A number of hazards caused by raw materials and components can occur during product design, manufacturing, marketing and disposal, posing a threat to the ecosystem.
In line with our commitment to environment, VIVOTEK had drawn up a green product design guidelines.
1. Eliminate the use of hazardous substances (HSF)
VIVOTEK's endeavor to ensure products comply with Hazardous Substance Free (HSF) regulations begins at the R&D stage, with the aim to reduce waste of resources in future production and quality assurance processes, especially strengthen green design while promoting QC080000.
VIVOTEK's manufacturing of green products consists of three phases.
The first phase is planning which involves accessing information on hazardous substances contained in the raw materials and components and work to reduce the use of hazardous substances. VIVOTEK's hazardous chemicals management is based on the RoHS Directive. On January 1, 2006, VIVOTEK claimed full compliance to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Apart from Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr6+, PBBs and PBDEs banned by the RoHS Directive, VIVOTEK has also restricted the use of deca-BDE and PFOS in all products.
The second phase is product manufacturing. Supplier audit process, incoming quality inspection, measurement system and the manufacturer’s internal audit process are used to ensure the reliability of HSF regulations in the quality assurance process.
The third phase is to provide product content information to the public and the customer. In this phase, the inclusion of hazardous substances and key ingredients of the product are made clear.
2. Easy disassemble and recycling (WEEE)
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was passed in the European Community (EC) in February 2003. WEEE Directive is legislation that, in conjunction with RoHS, mandates targets for the collection, recovery and recycling of electronics and component materials.
All VIVOTEK products are;
1. Easy to disassemble aims to facilitate recycling and reuse of waste equipment. The key concept is to help users easily and quickly remove beneficial and harmful components.
2. If, after being designed, a product is found to be difficult to recycle and disassemble, a manual on product recycling and disassembling will be provided in a bid to reduce disassembling costs.
3. Eco-design (EuP)
The Eco-Design Directive (2009/125/EC) has been transposed in the UK by the Eco-Design for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 (SI 2010 No.2617). It aims to improve the environmental performance of products throughout the life-cycle, by integration of environmental aspects at a very early stage in product design.
VIVOTEK has drawn up a three-stage plan:
1. Using product life cycle assessment to evaluate component manufacturing in conformity to the environmental requirements of EuP.
2. Using Life Cycle Assessment to analyze the impact of product components on the environment and mark the results in design guidelines.
3. Providing eco-profile to R&D staff and users to guarantee quality assurance in VIVOTEK products.
4. Packaging consideration
Packaging and products complement each other. As packaging increases the added value of a product, it is becoming more and more significant. With the rapid rise of environmental awareness, not only the product but also its packaging has to conform to environmental regulations. The aim of green packaging design is to reduce the consumption of packaging materials, improve efficient use of packaging resources and decrease impact of waste packaging materials on the environment.
Several major considerations for packing design presented by VIVOTEK include eliminating hazardous substances and encouraging reuse, recycling and reproduction.
* 3R1D Design Guideline:
1. Reduce: Simplified packaging and reduced use of packaging materials to cut down costs and environmental pollution.
2. Reuse: Reuse of packaging materials such as multifunctional packaging.
3. Recycle: Recycling of packaging materials for use in other applications
4. Degradation: Development of degradable packaging materials such as microorganism-degradable materials
Selection of packaging materials is very important because it determines the impact of materials on the environment as well as the recyclability of the waste packaging. In light of the trend towards green packaging, VIVOTEK is aware of its social responsibility and the need to further improve environmental consciousness of the employees. As a result, VIVOTEK has established the above mentioned green packaging design guidelines to carry out its green packaging design concept.
o 2003.02 - ISO9001:2000
o 2008.02 - IECQ QC080000 HSPM
o 2009.05 - ISO9001:2000/TL9000-H R4.0/R4.0
o 2009.05 - ISO14001:2004