Global technology leader Epson has recently announced a significant partnership with The 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to combatting the global crisis of plastic pollution through scientific research, educational initiatives, and advocacy. This collaboration aims to increase awareness of plastic pollution and explore practical solutions for customers to reduce plastic usage in both professional and domestic settings.
Sara Mais, Development Director of 5 Gyres, emphasizes the pivotal role of dedicated corporations in driving change and reducing plastic usage throughout their supply chains. She expresses confidence in Epson as a strong partner due to their shared commitment to environmental betterment, and together, they aspire to inspire others to make a positive impact on the environment and society at large.
5 Gyres has been at the forefront of the global movement against plastic pollution, harnessing nearly 15 years of experience in scientific research and engagement focused on plastic pollution issues. The organization’s team leads research efforts to find upstream solutions, evaluate innovative approaches, and advocate for sound policies that address the diverse sources of plastic pollution.
Kendra Jones, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer at Epson America, Inc., emphasizes the company’s dedication to being part of the solution in safeguarding our planet. This partnership will enable Epson to learn from experts in the field and motivate both Epson and its customers to further reduce their plastic footprint.
Epson’s corporate philosophy, known as “Sho-Sho-Sei” in Japan, revolves around the development of efficient, compact, and precise technologies. This philosophy has been ingrained in every Epson product from the beginning. By designing products with low energy consumption, minimized waste, a small physical footprint, high reliability, and minimal moving parts, Epson consistently provides outstanding solutions for its customers. A prime example of this commitment is seen in Epson EcoTank® printers, which generate zero cartridge waste. These printers feature supersized, easily refillable ink tanks and EcoFit® ink bottles, which substantially reduce the amount of cartridge waste that ends up in landfills.
Epson’s Environmental Vision 2050 outlines the company’s dedication to specific goals and actions that support global sustainability efforts. In line with this vision, Epson will back 5 Gyres’ solutions-focused research in 2023. This research will investigate the environmental impact and toxicity of bioplastics, assess the release of nano- and microplastics from common items, and evaluate novel materials within waste management streams, including composting.