EcoDesign

Sustainable innovation by design

    Green Innovation

    Green Innovation


    We define Green Innovation as innovation with the objective of developing green products and/or technologies. Green Products are defined as products that offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy, Packaging, Substances, Weight & Materials, Circularity, and Lifetime.

    EcoDesign process


    We drive sustainability in all aspects of product creation through our EcoDesign process. 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:

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    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.
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    Packaging

    Lightweight and low volume packaging, use of recycled content and/or bio-based, biodegradable content and improving recyclability of packaging help minimize the resource consumption and environmental impact during the entire life cycle of packaging.
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    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’ environmental impact.
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    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 environmental impact.
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    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.
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    Lifetime

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

    Green Products and Green Revenues


    Philips Green Products offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy, Packaging, Substances, Weight & Materials, Circularity and Lifetime. This is done either by meeting product-specific eco-performance requirements and/or being rewarded with a recognized eco-performance label.

     

    You can recognize a Philips Green Product by the Green Product mark, which is used on all eco passports and Environmental Product Declarations for Green Products. Our Green Product process is subject to external third-party auditor assurance from EY (previous years KPMG).

     

    Philips reports its Green Revenues, which are comprised of revenue from products and solutions that meet the Green Product definition.

    Green Products and Green Revenues

    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.

     

    The LCA is based on a 7-year 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).

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    Supporting recycling

    We want to improve people’s quality of life through meaningful innovation and we aim to achieve that by using our planet’s limited resources in a sustainable way. This calls for Philips to continuously work on the environmental performance of our products, which includes designing for recyclability and reuse, e-waste management, and other factors.
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    Chemicals management


    Minimizing – and wherever possible eliminating – the use of hazardous substances in our products and production processes is a cornerstone of our commitment to health, safety and the environment.
    Protecting public health

    REACH


    We support the aim of the European Union’s REACH legislation to protect human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of certain chemical substances.

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