What is Product Stewardship? (and why your business should support it)
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), or Product Stewardship,
means those who design, produce, and sell a product take responsibility for
all stages of the product’s life cycle, including after the product has served
its original purpose.
Doing well by doing good
- Design it green—Be a leader in innovation. Eliminate inefficiencies.
Foster company pride and consumer loyalty.
- Use nontoxic materials—Eliminate the health, safety and liability concerns
that come with using hazardous materials.
- Make it clean— Reduce operating costs by using manufacturing facilities
and production methods that reduce waste, air and water pollution.
- Encourage reuse—Reuse is the most efficient way for businesses to reduce
solid waste, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Conserve resources—Use recycled-content materials in products and packaging.
Virgin materials carry a heavy environmental toll and are sometimes more
expensive. And you’ll support the market for recycled materials.
- Offer the product as a service—Consider leasing instead of selling
your product. Many consumers, especially buyers for business and government,
would prefer to lease rather than buy. Taking back your product at the
end of the lease may give you a competitive edge.
- Take it back!—Develop convenient take-back programs for your products
at their end-of-life. Your customers will thank you and you’ll develop
For more information, see California Product Stewardship Council’s Greening the Bottom Line brochure (PDF: 1.08 MB)).
Product Stewardship Council’s mission is to shift California’s product
waste management system from one focused on government-funded and rate payer-financed
waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to
reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote