In recognition for developing the world's first copier with erasable toner, Toshiba America Business Solutions was selected as a finalist for the Green Electronics Council's Catalyst Awards during the nonprofit's Emerging Green 2015 event in Portland, Ore. last night. The Green Electronics Council - also located in Portland - manages EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
The 2015 Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards recognize electronics and related infrastructures' positive impact on the circular economy. For the purposes of the 2015 Awards, circular economy was defined as "an economic system that is safe and restorative by intention and seeks to eradicate waste through the careful design, manufacture, use and handling of products and components." A third-party Judging Committee managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) evaluated qualitative and quantitative evidence to determine the winner. AAAS - based in Washington, D.C. - is an international nonprofit dedicated to advancing science for the benefit all people.
Toshiba's e-STUDIOTM306LP/RD30 - which incorporates a unique toner - is capable of erasing images and text output allowing for the reuse of paper. Users dramatically minimize paper usage - when reusing the same sheet as many as five times - while lessening carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 57 percent, as validated by the British Standards Institute, a global national standards organization.
The e-STUDIORD30 unit is where a page's output is erased. When applying heat, the toner color is effectively removed, thereby erasing any text or images on the page.
"The Catalyst Awards recognize initiatives throughout the electronics sector that balance innovation and practicality while delivering environmental benefits," said Scott Davis, Interim CEO of the Green Electronics Council. "We are pleased to count Toshiba among the Catalyst Award finalists and commend them for their work with the e-STUDIO line."
"Everyone at Toshiba connected to our eco copier is excited about becoming a Catalyst Awards finalist while receiving recognition from two preeminent organizations, the Green Electronics Council and the American Association for the Advancement of Science," said Bill Melo, Toshiba America Business Solution's chief marketing executive. "The idea for our eco copier is a reflection of one of our company's original pillars, which is to become an ecological steward throughout the global communities where we live and work."
Toshiba's e-STUDIO306LP/RD30 has already garnered several industry accolades, including a Stevie Award®, Best in Biz Award, Gold Winner for Most Innovative Product of the Year and the METI Minister's Award of Green IT.
About the Green Electronics Council
The Green Electronics Council is a non-profit organization that works with stakeholders around the world to inspire and catalyze environmental leadership throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. GEC supports stakeholders to develop both a shared vision of green electronics as the cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant world, and the practical tools to realize that vision. GEC supports the development of consensus-based environmental leadership standards and operates EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. For more information, please visit http://www.GreenElectronicsCouncil.org.
About Toshiba America Business Solutions
Irvine, Calif.-based Toshiba America Business Solutions ("TABS") is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company and the world's eighth-largest integrated electronics manufacturer. TABS provides printing, scanning and copying solutions, managed document services and digital signage for businesses of all sizes.
The company's award-winning e-STUDIOTM copiers and printers provide quality performance with the security businesses require. Complementing its hardware offering is a full suite of document workflow, capture and security services including EncompassTM, the company's industry-acclaimed Managed Print Services program. Encompass enables clients to print less and optimize workflow while improving energy efficiency.
TABS' ElluminaTM digital signage offering includes all of the hardware, software and services needed to implement both static and interactive digital signage installations. TABS provides content creation and management, displays, integration, installation and project management services as well as financing for solutions ranging for a single screen to the biggest arenas and stadiums.
TABS is comprised of five divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division; the Toner Products Division; the Document Solutions Engineering Division; the International Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions.