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Better by Design
Abstract: This guide offers a simple, systematic way to weave environmental considerations into product design while using inspiration from the natural world to distinguish products and optimize design.
Source: Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste
-and-pollution/product-design-and-the-environment/produc
t-design-and-the-environment.html?menuid=&redirect=1

Case Studies on Product Takeback Schemes [PDF]
Abstract: Survey results from around the globe- on takeback schemes for batteries, paint, whitegoods, office furniture, timber, mattresses, carpet, and more.
Source: Western Sydney Waste Board
URL: http://www.zerowaste.co.nz/assets/Councilssolutions/casestud
ies.PDF

Caterpillar Remanufactured Products Group
Abstract: Caterpillar is convinced of the economic feasibility of remanufacturing, and the additional benefits with regards to the quality image of its products and offers remanufacturing services and remanufactured equipment.
Source: Caterpillar Remanufactured Products Group
URL: http://product-life.org/en/archive/case-studies/caterpillar-
remanufactured-products-group

Clean Production Action's EPR Toolkit
Abstract: Clean Production Action has produced a tool kit that helps local governments and communities learn about EPR and how to implement it.
Source:
URL: http://www.cleanproduction.org/Producer.Toolkit.About.php

Designing for the Environment: A Design Guide for Information and Technology Equipment [PDF]
Abstract: Developed by the American Plastics Council (APC) and a variety of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Designing for the Environment integrates environmental considerations with traditional design criteria. It is targeted towards design engineers and others involved in manufacturing information technology equipment.. It also offers suggestions for minimizing waste, enhancing recycling, promoting efficiency and balancing economics.
Source: American Plastics Council (APC)
URL: http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/bin.asp?SID=6&DI
D=6070&CID=1593&VID=178&DOC=File.PDF

Drug Take Back Stakeholder Report [PDF]
Abstract: Describes planning and development of takeback program in Oregon.
Source: Oregon
URL: http://www.oracwa.org/pdf/oregon-drug-takeback-execsum.pdf

EcoLogo(TM) Program Standard Development: Discussion Document [PDF]
Abstract: A pending standard (called EcoLogo) for toys is under development - to provide broad information on the toy market in Canada and U.S.. Discussion paper is to gather input on criteria statements for the standard.
Source: EcoLogo
URL: http://www.ecologo.org/common/assets//Certification%20Discus
sion%20Document%20-%20Personal%20Care%20Products%20(CCD-
103)(3).pdf

EPA's Design for Environment Website
Abstract: The Design for the Environment (DfE) Program convenes partners, including industry representatives and environmental groups, to develop goals and guide the work of the partnership.
Source:
URL: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/

Extended Producer Responsibility Policies in the US and Canada: History and Status [PDF]
Abstract: This paper surveys the historical context and current status of extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies in the United States and Canada, especially those focusing on end-of-life product management, and comments on the governance process involved in implementing EPR in the two countries.
Source:
URL: http://www.productpolicy.org/ppi/attachments/EPR_in_USA_Cana
da_Ch14.pdf

Extended Producer Responsibility: A Materials Policy for the 21st Century [PDF]
Abstract: This book addresses materials use and its environmental impacts worldwide; EPR policies and programs in the United States; e-commerce and its potential environmental impacts and implications for EPR; and the corporation's role in implementing EPR and related policies.
Source: Inform
URL: http://www.informinc.org/reportpdfs/wp/EPREntire.pdf

Facts and Figures on E Waste and Recycling
Abstract: Statistics on the amount of electronic waste generated, discarded, recycled, or stockpiled or stored, in the U.S.
Source: Electronics TakeBack Coalition
URL: http://www.electronicstakeback.com/wp-content/uploads/Facts_
and_Figures

Medtronic - A Case Study
Abstract: Environmental considerations were used in one product and process design, resulting in drastic reduction in chemical use and wastewater loading, and annual cost savings of $2.1M.
Source: Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/component/option,com_do
cman/task,doc_view/gid,4680

Return to Sender
Abstract: This information booklet promoting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Take-Back initiatives highlights real-life case studies of how manufacturers are avoiding waste and recovering resources through product take-back.
Source: Centre for Design at RMIT University
URL: http://www.cfd.rmit.edu.au/programs/sustainable_products_and
_packaging/return_to_sender

Seven Sins of Greenwashing
Abstract: Terrachoice researchers recorded every "big box" manufacturers' environmental claims, and tested the claims against best practices and national/international protocols or regulations.
Source: TerraChoice
URL: http://www.scribd.com/doc/14475597/The-Seven-Sins-of-Greenwa
shing

Sustainability Through Servicizing
Abstract: By S. Rothenberg, article suggests that by "servicizing," suppliers change business models from selling products to providing services, thereby turning demand for reduced material use into a strategic opportunity.
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
URL: http://sloanreview.mit.edu/the-magazine/2007-winter/48216/su
stainability-through-servicizing/


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WasteWise Update: Extended Producer Responsibility Case Studies
Abstract: Case studies from EPA's WasteWise partners.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm


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Green Seal
Abstract: An environmental product certification organization. View product standards including cleaners, paints, windows, appliances, heat pumps, air conditioners, and much more. Also explains how to have a product certified.
Source: Green Seal / ENN Design Group
URL: http://www.greenseal.org/


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CleanGredients
Abstract: An online database of institutional and industrial (I&I) cleaning product ingredient chemicals, providing verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of listed ingredients
Source: GreenBlue
URL: http://www.cleangredients.org/home


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Extended Producer Responsibility - A Guidance Manual for Governments
Abstract: (Abstract only) This guidance manual represents one means to inform national governments about the potential benefits and costs associated with extended producer responsibility.
Source: OECD
URL: http://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/display.asp?lang=EN&sf1=ide
ntifiers&st1=972001041p1


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Master Painters Institute - Green Performance Standard
Abstract: Paint standard requires that all products meet or exceed the performance requirements of the applicable MPI product standard, evidenced by current listing in the MPI Approved Products List. MPI is also developing a standard for recycled content paints.
Source: MPI and Green Seal
URL: http://www.specifygreen.com/EvrPerf/EnvironmentalPerformance
.html

Ordinance on the Avoidance and Recovery of Packaging Wastes [PDF]
Abstract: German ordinance on packaging to minimize use of packaging as well as eliminate heavy metals used in or on packaging.
Source: Germany - Federal Ministry for the Environment
URL: http://www.bottlebill.org/assets/pdfs/legis/world/germany200
5.pdf


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Dell Product Stewardship Program [PDF]
Abstract: Presentation on Dell's efforts to use energy optimized software, their environmentally preferred materials initiative, and packaging reduction efforts.
Source: Dell Computer Corporation
URL: http://thor.inemi.org/webdownload/newsroom/Presentations/Env
_Forum_Oct09/Dell_Product.pdf


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California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)
Abstract: The CPSC's goal is to align public and private sectors through information, advocacy and legislation to ensure ongoing product responsibility from design to disposal.
Source: California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)
URL: http://www.calpsc.org/

Call 2 Recycle (Batteries & Cell Phones)
Abstract: Free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America.
Source: Call 2 Recycle
URL: http://www.call2recycle.org/

Call2Recycle
Abstract: The Call2Recycle program offers rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling plans for retailers, communities, public agencies, and businesses completely free of charge. The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation provides all collection containers and collateral materials, and pays all shipping and recycling costs, so there is no cost to participate.
Source: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
URL: http://www.call2recycle.org/

Clean Car Campaign
Abstract: The Clean Car Campaign is a national campaign promoting a clean revolution in the motor vehicle industry. The campaign seeks to promote the development and sale of advanced technology vehicles that meet a high standard of environmental performance.
Source:
URL: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/

Clean Car Campaign
Abstract: The Clean Car Campaign is a national campaign promoting a clean revolution in the motor vehicle industry. The campaign seeks to promote the development and sale of advanced technology vehicles that meet a high standard of environmental performance.
Source:
URL: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/

E-Cycle Washington
Abstract: E-Cycle Washington is a new program that provides responsible recycling of computers, monitors and TVs in the state, as required by law, and operated by a collaborative of manufacturers, government, retailers, and NGOs.
Source: Northwest Product Stewardship Council
URL: http://www.ecyclewashington.org

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Abstract: System that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on environmental attributes. Covers desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations, and monitors.
Source: EPEAT
URL: http://www.epeat.net

Environment Canada's EPR Guidance Manual for Governments [PDF]
Abstract: Several helpful guidance manuals for governments on EPR issues and benefits and on the actions required to establish effective EPR policies and programmes
Source:
URL: http://www.startipp.gr/extended_producer_responsibility.pdf

EPA's Product Stewardship site
Abstract: This site contains many examples of extended product responsibility for specific products (carpets, electronics, and packaging). Each product section has information on government initiatives, business initiatives, resources, legislation, and organizations.
Source: US Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/stewardship/

EPEAT International Registry
Abstract: EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. The system currently covers desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations and computer monitors.
Source: Green Electronics Council
URL: http://www.epeat.net/

Government of British Columbia Ministry of Environment official Product Stewardship website
Abstract: The Government of British Columbia's official site on its extensive EPR policies and regulations
Source: British Columbia's Ministry of Environment
URL: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/ips/

Green Chemistry Institute
Abstract: The Green Chemistry Institute seeks to be the premier change agent that has the knowledge, expertise, and capabilities to catalyze the movement of the chemical enterprise toward sustainability through the application of green chemistry principles.
Source:
URL: https://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/memberapp?_nfpb=true&
_pageLabel=PP_TRANSITIONMAIN&node_id=830&use_sec=false&s
ec_url_var=region1

Green Chemistry Institute
Abstract: The Green Chemistry Institute seeks to be the premier change agent that has the knowledge, expertise, and capabilities to catalyze the movement of the chemical enterprise toward sustainability through the application of green chemistry principles.
Source:
URL: https://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/memberapp?_nfpb=true&
_pageLabel=PP_TRANSITIONMAIN&node_id=830&use_sec=false&s
ec_url_var=region1

INFORM's Product Stewardship website
Abstract: This hub for information on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship includes INFORM's recent focus on reducing waste from cell phones and other electronic products.
Source:
URL: http://www.informinc.org/epr_00.php

Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Product Stewardship website
Abstract: A good primer on the concepts of Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship. Includes tools, links and a factsheet series.
Source:
URL: http://www.ilsr.org/the-concepts-of-extended-producer-respon
sibility-and-product-stewardship/

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance's Product Stewardship website
Abstract: Includes definitions, background information, and case studies about product stewardship.
Source:
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste
-and-pollution/product-stewardship/product-stewardship.html

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance's Product Stewardship website
Abstract: Includes definitions, background information, and case studies about product stewardship.
Source:
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste
-and-pollution/product-stewardship/product-stewardship.html

Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association
Abstract: Describes pharmaceutical takeback program in British Columbia.
Source: Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association
URL: http://www.medicationsreturn.ca/returns/british-columbia

Product Stewardship Institute
Abstract: The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) works with state and local government agencies to partner with manufacturers, retailers, environmental groups, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues.
Source:
URL: http://www.productstewardship.us

Product Stewardship Institute
Abstract: The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) works with state and local government agencies to partner with manufacturers, retailers, environmental groups, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues.
Source:
URL: http://www.productstewardship.us

Raymond Communications
Abstract: Raymond Communications provides news, analysis, and forecasting on recycling laws in the U.S. and abroad. Its State Recycling Laws Update reports on regulations in the U.S. Its Recycling Laws International looks at laws in Europe and Asia including producer responsibility initiatives for packaging and a wide range of materials. This Web site also contains a Legislative Web sites page, which is a state-by-state guide to links to state legislation.
Source:
URL: http://www.raymond.com/state/

The Northwest Product Stewardship Council
Abstract: The Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC) is a group of businesses, governments and non-profits working together to integrate product stewardship into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest.
Source:
URL: http://www.productstewardship.net

The Product Policy Institute
Abstract: Resources including numerous articles on EPR and sample legislation language and case studies for local governments.
Source:
URL: http://www.productpolicy.org/content/epr-framework

Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC)
Abstract: The disposal of mercury-containing products is regulated in many states, and regardless of the law properly disposing mercury thermostats by recycling them is the right thing to do. TRC makes it easy, convenient, and cost-effective
Source: TRC
URL: http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/

UK Centre for Sustainable Design
Abstract: The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.
Source:
URL: http://cfsd.org.uk/

UK Centre for Sustainable Design
Abstract: The Centre for Sustainable Design facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development.
Source:
URL: http://cfsd.org.uk/

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