami, FL 5,142 1,215 14,473 1,215
Minneapolis, MN 5,024 561 14,355 561
New York, NY 3,858 955 13,189 955
Philadelphia, PA 3,957 886 13,288 886
St. Louis, MO 4,859 17 14,190 17
Toronto, Canada 4,193 800 13,524 800
Vancouver, Canada 6,821 2,274 16,152 2,274
Circumference of the Earth (distance around) = 24,900

A good indicator of energy-efficiency is the distance that a product travels from the point of manufacturing to the end customer or point of use. EDCO USA manufactures vacuum pumps and cups in the USA near St. Louis, Missouri. PIAB assembles vacuum pumps in Sweden and manufactures suction cups in Singapore and Malaysia but only has a distribution center and sales office in Hingham, Massachusetts.

A second measure of energy and resource efficiency is whether the materials of construction can be easily recycled when the product's useful life is over. The vast majority of EDCO products are made of metals such as aluminum and brass for which there is a ready scrap market. Most EDCO plastic components are made of unfilled resins which can be recycled. In contrast, PIAB products are primarily made of glass-filled plastics which can't be recycled and thus end up in a landfill.

Using our chart with given scenarios and a comparison of the miles each product must travel to get to the end user, you can only come to one conclusion. The math is simple. The map below shows a visual example of just how far PIAB products must travel. The unambiguous conclusion is that your company can significantly reduce its carbon footprint by replacing PIAB vacuum products with EDCO USA products.