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Design for Environment (DfE)

In addition to featured functions, costs, quality and marketing factors of the products, Everest has focused on Design for Environment (DfE) and taken the environmental impact in every stage of product life cycle into its design considerations. Based on the premise that the function of the products should not be compromised, appropriate procedures for product design are established and maintained following resource-economic, low-toxicity, and low-impact principles, which lead to more eco-friendly products and the actual economic benefits.

Everest takes a proactive manner to promote the development plans and effectiveness of the responsibility system for DfE. The Sales and Marketing departments target on promotion of green issues, market development, customer demand and support service. The Research and Development department aims at development, testing, establishment and certification of standards, and change of design of the green products. The Procurement department works on integration of the supply chain and proactively approaching suppliers who provide eco-friendly raw materials, components, and other materials. The Manufacture department focuses on maximising the production efficiency in accordance with resource-saving, low-pollution, and recyclable green manufacturing principles. The Finance department and the Environmental Protection department are in charge of the adjustments and overhaul base on costs, technology, environmental issue information and regulations.

Objectives

1. To inventory baseline of DfE products.
2. To found design criteria and strategic process.
3. To set up auditing process for new DfE products.
4. To advance initiatives of DfE products.

Accomplishments

1. Input Stream Management
˙To provide end-customers safe and reliable products as well as contribute to environmental protection with a socially responsible manner through assisting certification of raw materials and components used in manufacturing process.

2. Establishment of Everest's standard operation procedures for procurement and usage of components with Nike's Restricted Substances List.
˙To reduce the use of chemicals, dyestuffs, and auxiliaries.
˙To adopt optimised recipe to achieve energy saving.
˙To introduce eco-friendly components in order to reduce the wastewater treatment chemicals which further protects the environment.

3. Ameliorated dyeing recipe which reduced environmental impact, and maximum cost efficiency with regard to resource consumption.
˙The garments made by recycled polyester fabrics would be recyclable and more environmentally friendly.
˙The Green Products including PLA, PTT, and Recycled Polyester have been incorporated into the key development and marketing focuses.

4. Reuse and recycle of renewable resources
˙To experiment dyeing and finishing processes and optimise the use of chemicals.
˙To replace dryer with baker in baking process to take off the surplus water and reduce heat and electricity consumption.
˙To increase water reuse rate in dyeing process.

5. Efficiency enhancement and volume reduction
˙To reduce the volume of finished goods with air compressors.
˙To propagate and educate the usage of sellotapes and plastic bags.
˙To use corrugated boxes as an alternative to paperboard boxes in order to lessen packaging materials consumption and to bio-degrade these boxes may further reduce environmental impact.