Toshiba Celebrates Earth Day Through Global Reforesting & Recycling
LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 20, 2022 — Toshiba America Business Solutions commemorates Earth Day 2022 through its year-round sustainability initiatives to function as good stewards for the planet while reducing carbon footprints for the company and its customers. Toshiba’s ongoing eco efforts include recycling 64.46 tons of used toner cartridges and replanting nearly 19,000 trees worldwide in 2021. Toshiba’s Managed Print as a Service program also helps organizations attain individual environmental goals by improving print visibility and efficiencies.
Conserving Open Spaces
Beginning in 2008, Toshiba’s EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program has prevented more than 1,674 tons of e-waste from filling open land. Such weight is equivalent to 16,062 average-sized Major League Baseball players, enough to fill 618 MLB teams1.
Toshiba’s toner recycling program, in partnership with the internationally recognized recycler Close the Loop, collects imaging consumables for material recovery at their zero waste to landfill facility. The materials received are sent through a recycling process and returned to the commodities market for reuse.
Toshiba’s recycling emphasis is a primary reason the company’s award-winning e‑STUDIO™ multifunction printers appear on the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) registry. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
Toshiba collaborates with PrintReleaf to replant trees in the United States, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, and India. Since 2016, this partnership has led to the planting of 121,965 trees across global reforestation projects in these countries.
Toshiba clients who participate in the program may select the specific areas they want to help reforest upon recommendations from the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch initiative. A new tree is planted once a Toshiba client prints 8,333 sheets. World-leading inspection, verification, testing and certification organization, SGS International certifies the global reforestation partners while authenticating the 100 percent net survival of the trees.
“Operating in a sustainable manner while helping our clients do the same is paramount for us,” states Toshiba America Business Solutions President and Chief Executive Officer Larry White. “Together, we’re making a significant impact to restore our natural resources globally.”
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About Close the Loop
Close the Loop (CtL) provides best-in-class sustainability solutions to help companies enhance corporate social responsibility programs. Trusted by the global imaging industry, CtL designs and manages high efficient ink and toner take-back, recovery and reuse programs. Working throughout North America, Australia, and Europe, CtL works towards a circular economy keeping items that would normally end up in landfills and oceans and turning them into useful commodities. To learn more, please visit www.closetheloopusa.com or follow Close the Loop on Facebook and LinkedIn.
PrintReleaf creates a global sustainability standard by certifiably guaranteeing to releaf the paper consumption of PrintReleaf customers. PrintReleaf is the only technology platform that measures customers’ paper usage and certifiably reforests that usage on an equivalent basis. The patented PrintReleaf technology not only tracks paper consumption, but also monitors PrintReleaf reforestation partners to ensure fulfillment. Market-leading companies with a passion for the environment and a progressive concern for advancing environmental stewardship, together with their customers, rely on PrintReleaf to provide a nexus of partnerships involving forestry, technology, and business. For more information, please visit http://www.printreleaf.com.