Xerox employees rewarded for environmental solutions
The smallest package possible for ColorQube solid ink, reconstruction of dots per inch (DPI) kits, and reduction of greenhouse gases were just some of the innovations Xerox employees came up with when asked to submit green ideas.
This year's Earth Awards welcomed employee-driven environmental innovations that it said saved Xerox $10.2 million (£6.3 million) in 2010 alone. Ideas from Xerox facilities all around the world were received, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, France and the US.
Some 30 nominations were judged on innovation, practical results, duration of the project and the direct benefits to Xerox, with 13 winners finally being chosen. These include the creation of the smallest package possible for ColorQube solid ink, made by a team in Wilsonville, Oregon. The packaging is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled material.
Another team in Dundalk, Ireland, reconstructed Xerox DPI kits, rather than buying new ones. These control the rate that ink is released onto paper (dots per inch). The idea eliminated 32,000kg of material that would have otherwise been sent to landfill, and saved over $132,000.
"For 17 years, our Earth Awards programme has showcased how employees improve the business – and benefit the world – by eliminating waste," said Patty Calkins, Xerox vice president, environment, health, safety and sustainability. "Xerox employees have a strong sense of pride attached to our legacy of being environmentally conscious," she added.
Recently, the firm unveiled a simplified toner cartridge and supplies scheme, similar to the European Eco Box programme.
Posted by Barry Ashmore.