Design for Environment
We established and are using an original Design for Environment Approval System.
Design for Environment
The Teijin Group defines Design for Environment as “product design that aims to reduce the environmental impact of each product through evaluating the overall environmental impact throughout the product life cycle including procurement, production, use and disposal” and we are taking measures for the reduction of environmental impact.
Corporate Code of Conduct
2．Coexistence with the global environment
The Teijin Group aspires to ensure society´s sustainable development, to exist in harmony with the natural environment and to cherish nature and life.
Promotion of Design for Environment
We established the Teijin Group Design for Environment Guidelines in January 2008, and we design our products based on comprehensive evaluations of their impact on the environment throughout their life cycles. Using a special checklist, we evaluate new and improved designs for products, manufacturing processes and IT/services, review various measures for reducing environmental impact and apply the results of the reviews in product design.
In FY2015, we reviewed existing issues and directions for the future in order to apply Design for Environment more effectively. From FY2016, we are working on further revision of our framework to make it easier to understand and to suit business portfolio change, through processes such as analyzing its relationship with environmental value solutions.
Summary of the Design for Environment Evaluation Checklist
Provision of information
Environmental impact reduction in the manufacturing stage
Under the six major items, there are sub-items and spaces for scoring evaluations. The checklist is available in three versions with sub-items/spaces for scoring evaluation relating to either raw materials/materials, finished products, or IT services.
Design for Environment Organizational Bodies
Design for Environment Approved Products
Earth Symphony® is the trademark utilized for products and services that have received Design for Environment approval. To date, the total number of Design for Environment approved products and services is 33. For these products and services, to ensure reliability of Earth Symphony®, we even conduct regular post-approval audits to evaluate whether or not to continue approval.
Earth Symphony® has become a registered trademark of the Teijin Group in Japan, the EU, China, Singapore, India and Indonesia.
Example of Products that Received Design for Environment Approval
High-grade artificial leather CORDLEY® (Use of recycled polyester)
We used recycled polyester for high-grade artificial leather CORDLEY® which is used in sports shoes, balls, vehicles, school bags and other applications.
Reduced use of natural resources, reduction of CO2 emissions and chemical substances with large environmental impact through use of recycled resources.
Aramid fiber recycled pulp
We recover products as well as waste aramid fiber and fiber scraps generated in manufacturing processes, turn them into thread or pulp form and reuse them in brake pads and brake linings.
Reduced use of natural resources and reduction of CO2 emissions through use of recycled resources