In terms of social and environmental responsibility, the ecological design of products and packaging is a priority for Petzl. Results from analyses of environmental impact studies on a product’s life cycle identified key areas for action.
Eco-design of products
Petzl products always meet the requirements of reliability, safety and durability. Design teams are constantly looking for effective solutions to meet user needs. Products must be simple, lightweight, long lasting, no-frills.
Today, Petzl also includes environmental criteria in product development. Indeed, environmental studies show that the main environmental impact of any industry lies in the manufacture of products, including materials.
Design teams are endlessly reviewing our entire range of products with the goal of broadening our responsibility throughout the life cycle of the product, from the selection of materials to the end of a product’s life.
The SIROCCO helmet was designed with sustainability in mind.
In terms of the product itself:
Significant weight reduction (165 g) compared to other products in the line with equivalent applications and standards.
The shell material (expanded polypropylene) is less impactful than other currently used plastics, and is recyclable.
In terms of packaging (minimized as much as possible):
Simple cardboard box is maximally exploited
Instructions on recycled paper
This product is assembled at a Petzl site in France
Optimization of packaging
Although packaging is less than 10 % of the environmental impact of our products, its life cycle is very short. Packaging is an extremely visible component of our products and represents an important interaction with our customers. Petzl therefore wishes to further extend its eco-design concept to packaging, and through this, inform our customers about our commitment to total responsibility.
Packaging design must meet several needs: protect the product, render it attractive, and particularly for Petzl, be reduced to the bare minimum in order to limit its environmental impact.
Petzl has identified a number of requirements in its Eco-Design Packaging Charter. These include not only promoting the use of natural materials, but also limiting the amount of materials, facilitating the ability to separate and to recycle packaging, and optimizing the packing of shipments to limit the impact of transport, etc.
Environmental impact is calculated for each new package design, allowing us to integrate the environmental factor into the selection criteria.
The packaging of the NAO is the first to respect the commitments of the eco-packaging charter.
The three areas for improvement are:
- maximized use of materials made from renewable resources
- 100 % separability of packaging components
- minimal use of plastic
Paperboard sourced from sustainably managed forests
Potato starch paper, recyclable in regular paper recycling bins
100 % natural
100 % biodegradable
Window in PVC-free APET
Detachable, reusable magnets
>> Download the charter of eco-design packaging [pdf - 180 ko]
Transport of products
The transport of products (including distribution) appeared as the second highest contributor of CO2 emissions (after materials used in product manufacturing) in the 2008 Carbon Footprint assessment (2007 base).
Scope of Carbon Footprint Assessment (flux taken into account)
A tool was therefore created to calculate internal greenhouse gas emissions for the transport of products. Ultimately, this calculation tool identifies priority areas for improvement, and also measures the impact of actions taken for improvement in relation to fixed reduction goals.
Biannual reports on the CO2 impact of all transport of products: in the context of projects and supplies for product manufacture, and also for customer deliveries around the world.
We also updated the carbon footprint of all our activities for the first half of 2013 (2012 data). A first report was produced in 2008, and we then gave ourselves the objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 2012. This objective was not reached, even though it is difficult to make a precise comparison because current numbers are more reliable than in 2008.
In particular, CO2 emissions linked to transport increased (along with a parallel increase in sales). This is why we continue to take action, especially to limit the use of air transportation:
- Validation procedure for any special air shipments
- Changes in international shipping rates
- Working together with our faraway customers to reduce air shipments in favor of ocean freight