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Efforts Aimed at Eliminating Hazardous Substances

Epson standards specify substances that are prohibited from inclusion in products and substances whose inclusion must be controlled. Information on these substances is collected and managed in a database. This database is used to ensure safety in all processes, from design and procurement to mass production. Epson is very proactive in eliminating from its products substances that could adversely affect the environment or human health.

Eco-solvent ink for the signage and display market

Eco-Solvent ink provides a better working environment and a lower environmental impact while producing high-quality prints.

The SureColor SC-S30600 series of wide-format printers use eco-solvent inks, a mild type of low-odor, low-fume solvent ink that does not require special ventilation. Also, since these inks contain absolutely no carcinogenic nickel compounds or designated fluorine compounds*, they help make a safer working environment.

* PFOS(Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFOA(Perfluorooctanoic acid)

SureColor SC-S30600 Series
SureColor SC-S30600 Series

The highest level of textile product safety

Baby clothing

Oeko-Tex Standard® 100 certification

The printing process using Epson UltraChrome DG ink is certified in accordance with Product Class I of the Oeko-Tex Standard® 100, the strictest of the four product classes. Even printed textile items that directly contact the skin of infants and toddlers are ensured to be safe.

Confidence in Textiles
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Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification

Oeko-Tex Standard® 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials and intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The aim of the system is to completely eliminate harmful substances from textiles. Scientific testing is performed to verify that textile products do not contain illegal or legally regulated substances or any other substances known to be harmful to health. Printers themselves are not the object of certification.

No warning labels needed

UltraChrome DG ink does not require warning labels. It is as safe and easy to use as ordinary inkjet printer ink. (It is not classified as hazardous.)

UltraChrome DG ink

Acute toxicity Pictogram

To protect the health of workers, European directive and legislation* require warning label (acute toxicity pictograph) and written warning (e.g., Warning! Harmful if swallowed) on cartridges if the ink contains harmful substances such as diethylene glycol.
*DPD Directive: Dangerous Preparation Directive
CLP Regulation: Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures

Mercury no longer used due to the use of LEDs as light sources in scanners and in LCD panels for inkjet multifunction printers

Epson has been replacing the conventional cold cathode tube light sources in scanners and LCD panels with light-emitting diode (LED) light sources. All of our current inkjet all-in-ones use mercury-free LED light sources, making easier to dispose of the products once they are no longer needed.

Measures for meeting the RoHS Directive

Epson has made compatibility with the European RoHS directive* a standard feature of our entire line of products throughout the world, regardless of whether a particular product is bound for the European market or not.

* The European RoHS Directive restricts the use of the following 6 hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Actions for REACH compliance

Epson has been complying with the requirements of REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), a European Community regulation that entered into force last year. Under REACH, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances must register them in a central database. If a product contains harmful substances (such as substances of very high concern), the company must disclose the substances, notify government authorities, and search for alternatives. Moving forward, we will continue to use our substance content framework to thoroughly and efficiently meet our legal and societal obligations, as well as the needs of our customers.

Environmentally conscious products best practices

Better Products for a Better Future

At Epson, we know that planning for the future requires a strong commitment to the environment. That is why we strive to create innovative products that are reliable, recyclable, and energy efficient.
Better products that use fewer resources help ensure a better future for us all.

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