Epson and the Environment

Eco Community

Epson wants its employees to remain mindful of the environment while on the job. We feel it is important for them to consider how their conduct, both at work and at home, affects the environment and we want them to take the initiative in coming up with solutions. Toward that end, Epson provides environmental education and promotes correct understanding of ecological practices.
Epson also contributes to broader environmental preservation by sharing its knowledge and experience with outside organizations.

Environmental Education System (Japan)

FY2013 Environmental Education (Japan)

*1 This is the number of persons who took Basic Environmental Training II during the period of time it was offered (December 2013 to March 2014). Other figures show the number of certified persons as of the end of March 2014.

Mandatory e-Learning for all employees

All-Japan Senior High Schoolers Eco Action Project

Students racing to sort ink cartridges of the six printer
manufacturers (top)

competition against an experienced sorter (bottom)

The Ink Cartridge Satogaeri (Homecoming) Project, of which Epson is a member, sponsors the All-Japan Senior High Schoolers Eco Action Project. In the 2013 fiscal year five students from Futaba High School, in Suwa, Japan, toured subsidiary Epson Mizube Corporation to see how the plant's facilities provide improved access for persons with disabilities and to experience the ink cartridge sorting process first-hand. As part of the sorting experience, a competition pitting teams of two or three students against a single Epson Mizube worker was held to see which could sort cartridges faster and more accurately. Epson Mizube is a special subsidiary of Seiko Epson. It was established in 1983 to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. Epson Mizube also plays an important role in the Satogaeri Project by sorting the collected ink cartridges and sending them back to their respective manufacturers for recycling.

Green Talent Program

Members of the Epson staff along with the 12 students selected
to participate in the Green Talent Program at Epson's Chitose Plant

To foster a new generation of leaders who can help create a sustainable society, Epson Taiwan Technology & Trading Ltd. has, since 2011, been conducting an environmental education program for university and graduate school students called the Green Talent Program.