Packaging Designed with the Environment in Mind
We design our packaging with the environment in mind. For every product, the Lexmark packaging team carefully considers the following environmental concerns:
- The amount of packaging used
- The effects of packaging on shipping
- The types of materials used
- The recyclability of packaging materials
During the design phase, Lexmark engineers determine the shipping requirements of each product. They consider the overall size of the product, its shape, and the included accessories. The overall ruggedness of the printer is another significant factor: the more robust the printer is, the less packaging it requires. Less packaging lowers costs, reduces materials disposed in local landfills and ensures that goods are transported in the most efficient manner.
At Lexmark, we apply this eco-logic not only to printers but also to supplies and service parts. Our packaging materials are derived from both renewable and nonrenewable sources. Those derived from renewable sources include corrugated cardboard boxes, molded pulp cushions and wooden pallets. Those derived from nonrenewable sources include cushions made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polyethylene (EPE); polyethylene bags; fasteners such as staples, twist ties and tape; plastic strapping and plastic stretch wrap.
Lexmark catalogs the amount of packaging material used with every product to ensure that designs adhere to a minimalist approach and remain highly recyclable.
Estimated Packing Material in Lexmark Multifunction Mono Products in 2015
We quantify our efficiency through a life cycle assessment (LCA). Acting on our findings, we expect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and conserve natural resources.