Epson and the Environment


Epson is taking steps to comply with the labeling requirements in major countries around the world.

Compliance with environmental labels

An environmental label is a tool for making environmental declarations and providing other information about a product's environmental features or performance. The requirements for environmental labels are prescribed by various groups, including the International Standards Organization (ISO). The ISO defines the three types of environmental labels described below.

Indicates that the product has met the criteria set by a certified third-party organization.

A "self-declaration" label that indicates a company volunteers environmental information about its products. (Epson's ecology profiles and eco labels fall under the Type II category.)

Indicates that the environmental effects of a product throughout its life cycle - from raw material procurement through manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal and recycling - are analyzed using LCA methodology and that the results of such analyses are published as quantitative data. The accuracy and reliability of the claimed data must be verified before being made public.

Eco labels acquired in different product categories

*1 The ENERGY STAR® Program is also being implemented by EFTA, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. It began requiring third-party certification in the North America from January, 2011.

For more on environmental labeling and environmental information on Epson products, please contact an Epson sales company in the country or region in which you live.

Epson's Type II environmental labelling program

Our program is used to provide environmental information about products that is both transparent and reliable, in accordance with the ISO 14021 (JIS Q 14021) standard.
We have implemented programs for both eco labels and ecology profiles.

Eco labels

The Epson Group is preparing to start using eco labels from December 2009 to communicate the environmental features of our products and services to customers in a simple and straightforward way. The labels will be displayed on communication tools such as brochures, product catalogs, and individual product boxes to highlight.

Epson ecology profiles

The environmental attributes of Epson brand products are published in the form of an "ecology profile." For finished products such as printers and scanners, the environmental attributes of the product as a whole, including but not limited to accompanying packaging material, supplies, and consumables, are published in the format specified by ECMA-370 New window*1. For electronic devices we use our own format to provide quantitative data regarding substances included in these products.

*1 ECMA-370 specified requirements for environmental declarations established by the international standards organization ECMA International. "The Eco Declaration" is often abbreviated as "TED."

Please contact your country or region's Epson sales company for more information about the Eco Declarations.

Safety data sheets for printer consumables

To enable customers to safely and properly use Epson products, including consumable printer supplies (ink cartridges, toner cartridges, ribbon cartridges, etc.), Epson provides Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which describe a product's chemical content as well as how to operate, handle, and store the product.