Toshiba’s Commitment to Reducing the Environmental Impact of our Business and Production Activities
Toshiba telecommunication products are built with green in mind. Toshiba has a long and storied history of thoughtful, environmentally conscious products. Over the years, Toshiba has taken a less is more approach by minimizing waste, reducing energy consumption and using recycled materials. Its all part of an effort to create innovative, efficient products that remain environmentally responsible throughout their lifecycles. The following are just some of the aspects Toshiba telecommunication's Divison green approach.
Environmentally Conscious Products
Toshiba’s passion for safeguarding the Earth is inherent in our Environmental Vision 2050. Based on the Kyoto Protocol, this program promises to improve our eco-efficiency by a factor of ten over the year 2000 through strict monitoring of our energy usage, manufacturing process improvement and eco-conscious product (ECP) development.
Toshiba’s Telecommunications Systems Division is dedicated to making incremental improvements in our manufacturing process and to designing ECPs with minimal environmental impact.
Going above and beyond regulatory compliance. Toshiba prides itself on being a responsible manufacturer and goes above and beyond by diligently following the guidelines established by several European directives.
The European directive on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) protects the environment by promoting the reuse, recycling and recovery of electronic materials. Toshiba proudly follows WEEE regulations.
The European directive on the restriction of use of certain hazardous chemicals (RoHS) is designed to reduce the use of substances that may pose risks to human health or the environment. Toshiba has long followed the guidelines of the RoHS directive and limits the following hazardous materials in its products:
- Hexavalent chromium
- Polybrominated biphenyls
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
We meet or exceed high environmental standards, like RoHS, WEEE, and JIG. The result? We’ve kept tons of toxic chemicals and other substances out of the ecosystem. Toshiba’s IPedge® and Strata® CIX™ systems, 4000-series and 5000-series business IP and digital telephones, and IP4100 SIP DECT telephones are RoHS compliant. In addition, IPedge and Strata CIX products are compliant with environmental guidelines, such as those defined in the Joint Industry Guide issued by the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA).
Reduced Use of Hazardous Chemicals Meets Stringent Industry Guidelines
Toshiba's IPedge, Strata CIX and 5000-series business IP and digital telephones, Strata MAS and MicroMAS are RoHS compliant. In addition,Strata CIX products are compatible with environmental guidelines such as those defined in the Joint Industry Guide issued by the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA). Eliminated all chemicals targeted in Joint Industry Guide (JIG) Section 15 from our manufactured parts. Eliminated PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and BFR (brominated flame retardants) from surface plastics in the 5000-Series IP and digital telephones. Eliminated PVC from spiral and line phone cords in the 5000-Series digital telephones.
5000-Series Digital Telephones Use Up to 10% Less Energy
Efficient energy consumption is a key initiative of Vision 2050. Our 5000-series telephones consume approximately 10%3 less energy than earlier series, contributing to greater efficiency and lower cost of ownership. Select 5000-series digital telephones also offer further efficiency with an automatic backlight OFF sleep function.
Robust Migration Strategy Reduces e-Waste
Since 1993, Toshiba’s Telecommunication Systems Division has pursued a comprehensive migration strategy aimed at innovation and value for our customers. Adhering to such high quality standards avoids needless e-waste during system upgrades and expansions, since customers are able to retain many interface units and endpoints. Depending on the configuration, Toshiba Telecommunication system upgrades can be as simple as replacing the processor card and allowing customers to keep their current cabinets, interface cards, and endpoints.
Product Design Policy Incorporates 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
Toshiba actively promotes the 3Rs to promote the reduction, reuse and intelligent recycling of limited natural resources.
For example, as a result of innovative molding techniques, 5000-Series IP and digital business telephones require no paint or surface coatings, yet still provide exceptional durability and a professional look and feel.
3R design standards are also part of our product packaging design. Toshiba eliminated foam polystyrene materials from interior packaging materials and replaced them with eco-friendly, recyclable materials with no loss to product protection.
3 Measured against the Toshiba Corporation internal benchmarks.
Note: The statements above apply only to products manufactured by Toshiba Corporation. Partner products or other 3rd party vendor products are not covered.