At Toyota, our environmental commitment extends across our operations through
the full life cycle of our products - from design to production to use to disposal.
We are developing and managing vehicles and technologies through their "life-cycle
assessment" footprint. To reduce waste in our manufacturing plants and
processes, we make all possible uses of the 5Rs - refine, reduce, reuse, recycle
and recover energy.
- We have reduced our water usage per vehicle by 20% since 2003 and continue
efforts to improve water management.
- Through our aggressive use of waste management and recycling, our North
American plants have reduced their landfill waste by 96% or more since 1999.
- We are continuing to evaluate materials from renewable resources such
as a plastic made from corn and natural fabrics for vehicle interiors. For
example, we have introduced a soy oil-based polyurethane foam for use in
passenger seats in the Corolla and the Lexus RX.
- Currently, our End of Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling/recovery rate is over
90% with a goal of 95% ELV recycling/recovery by 2015.
- The use of metal returnable shipping containers in our parts distribution
network has saved over 30 million pounds of wood, 10 million pounds of cardboard,
and $20 million in packaging costs, since the program launched in 2003.
- We have extensive programs to reduce the use of substances of concern
(SOCs) in vehicles, minimize undesirable emissions from manufacturing operations,
and further improve vehicle emission standards.