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Product Story

Product Story

The Brother Group is committed to reducing environmental impact at all stages of the life cycle of its products. This is the guiding principle of the group's manufacturing activities.

Product Technology Initiatives

Development and Design

Development and Design

We ensure eco-conscious design by addressing the product life cycle.

Procurement

Procurement

We engage in green procurement which constantly changes in accordance with world environmental laws and regulations.

Production

Production

We manufacture environmentally-friendly products in accordance with ISO 14001.

Packaging and Logistics

Packaging and Logistics

We do our best to reduce the environmental burden of packaging and logistics

Use

Use

We manufacture products which reduce the impact their use has on the environment.

Collection and Recycling

Collection and Recycling

We strive to improve the capability of reusing and recycling products and consumables.

Environmental Labels Acquired

The Brother Group understands that environmental certifications are a sign to customers that action is being taken on environmental issues and we are acquiring environmental certifications in the countries and regions where our products are being sold.

Environmental Labels Acquired

Environmental Labels Acquired Worldwide

Europe

Blue Angel (Germany)

Blue Angel (Germany)

This eco-label is issued by the Federal Environmental Agency, the German Institute for Quality Assurance and Labeling, etc.

Nordic Swan (five Scandinavian countries)

Nordic Swan (five Scandinavian countries)

This eco-label is administered primarily by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board and is used in five Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland). 

The Americas

EPEAT (in the U.S.A.)

EPEAT (in the U.S.A.)

EPEAT is an environmental rating system for electronic products that is managed and administered by the Green Electronics Council (a non-profit organization).

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

This is an international energy saving program for office equipment. Its logo is awarded to products that meet the energy-saving standards.

Japan

Eco Mark (Japan)

Eco Mark (Japan)

This eco-label is issued by the Japan Environment Association. 

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

This is an international energy saving program for office equipment. Its logo is awarded to products that meet the energy-saving standards.

Brother Green Label (Japan)

Brother Green Label (Japan)

In October 2001, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) established voluntary environmental standards for products and created the Brother Green Label to recognize products that satisfied related certification standards.

EcoLeaf (Japan)

EcoLeaf (Japan)

This eco-label is awarded to products that disclose quantifiable information about their environmental characteristics. It is managed and issued by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry.

Carbon Footprint (Japan)

Carbon Footprint (Japan)

Carbon Footprint is a mechanism to visualize greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent) from the procurement of raw materials to disposal and recycling of products. It is issued by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry.

Products complying with the Law on Promoting Green Purchasing (Japan)

Products complying with the Law on Promoting Green Purchasing (Japan)

By affixing our own eco-label to Brother products that meet the standard, Brother Industries, Ltd. is promoting environmental activities to customers.

Compliance with the RoHS Directive

Compliance with the RoHS Directive

All Brother products, excluding machine tools, for all markets in the world are compliant with the RoHS Directive. Products that are only for the Japanese market are labeled with our own eco-label to show they are compliant with the RoHS Directive.

Asia, Oceania

China Environmental Labeling Plan (China)

China Environmental Labeling Plan (China)

This government-run eco-label (the Ten Circle Mark) is issued by the China Environmental United Certification Center under the jurisdiction of the State Environmental Protection Administration. 

Energy Conservation Certification (Energy Saving Label) (China)

Energy Conservation Certification (Energy Saving Label) (China)

This eco-label is from China. It recognizes products for their energy-saving performance.

Environmental Choice (New Zealand)

Environmental Choice (New Zealand)

This eco-label was introduced by the national government of New Zealand and is issued by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust.

Korea Eco-label (South Korea)

Korea Eco-label (South Korea)

This eco-label is issued by the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute that was established in accordance with the Development of and Support for Environmental Technology Act.

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

International ENERGY STAR Program (the U.S.A., Japan, Canada, and Taiwan)

This is an international energy saving program for office equipment. Its logo is awarded to products that meet the energy-saving standards.

Green Mark (Taiwan)

Green Mark (Taiwan)

This eco-label was introduced in Taiwan by the Environmental Protection Administration and is issued by the Environment and Development Foundation.

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