As responsible members of the business community, it is our desire and pledge to leave the environment better than we found it. As consumers of the earth's resources, we consider it our responsibility to reduce and if possible eventually eliminate the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes.
As a matter of policy, QSC complies with all applicable environmental regulations. This includes (but is not limited to) global environmental laws, such as EU RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC), EU WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC), China RoHS, Korean RoHS, U.S. Federal and State Environmental Laws and various resource recycling promotion laws around the world.
At QSC we follow the Three R's:
The best thing that we can do for the planet is to use less of it. Reduce refers to lessening the amount of items or resources that are consumed, using only the amount that is needed, and looking for alternatives that will lessen our use. This includes purchasing durable, long-lasting goods; products and packaging that are as free of toxins as possible; and redesigning products to use fewer raw materials. QSC uses several different types of source reduction packaging and janitorial supplies. One of our primary goals is to design products that conserve resources and energy while producing more efficient, thinner, and lighter products - without compromising the performance.
When making purchasing decisions, we consider items that are durable and reusable. Extending the life of a product or repurposing an item rather than discarding it is an effective means of reuse. This is considered to be even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again. By reusing products you can keep operational costs down and do your part to be environmentally friendly. QSC Reuses products such as loosefill material, for cushioning; it requires no maintenance, and reduces inventory space. QSC also has reusable containers that are returned to suppliers for the next delivery.
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources that can be used to make new products. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. It is significantly better than throwing materials away which then get sent to landfills. Recycling also includes buying products with recycled content. In order to make recycling feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. By doing so, we create a benefit, both economical and environmental. Purchasing products made from, or packaged in recycled materials saves resources for future generations. As we all know all good things come to an end but before you dump your packaging into a landfill try recycling. For the many materials that cannot be eliminated through source reduction or be as effective this is where recycling comes in. QSC products replaced with newer systems can be retired to other venues or become rental systems. By recycling our package, materials and supplies we minimize the amount of waste generation by recovering and reprocessing usable products.
Striving for Sustainability...
...in Product Development
Much of the content of our products - steel, aluminum, and copper - is 100% recyclable. Seeking alliances with earth-friendly vendors and suppliers is a prime directive for our designers, supply chain and manufacturing team.
We strive to develop products that raise the bar for audio performance and reliability while reducing size, weight and material content. QSC amplifiers have long been designed with maximum conversion efficiency in mind and are highly efficient at converting AC mains power into useable audio output. The revolutionary QSC PowerLight™ technology not only reduces energy consumption but also enables designs that use less copper, steel and aluminum.
QSC loudspeakers such as the WideLine™ series provide very high acoustic output and audio quality from extremely compact enclosures. This permits touring users to transport high output concert sound rigs in smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
We have eliminated all use of solvent based adhesives, fluxes, and paints and replaced them with water-based, environment-friendly, materials throughout our operations. A revision of all cutting patterns has reduced wood waste. All sawdust from manufacturing is sent to a recycler. Per piece Job travelers, purchase orders, receiving file copies and document control have been replaced by paperless systems.
All QSC's corrugated cartons are made of 65% recycled material. Packaging practices are modified to minimize waste and save valuable resources. Local JIT (Just In Time) suppliers are delivering components in reusable containers instead of boxed.
...in Energy Consumption
Our progress towards reduced energy consumption is a result of changing motors and processes so that they run only when product needs to be moved. Most conveyors run only when product is present and needs to be transported.
...in Waste Management
100% of all inbound carton packaging material is removed by local recyclers. Likewise, all aerosols and batteries are sent to the appropriate places for recycling or disposal. QSC has an e-Waste Program. A program designed to reduce the amount of electronic waste requiring disposal. It includes waste prevention, recycling, reuse, and the purchase and manufacture of goods that have recycled content or produce less waste.
QSC has substantially reduced the amount of paper used for marketing by means of electronic distribution of many marketing materials. We have eliminated mass distribution of printed marketing materials to our channel partners in favor of an on-demand approach that substantially reduces waste.
QSC Marketing has also adopted a "designing for sustainability" philosophy. A few notable changes include increasing a balance of digital web based delivery and print delivery options, shifting to FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified printing papers with high recycled content, using Soy based ink, choosing sources that minimize transportation and raising awareness through the use of recycle symbols on print materials.
...in Office Waste Management
We invite all our business partners to share with us, their progress towards sustainability for the mutual benefit of us becoming sustainable businesses.