Why you can feel good about buying and using Toshiba business phone systems
Eco-conscious products create value and richer lifestyles while reducing environmental impact. For business telephone systems, environmental impact centers around more efficient use of resources and raw materials, more eco-friendly manufacturing processes and less waste. So the familiar mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” is a hallmark of our product and process design.
By meeting or exceeding high environmental standards, we’ve kept tons of toxic chemicals and other substances out of the ecosystem. Toshiba’s Strata® CIX™ and IPedge® systems and 5000-series IP and digital phones comply with Restriction of Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directives and environmental guidelines such as those defined in the Joint Industry Guide (JIG) issued by the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA).
That means we’ve eliminated all chemicals targeted in JIG Section 15 from our manufactured parts. We eliminated PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and BFR (brominated flame retardants) from surface plastics in the 5000-Series IP and digital telephones. We eliminated PVC from phone cords. As a result of innovative molding techniques, we eliminated the need to apply paint or surface coatings to IP and digital phones.
On the use side, we have also reduced the energy consumption of Toshiba’s business telephone systems. For example, our 5000-series phones use up to 10 percent less energy than earlier series. Select models offer even more efficiency with a “sleep” mode that automatically turns off the backlight. Reducing energy usage is not only good for the environment; it reduces your cost of ownership.
For more than 20 years, we have designed our products with smart migration in mind. When upgrading and expanding your systems, you can retain many components you already have, which avoids needless e-waste.
For example, upgrading from a Strata CIX670 system to CIX1200 can be as simple as replacing a processor card and reusing the current cabinets, interface cards and endpoints. Upgrading a Strata CIX system to get new IP capabilities is as easy as adding Toshiba’s IPedge Application Server.
And when migrating from a Strata CIX system to an IPedge on-premises system or VIPedge® cloud-based telephone solution, you can reuse your Toshiba IP 5000-series phones and IP4100 SIP DECT wireless phones. We don’t believe in the wastefulness of planned obsolescence.
To minimize the amount of waste going into landfills, we eliminated foam polystyrene materials from interior packaging materials and replaced them with eco-friendly, recyclable materials that provide equivalent protection.
We also participate in a number of recycling programs, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Plug-In to eCycling program and eBay’s Rethink Initiative. We also recycle equipment traded in through our dealer network and host a special Earth Day recycling event.
Let’s not forget one of the biggest ways Toshiba’s business communications systems reduce environmental impact — Voice over IP (VoIP). Today’s IP technologies make it easy to seamlessly connect distant locations, remote workers and mobile staff. Set up simultaneous ringing or call forwarding of office phone calls to multiple alternate phones, including a home phone or mobile device. Install a softphone or software program on a home computer for making telephone calls over the Internet. Download the latest desktop and mobile client applications to your device of choice — a PC, computer, laptop or a mobile device — for voice or video calling, instant messaging and more. Easily share high-quality Web and video conferencing among distributed employees. Toshiba’s IP-based products remove the barriers to communication and allow distributed workers to collaborate across wide distances without having to fuel cars or airplanes. That’s a positive lifecycle impact for the earth and the working humans who inhabit it.