Waste, use of resources, and reduction in energy consumption are growing concerns for American legislators, regulators and the public. Many innovative companies are paying attention and responding with voluntary product stewardship initiatives and internal directives that best suit their business models. Product stewardship legislation creates programs that are sensitive to market forces. Businesses like the ones below are finding ways to:
- Design products that can be more easily recycled.
- Use low or no toxicity materials that are not hazardous to human health and the environment.
- Use recycled materials in the design of product and packaging.
- Conserve resources and reduce waste at all stages, from product design to distribution.
Business Case for Product Stewardship
- Business Case for Product Stewardship NYPSC/ Product Policy Institute
- What is EPR? And why should brand owners pay attention? True Blue Innovation and Marketing Consultants
- Companies Pick Up Used Packaging, and Recycling’s Cost New York Times
- How Corporate America Might Just Save Recycling Forbes.com
- Extended Producer Responsibility: Recycling for the 21st Century National Association for Environmental Management
Companies with Product Stewardship Initiatives
- Steelcase: Recycling and Reuse
- Caterpillar: “Cradle-to-Cradle: Achieving the Vision Through Remanufacturing”
- Xerox: “Xerox Takes Another Step Toward Zero Waste”
- Bentley Prince Street: “Zero Waste in the Carpet Industry”
- Coca-Cola: “Coca-Cola to Open World’s Largest Bottle Recycling Facility”
- General Motors: “Half of GM Plants to Be Landfill-Free By Late 2010”
- Hewlett Packard: “HP Reduces Laptop Packaging 97 Percent for Wal-Mart”