Designing for low carbon. We’re introducing partners to consider products with more recycled materials and working to reduce the amount of energy these devices use.
During the DFM stage of a project, we will look at packaging solutions that can meet the rigour of trans-ocean, air transport and also find recycling options at the destination for those products. We don't believe that transporting used materials back to far away locations is helping reduce the overall carbon footprint, nor is it sustainable from a cost perspective.
From the same perspective, it is not advisable to produce with structurally poorer recycled materials or alternative materials for products that will be used for years in demanding environments. This tends to cause pre-mature failure and replacements that would exacerbate any positives from using such materials in the first place. Think of the good components in the assembly that would go to waste, the re-manufacturing process, human effort, shipping, handling that would get stacked up.
For single use and less demanding applications all efforts should be directed at looking for alternative materials such as bio-plastics, sustainable additives, locally recycled resins and the like. Once we reach a point where the costs to do so are equivalent to using virgin materials and the utility is the same, that is when we are truly acting in a sustainable manner.