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REVISION CARDS - THE ENVIRONMENT AND CUSTOMERS

V. Ryan 2014

 

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Potential customers often consider the environment, when buying products. Some of the questions they ask are listed below.
 

PRODUCTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
environment symbol Power consumption - Are high or low levels of electrical power
needed to use the product?

If the product needs batteries, are they rechargeable?

How much energy has been used to manufacture the product?

Has green energy (renewable energy) been used to manufacture the product?
  THE CUSTOMER AND RECYCLING

environment symbol Recycling - is the product easy to disassemble and recycle?

Is the product and its packaging made from recycled materials?

‘Closed loop’ recycling is where all the material used to make a product, is eventually recycled back into new products.

Has the product’s packaging been kept to the minimum or is it ‘over’ packaged?
 
 
 

THE MANUFACTURER, CUSTOMER
AND THE ENVIRONMENT

environmental symbol Does the manufacturer supply refills or expect it’s customers to buy replacements with wasteful packaging?

Is the manufacturer trying to reduce the products carbon footprint?

Is the manufacturer and / or retailer actively involved in encouraging people, especially young people, to reduce the waste?
  THE ECOLABLE

The Ecolable scheme is managed by the European Union. Established in 1992. Aims to promote products and services that are environmentally friendly.



Companies use this symbol / label to show that they sell products, that conserve the environment.
     
 
 
 
QUESTIONS
 
1. List two points about energy consumption, that the customer should consider, when purchasing a product?       2 marks
 
 
 
2. List two points about recycling, that the customer should consider, when purchasing a product?         2 marks
 
 
 
3. How can a responsible manufacturer help protect the environment, when manufacturing a product?          2 marks
 
 
 
 
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