Product Stewardship occurs when all those involved in the life cycle of a product take shared responsibility to reduce health and environmental impacts and gain the most value from a product.
Product Stewards continuously improve efforts at each stage of the life cycle to:

  • use the LEAST material and energy
  • use materials that can be MANAGED SAFELY by
  • preventing losses and exposures
  • reducing toxicity and safety hazards
  • use processes that are EFFICIENT in materials transfer
  • capture and REUSE and/or RECOVER material and energy
  • preferably within the same product life cycle

Every loss of material or inefficient energy transfer represents a RISK:

  • depletion of natural resources
  • exposure to workers, users, the environment
  • contribution to climate change and other ecosystem degradation

OPPORTUNITIES arise for each commercial player in the life cycle of a product to:

  • save money
  • by eliminating wasted materials and energy and the costs to manage waste purchases, storage, transportation, compliance, manpower and time
  • increase loyalty and reputation
  • employees, customers, shareholders and communities want to deal with product stewards who care about their health and environment
  • supply chain partners who want to work with a product steward
  • satisfy customers with new services and products
  • by saving customer’s money by reducing their risks and costs
  • by identifying new ways to satisfy needs with products that have good life cycle management
  • make money

OPPORTUNITIES arise for customers, communities and the environment throughout the life cycle of a product because

  • products are more SUSTAINABLE
  • products better meet ALL STAKEHOLDER needs
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP - because it’s the right thing to do!

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