As Lavergne’s mission of transforming plastic continues moving ahead, we sometimes find ourselves saying our sector needs a few extra pieces. It’s a natural part of any significant transformation.
As we focus on growing sustainability, perfecting the closed loop recycling process and educating people about plastics manufacturing, the sector needs something extra.
What do we need exactly?
We need a labelling system — comprehensive, analytical and trustworthy labels and certifications that help industry, producers, suppliers and customers identify those products that meet the highest standards for social, environmental and energy sustainability.
It will be an ongoing project as the industry grows and transforms. The good news is some positive steps have already been made.
Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is one of those positive first steps.
EPEAT is an eco-label for the IT sector, designed to help procurement managers and consumers make conscious and informed choices when buying electronics. It’s also an opportunity for manufacturers to get the recognition they deserve for their vision and innovation creating sustainable products.
EPEAT’s labelling process focuses on a comprehensive range of sustainability categories, including:
- Use of post consumer recycled plastic
- Responsible End-of-Life Management
- Design for repair, reuse and recycling
- Substance Management
- Preferable Materials Use
- Energy Efficiency
- Indoor Air quality and Consumables
- Product Packaging
- Product Longevity
- LCA & Carbon Footprint
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Corporate Environmental Performance
- Manufacturing Chemicals
EPEAT was commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and delivered by the Green Electronics Council (GEC). The EPEAT Registry is now an available online resource at www.epeat.net.