Our green products

Building upon our long track record in sustainability, we have launched our ambitious new five-year program ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet’, which will run from 2016 to 2020.

 

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Philips wants to make the world healthier and more sustainable. To make this a reality, we have to keep thinking differently; pushing the boundaries of what is currently believed possible. We are constantly innovating to deliver products and technologies that improve people’s lives and are kind to the environment. We call this Green Innovation.

As part of our Green Innovation drive, we apply EcoDesign and circular economy principles in designing our products and solutions. First introduced at Philips as far back as 1994, EcoDesign is an approach that considers all aspects of product development and design. This includes life-cycle assessment to determine the environmental impact at each stage of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling.

 

The EcoDesign process led Philips to define six key Green Focal Areas for improved environmental performance – Energy, Packaging, Substances, Weight & Materials, Circularity and Lifetime. Philips products that outperform existing products, competitor products, or surpass minimum legislative requirements by at least 10% in one or more of these six key Green Focal Areas are known as Green Products. 

Energy

Energy

Energy consumption is often the single most important factor in determining a product’s lifecycle environmental impact. By improving the energy efficiency of a product, we can reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Packaging

Packaging

Lightweight packaging, recycled content or recyclable packaging helps minimize resource consumption and reduces the respective product’s carbon footprint.
Substances

Substances

Products are made using a range of substances, some of which may have an impact on the environment. By minimizing or eliminating the use of hazardous substances, we can reduce our products’ ecological impact.
Weight & Materials

Weight & Materials

By reducing the amount of materials we use, we can use fewer resources and less energy during manufacturing and/or transportation. Also the choice of materials – e.g. precious metals, bio-based, bio-degradable materials – can have a positive or negative ecological impact.
Circularity

Circularity

Circularity refers to the potential of a system, product or component to contribute to the circular economy. It is calculated by assessing environmental performance over multiple life cycles, taking into account, for example, the recovery of materials and their reuse in new products. Upgrading, serviceability, refurbishment, spare parts harvesting, increasing recycled content and recyclability – they all help reduce the consumption of resources. Designing products for modularity, ease of disassembly, component re-use and material purity also stimulates the circular economy.
Lifetime

Lifetime

Extending the useful lifetime of a product reduces the resource consumption and transportation emissions associated with the introduction of new products.

Philips Green Award


You can recognize a Philips Green Product by the Green tick mark, which is used on all eco passports and Environmental Product Declarations for Green Products. 

 

Claims of Green Product status are verified by our external auditor (currently EY, in prior years KPMG). In practice, our Green Products are often also supported by a recognized eco-performance label.

 

We know you want to make an informed decision about the products you buy, based on a full understanding of their environmental impact. Check out your Green Product’s eco passport: it will explain how that particular product addresses the Green Focal Areas.

Philips Green Award

For our Philips Green Products we use Life Cycle Analysis to set specific product requirements.

 

For a representative Powertouch Shaver, the two most impacting phases of the product's life cycle are the use phase (due to the use of gel and cleaning of the device) and the production phase (including materials). The contribution of the different phases to the product's total environmental impact is shown on the following ‘ecoprofile’ graph. The packaging, transport, and end-of-life phases represent respectively around 1% of the total environmental impact.

 

The ReCiPe methodology and the Netherlands’ environmental cost indicator* were used to assess and calculate the environmental impacts of the product.

Ecoprofile Philips PowerTouch Shaver

 

The LCA is based on a 7-year's scenario in which an user buys one body and 3 to 4 spare head/cutter sets.

In this calculation, it is assumed that the end user has daily shaving sessions using gel and cleans the device once a week with 32°C water.

 

*The environmental costs, also called “hidden” costs, are the environmental costs associated with a product’s manufacture, use, and disposal (based on the cost of preventive measures that should be taken to prevent the environmental impacts).