When it comes to Sandisk and the environment, the flash memory card company works to reduce its carbon footprint on several fronts.

On the product site, Sandisk maintains a ‘green procurement’ policy to make sure that its products meet strict limitations when it comes to the use of problem substances.

To that end, the company restricts and monitors the use of more than 50 substances and chemicals such as chlorine, bromine and antimony. The policy extends to Sandisk products as well as its suppliers, the company says on its website.

In addition, Sandisk says it makes available, upon request, material declaration sheets detailing the ingredients for its products and accessories.

One ingredient you won’t find in Sandisk packaging materials is polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. This material, which some believe causes human and environmental health problems, was phased out of all Sandisk packaging in Europe and the Americas in 2007. The company removed PVC from its packaging in the Pacific Rim in 2009.

Efficient IT

The company has also made a conscious effort to become more eco-friendly in its day-to-day business dealings.

For instance, employees are encouraged to make use of video conferencing technology whenever practical. This helps reduce costs as well as pollution by decreasing the amount of car and airline travel.

Similarly, the need for travel and mail delivery is reduced by encouraging employees to use web conferencing, email and instant messaging technology. This technology enables the sharing of documents, the giving of presentations and even plain, old-fashioned talking in real-time without having to travel.

The company also leverages desktop power management and other energy efficient technologies to help reduce power consumption. In addition, Sandisk says it encourages the consolidation and use of more efficient printers as well as recycled toner cartridges.

Green facilities

 Sandisk is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and completed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) evaluation survey for its Milpitas, Calif., headquarters campus.

Most recently, the company’s Shanghai facility began using a de-ionized water recycling treatment process. The recycling treatment helps Sandisk save 15,000 tons of water per month, or 21 percent of the total water usage.

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