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.