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Environmentally Responsible Packaging. Environmentally Responsible Packaging. A Guideline and Certification Program for the Electronics Industry. Brian Crumrine, Shawn Decker, Elissa Loughman, Ryan McMullan. Presentation Overview. Problem Solution Guideline Certification Conclusion.

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environmentally responsible packaging1

Environmentally Responsible Packaging

A Guideline and Certification Program for the Electronics Industry

Brian Crumrine, Shawn Decker, Elissa Loughman, Ryan McMullan

significance
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionSignificance
  • U.S. municipal solid waste
    • 88 million tons in 1960
    • 229 million tons in 2001
  • Concerns about resource use/depletion
  • Packaging regulations in 35 countries
  • Electronics is a worldwide industry ($565B in U.S. alone)
  • Growth of Design for Environment as a business practice
challenges
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionChallenges
  • Packaging professionals often have little formal education on environmental issues
  • Environmental, regulatory, and material information changes quickly
  • Unbiased information is scarce
  • Packaging is complex
    • Numerous considerations
    • International in scope
our project
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionOur Project
  • Environmental packaging guideline
    • A textbook/reference manual
    • Aimed at packaging professionals in electronics industry
  • Certification program
    • Based on concepts in guideline
    • Training and exam
    • Professional development
characteristics of guideline
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionCharacteristics of Guideline
  • Educate packaging professionals
  • Promote a “baseline” of knowledge
  • Resist outdating
  • Inform decision makers, support judgment
background
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionBackground

In 1992, HP led development of environmental packaging guideline

HP

IBM

Apple

Unisys

NeXT

Sun Microsystems

DEC

our contribution
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionOur Contribution
  • Present information in an educational and useful format
  • Balance information with applicability
  • Reduce industry/company bias
  • Update research
scope
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionScope
  • Electronics Industry
    • Computers, Accessories, Components
    • All stages of packaging
  • Worldwide
  • Current Information
  • Audience
    • Engineers, managers, procurement
    • Marketers, environmental staff, regulators
approach
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionApproach
  • Survey audience
  • Develop content structure
  • Compile research and data
  • Write new guideline
  • Conduct stakeholder review
survey audience
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionSurvey Audience
  • Survey with 92 responses from 23 companies
  • Identified most commonly used materials
    • corrugated fiberboard, paperboard, solid plastic, expanded plastic, wood, and adhesives
  • Evaluated use of 1992 Guideline
  • Identified desired features for new guideline

“It is realistic, accurate, and not full of left wing bologna.”

example
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionExample
  • Randy at XYZ Electronics
    • Reduce environmental impact of existing package
    • His options
      • PVC & Paperboard
      • Paperboard & EPS
      • PP & PET
    • What is he to do?
content
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionContent
  • Must function as a textbook and reference
  • Information flow
    • Procedure
    • General Impacts & Strategies
    • Specific Materials
    • Balancing Issues
    • Labeling & Characterization
    • Staying Up-to-date
features
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionFeatures
  • Broad examination of life cycle impacts
  • Specific impact reduction strategies
  • Teaching tools
  • Many web links to current information
  • Information and tools for material comparison and decision-making
back to randy
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionBack to Randy
  • Teaching Example

Randy at XYZ Electronics

    • Shows how to implement concepts presented in the guideline
    • Demonstrates the important questions to ask and when/how to answer them
stakeholder review
Goals

Accurate

Up-to-date

Relevant

Reviewers

Consumers

HP

IBM

AMD

Suppliers

Fiber Supplier

Plastic Supplier

Recycler

Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | Conclusion

Stakeholder Review
overview
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionOverview
  • Hosted by Institute of Packaging Professionals (We’re down with IoPP)
  • Web-Based Training
  • Certification Test

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teaching goals
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionTeaching Goals
  • Use the Guideline as a reference
  • Identify environmental impacts
  • Reduce/characterize environmental impact
  • Balance environmental issues
  • Stay up-to-date
conclusion
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionConclusion
  • Effects
    • Reaches all packaging professionals
    • Tool for building baseline of expertise
    • Encourages environmental consideration
    • Companies can demonstrate independently verified expertise
    • Foundation for other industry guidelines
limitations
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionLimitations
  • Some U.S. focus
  • Living document
  • Material comparisons
    • Data difficulties
    • Variability
    • Value judgments
suggestions
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionSuggestions
  • Increase non-U.S. information
  • Update guideline through electronic distribution
  • Use sophisticated Life Cycle Assessment tools
  • Expand to other industry-specific guidelines
credits
Prepared By

Brian Crumrine

Shawn Decker

Elissa Loughman

Ryan McMullan

Advisor

Magali Delmas

Client Contact

Randy Boeller (HP)

Editor

Sarah Doss

Professional Advisers

Randy Boeller (HP)

Susie Elkins (IBM)

Bob Sanders (IBM)

Shaye Hokinson (AMD)

Additional Thanks

Paul Russell (HP)

Suzanne Keeler (HP)

Arturo Keller (Bren School)

Roland Geyer (Bren School)

Animatrix Computer Arts

Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | Conclusion

Credits
questions
Problem | Solution | Guideline | Certification | ConclusionQuestions?

Any questions?

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