At ASL we have the environment at the heart of everything we do, only working with partners who share this philosophy, manufacturing and recycling products and parts in the most environmentally friendly manner. Below we have an example of the environmental practices of one of our key partners, Lexmark:
One of our key focus areas at Lexmark is to challenge ourselves to apply circular economy principles to our product design, operations and recycling programmes, ensuring we can continue to promote innovation and economic growth in a more environmentally sustainable manner.
We do this in a number of ways, starting with our product design. We combine new and recycled components into our cartridges to minimize their environmental footprint, and build our devices to last longer – well beyond the typical 2-3 year product lifecycle. We’re also fully committed to forming industry partnerships that can truly drive sustainability, like our founding membership in the European Remanufacturing Council (CER) where we help seek changes to policy with the aim of making remanufacturing a normal part of a product lifecycle.
Our most recent CSR report shows that we’re making steady progress towards meeting our goals, and in some cases have already exceeded them. For example:
- We achieved a minimum of 75% recycling rate for waste generated in 2018
- 83% of our supplies were regionally sourced in 2018 (against a goal of 80%)
- 53% of our cartridges and supplies that were returned in the same year, were reused