Happy Earth Day! The theme of this year’s Earth Day is to protect threatened and endangered species. Our planet is home to millions of species that we know of and many more that have yet to be discovered. As humans we are causing losses to the species at an alarming rate through deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. Here at Xerox we take our social responsibility, including protecting the environment, seriously every day.
Protecting the environment is something that influences all facets of our business. One of the ways we help our customers and the planet is delivering products that are environmentally conscious, one of the key principles of a circular economy.
So what is circular economy? From the book Circular Business – Collaborate and Circulate by Kraaijenhagen, Van Oppen & Bocken. 2016 A circular economy is characterized as an economy which is regenerative by design, with the aim to retain as much value as possible of products, parts and materials. This means that the aim should be to create a system that allows for the long life, optimal reuse, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling of products and materials.
Decades before the term “circular economy” was ever coined Xerox was already using the philosophy in the production of our first commercial device, the Xerox 914, which introduced the concept of electronics remanufacturing. Through the years, Xerox has continued to design our products, supplies and packaging to make efficient use of resources, reuse where feasible, recycle what cannot be reused and minimize waste. You can read more about our use of circular economy in our design and business model programs at the Striving for a Circular Economy webpage and the You and Xerox: Enabling a Circular Economy paper.
Supplies and consumables also enable the circular economy. The Xerox Green World Alliance (GWA) is a collection and reuse / recycling program for customers to return their spent imaging supplies. In 2017 alone 4200 metric tons or approximately 10.1million pounds of cartridges, toner containers and other used supplies were returned, that equates to 4.8 million items returned. The GWA program is available in more than 35 countries. Find out more about the Xerox Green World Alliance and how to return your used supplies at the GWA website.
On this Earth Day take a look at your equipment and supplies and join us in keeping the circular economy functioning and allowing the cycle to continue by returning consumables and equipment where possible and considering Factory Produced New products when available.
You are or can be part of the solution, the species and future generations will be grateful for your efforts.