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Toshiba Group's 3R* initiatives for products

In order to realize a sound material-cycle society, there is a need to reduce the amount of resources extracted and discharged as waste throughout product lifecycles. Toshiba Group is promoting 3R initiatives for products aimed at reducing waste, increasing incoming recycling, and improving outgoing recycling. We are also taking measures to promote design for 3Rs of products and recycling systems and are implementing activities to reduce environmental impacts of our products throughout their lifecycles.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle

Waste reduction

We achieve waste reduction through various means, including reducing the amount of resources used to manufacture products (reducing weight and size) and extending product lives (including upgrades and maintenance).

Incoming recycling

Incoming recycling refers to the application of recycled materials in products. We will work to improve our incoming recycling rate by increasing our use of recycled materials, plant-derived materials, and reusable parts.

Outgoing recycling

Outgoing recycling refers to the collection and recycling of end-of-life products. By promoting designs for reusing and recycling materials, we improve outgoing recycling while simultaneously improving the system design for recycling end-of-life products further.

[Image] Toshiba Group's 3R initiatives for products

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Case Study 1: Reuse of solar panels

Toshiba Environmental Solutions Corporation

Toshiba Group is developing technologies for recycling and reusing solar panels that are likely to be disposed of in increasingly larger amounts in the future.

We delivered a 30-kW power system that employs Toshiba-developed reuse technology to the Smart Hydrogen Station (operator: Misawa City Solar System Maintenance Business Association) in Oirase-cho, Aomori. The solar panels used in this power system are those taken from the solar systems damaged during the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016) and the flood in Obihiro City, Hokkaido (2016) but diagnosed as non-damaged.

We will continue to develop environmentally conscious technologies and provide more advanced solutions in the area of solar panel recycling and reuse, thereby contributing to society.

[Image] Reused solar panels
Reused solar panels

[Image] Solar simulator (Major equipment for reuse diagnostic technology)
Solar simulator
(Major equipment for reuse diagnostic technology)

Case Study 2: The world's only multi-function printer that can erase what it prints Loops LP50 series

[Image] The world's only multi-function printer that can erase what it prints Loops LP50 series

Toshiba TEC Corporation

The hybrid multi-function printers Loops LP35, 45, and 50 (LP50 series) can erase what they print to enable repeated use of the same sheet of paper. These printers reduce the amount of paper used in offices by repeatedly printing and erasing a single sheet of paper, thereby conserving resources while providing an economic benefit. In addition, using the optional erasing unit makes it possible to scan a printed sheet into a digitized document when erasing as well as to store the document on a USB flash drive or server.

In addition to pursuing the resource-saving and recycling capabilities of products themselves, we also propose these printers as resource-saving solutions that contribute to conserving paper resources through customers' usage.

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