Kodak has a long history of product stewardship from recovering silver from manufacturing and photofinishing operations to efficiently recycling post-consumer polyester scrap into new film base.
Kodak's product assessment program reviews HSE considerations of new product commercialization across the entire product life cycle. The goal is not only to achieve worldwide regulatory compliance for new products but also incorporate other environmental attributes that position Kodak's products on the leading edge of the market. These beyond compliance positions are codified in Kodak’s internal Product Standards. These standards originated in 1991 and are intended to integrate the sources of potential future regulatory requirements, competitors' actions and public opinion into measurable standards that all new commercialization programs must meet.
Kodak's objective is to enhance our capability to develop product systems that enable environmentally sustainable growth. The environmental dimension of sustainable growth, often termed eco-efficiency, necessitates a product focus beyond current regulatory compliance. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other related tools are used to gauge and improve the eco-efficiency of product systems to provide more product or service value for less environmental influence. The tools quantitative and qualitative methods may be applied to analyze environmental impacts across all life stages of a product system: material acquisition, manufacturing, packaging/distribution, use, and end-of-life. Eco-efficiency tools are used to establish metrics, set design targets, provide design guidance, and/or compare competing technologies based on associated environmental impacts.
To help meet the challenge, Kodak has partnered with academic institutions to enhance its eco-efficiency tools, obtain a better understanding of the environmental profiles of various imaging systems, and identify opportunities for improvement. No matter what the technology, at each stage of its "life cycle," Kodak has programs to drive down the use of resources, reduce the waste generated and minimize the environmental impacts.
Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an analysis of the environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire life cycle, including:
- Raw material production
- Product use
- Packaging and distribution
- End of life disposition
Kodak applies LCA principles to improve the attributes of our products, to respond to customer questions, and to support marketing claims.