By promoting our digital download option and by offering access to our products on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, we’re able to eliminate the need for product packaging and reduce our environmental footprint, overall.
One of the ways we’re working to reduce our environmental footprint is by promoting our digital download option, which eliminates the need for packaging. In 2012, 73 percent of our licensed products were delivered in this format.
While digital download is becoming increasingly popular, we recognize some customers still prefer our products in physical form. Addressing this reality, in 2011 we set a 2012 target to reduce the amount of packaging per product unit by 40 percent. We achieved this initial goal and are now aiming to double it with an 80 percent reduction by 2014.
We’re also striving to increase our ratio of environmentally friendly packaging materials. By replacing the firm plastic used in our packaging with paper, in 2012 we achieved a fully recyclable package.
We work with global third-party companies to print packaging, replicate discs, and assemble our products. Although we don’t own these operations, we have a tremendous opportunity to positively impact environmental sustainability efforts by encouraging other companies to reduce shipping materials, optimize transportation logistics, and comply with environmental regulations.
We ensure manufacturing waste is significantly reduced through effective inventory management, resulting in an overall product scrap rate of less than 1 percent of total packaged product revenue, well below the industry average. For the remainder of our scrap waste, we’ve worked with suppliers to establish recycling programs in all geographic locations where recycling infrastructures are accessible.
Waste reduction programs are deployed where possible at our facilities worldwide. For example, the approximate 2,100 employees at our San Jose, California, campus actively engage in recycling and composting programs that divert over 99 percent of the facility’s solid waste from the landfill. Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum cans, printer toner cartridges, kitchen grease and batteries are recycled, and food waste, landscaping waste, paper utensils, and food containers are composted.
In 2010 we selected SIMS Recycling to be our global e-waste collection and management partner. Together we’re developing processes to recycle and dispose of our technology-related hardware, such as outdated computers, servers, and printers.