Environmental protection is a priority for the conservation of precious natural resources and the continued health of our planet. Sonatest recognizes its responsibility as a global citizen and is continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do and the products we create.
Sonatest and the Global Environment
Sonatest takes pride in its history of innovation and thoughtful design. But technological leadership goes beyond what’s in the box. How we impact the environment is also important to us, and environmental considerations are an integral part of Sonatest’s business practices. From the earliest stages of product design through manufacturing, use, and recycling, we take care to keep our activities and our products environmentally sound.
Four areas of particular attention are product and packaging design, responsible manufacturing, energy efficiency, and recycling. Each aspect of the design cycle provides significant challenges, yet our efforts in these areas have resulted in some impressive results.
It all begins here. Reducing the environmental impact of our products starts with the product design phase. Design dictates the quantity of raw materials, type and recyclability of materials, energy consumption required for manufacturing and use, and the ease of recycling.
Sonatest plans to completely eliminate the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominates flame retardants (BFRs) in its products, and arsenic in the glass of flat-panel displays by the end of 2011.
Sonatest helps to safeguard the environment — as well as consumers’ safety — by restricting the use of environmentally harmful compounds in our materials and manufacturing processes. For example, our restricted substances program limits the use of heavy metals and ozone depleting substances in our products and manufacturing processes.
Sonatest’s holistic approach to recycling — encompassing a product’s entire lifecycle — includes extensive take-back programs that enable businesses to dispose of used Sonatest equipment in an environmentally sound manner.