Our approach to recycling

Philips supports the principle of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) as introduced in article 12.3 of the WEEE Directive. We therefore actively cooperate with our industry partners, the recycling community and other stakeholders to further develop these systems and their supporting financial mechanisms to create the boundary conditions to make IPR work. We see a transition to a Circular Economy as a practical way to implement the Individual Producer Responsibility principle in reality.

Philips supports the setup of recycling infrastructures together with industry partners, where we share a common strategy: creating sustainable financing schemes which guarantee the effective and environmentally sound collection and recycling of WEEE. This approach has proven to be successful in reducing environmental impact, minimizing the costs to society of these activities, raising consumer awareness, and increasing effectiveness of recycling.

Philips recycles used products and related packaging materials in accordance with all environmental laws. To get there, we work with various organizations. Depending on where you are around the globe, retrieve detailed information on how to properly recycle Philips products by visiting our product recycling services and recycling passport page.

Overview of recycled plastics in consumer lifestyle products

Steam iron GC 37 series

Steam iron GC 37 series

We ensured that the plastic components of this iron is made of recycled plastics. We successfully replaced 11 components. This iron is made of 30% recycled plastics


  1. Sub- Inlay - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  2. Filling Door - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  3. Housing - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  4. Cover - Recycled Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  5. Thermostat Dial - Recycled Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  6. Inlay Normal - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  7. Inlay Cover - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  8. Backplate - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)


Internal Parts

- Tank Bottom: Recycled PP Homopolymer

- Channel Plate: Recycle PP Homopolymer

- Cam Bracket: Recycled PC  

Green Performer Vacuum Cleaner

Green Performer Vacuum Cleaner

We used recycled Polypropylene (PP) for the plastic parts of this vacuum cleaner. We incorporate 25-47% of recycled plastics in our entire Performer vacuum cleaners range.


  1. Lower back
  2. Cord outlet
  3. Back plate
  4. Dust Cover
  5. Lower front



We use 13% recycled plastics in the SENSEO Up by replacing virgin materials of two components to recycled ones.


  1. We introduced a 90% recycled Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic from post consumer electronic waste into the baseplate.
  2. The frame is made of 40% reinforced polypropylene, a plastic used in many household appliances


Read more about our circular economy activities and especially the design of this machine on the Guardian.


Steam Generator – PerfectCare ECO Aqua

Steam Generator – PerfectCare ECO Aqua

About 50% of the weight of this machine is plastic. In total, 17 parts of this iron made of recycled plastics.


  1. Front lock bracket - Recycled PBT, 48% Post Consumer Resin (PCR)
  2. Tank bottom - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
  3. Stand bottom - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
  4. Housing - Recycled PC, 90% Post Consumer Resin (PCR)
  5. Iron inlay - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)

Design for recyclability

Recyclability – including designing for disassembly – is critical to reduce the environmental impact of our products at the end of their life and reduce the costs of recycling. Design for recyclability will also allow us to move to the inner loops of circular economy such as parts harvesting. This is one of the areas we focus on in our Eco Design approach, as we work to continuously improve the overall environmental performance of our products.

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