Epson and the Environment


Examples of Management of Chemical Substances in Products

Legal and regulatory compliance

More and more nations are regulating chemicals. We investigate regulations and chemical hazards as early as possible, analyze the information we縲obtain, and then supply products accordingly.

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.
In 2009 Epson began an effort to replace phthalate esters (DEHP, BBP, DBP) and DIBP, substances that are being considered for addition to the list of restricted substances under the RoHS Directive. As of March 2014, Epson had succeeded in eliminating these substances from all products except for a limited number in inventory and for industrial use, etc. Applications exempted from the RoHS Directive are scheduled to expire in July 2016, so Epson is moving to ensure that its products remain compliant with RoHS requirements.

* 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 stayed compliant with the requirements of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation in Europe.
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.
We make information on the chemicals used in ink available to customers in the form of safety data sheets (SDS) published in 23 European languages.

Response to GHS*

The United Nations declared in 2003 that a unified set of rules was needed worldwide on the hazards and appropriate handling of chemicals for consumers and dealers. Different nations have enshrined these rules as law and made them obligatory at different times. Epson has responded to the rules as they apply to affected ink cartridges, toner cartridges, and ribbon cartridges.
By 2020, about 100 nations will require GHS compliance.

* GHS (the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) provides a unified, worldwide set of rules on harmful chemical substances. It harmonizes classification standards and labels for the hazards associated with individual chemicals and the way safety data sheets are written.

Providing ink for all types of printed matter

We provide inks with safe chemical properties as required for products made with inkjet technology (labels, stickers, fabric, etc.).

The highest level of textile product safety

Oeko-Tex Standard® 100 certification

Baby clothing

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.

Switching to safer materials (e.g. eliminating harmful 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.