Every product has an environmental “footprint” – the resources used and pollutants released over the life of the product, including supply chain, production, use, and management at end-of-life. “Carbon footprint” is the most common type of footprint, but businesses are exploring other types of footprints as well, addressing issues such as the water used to make products, or the toxic chemicals released over their life.
Brand owners are increasingly turning to product footprints as a way to better understand and manage environmental impacts, to uncover opportunities to reduce costs and risk, and to increase market share. Large retailers are increasingly requesting information about product-level environmental impacts, and some other nations are discussing requiring footprints of products sold into their markets, which could impact Oregon businesses.
Understanding the Potential and Challenges of Product-Level Environmental Footprinting
DEQ is pleased to be working with the State of Washington and the Oregon Sustainability Board on a project to evaluate the potential benefits and challenges inherent in product-level environmental footprinting with an advisory group of stakeholders drawn from across Oregon and Washington.
Read more about the Product Environmental Footprinting Advisory Group
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