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Initiatives to Reduce Packaging Materials

Reduction rate for domestic packaging materials
(compared to FY2009)

  • Scope: TOTO LTD.'s manufacturing sites and all manufacturing sites of consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.
Seeking to reduce waste at construction sites, TOTO formulated its own packaging design guidelines based on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

In fiscal 2019, we have achieved reduction rate of 8.1% compared to the 2013 level by changing packaging materials, etc..

Reduce: Lessen the amount of packaging materials
Examples: Simple packaging, no packaging, set packaging
Reuse: Using the same packaging materials repeatedly
Example: Returnable box
Recycle: Concern for recycling
Examples: Using recyclable materials, or devising a product configuration that allows easier separation of the materials at the time of disposal

Examples of Packaging Materials Reduction

Development of crush-proof cushioning technique achieved in one single cardboard for products of different sizes

Sanitary ware is hard and less prone to scratching and dents; on the other hand, such products are heavy and can be fragile. Therefore, although they require cushioning materials, it was hard to share one cushioning material among products with different product numbers, and we had to design and prepare different packaging materials for different products. Using GFG processing, a patented technology from Nichiei-Shikosha Co., Ltd., and Nippon Tokan Package Co., Ltd., we now have designed a cushioning material with stoppers.

Also, in the traditional packaging, we used to use a lot of packaging materials to prevent products from moving. However, by creating an uneven surface, we managed to achieve the following effects:
• Reduced cardboard use and CO2 emissions by 16%.
• Succeeded in designing one cushioning material that fits all product sizes.
• Developed a common packaging for three products

Cushioning material with stoppers (outwardly-projecting part)

Reduced use of cardboard

Fiscal year Winning Name Point
2000 Logistics Award*1 Returnable package for multi-function toilet seat Returnable package
2001 Electric equipment packaging category Award Compact package for an integrated Washlet Ecological package
2002 Logistics Award Returnable package for multi-function toilet seat Returnable package
Electric equipment packaging category Award*1 Functional package for low-silhouette Washlet Construction-oriented package
2003 Logistics Award Shipping box for components Returnable package
2004 Technical Packaging Award*1 Universality partition Package structure
2005 Appropriate Package Award*1 Paper joint Ecological package
2006 Appropriate Package Award Simple package UD / CS package
2007 Electric equipment packaging category Award*1 Returnable package distributable to multiple sites Ecological package
2008 Electric equipment packaging category Award*1 Package that suspends a Washlet in it Package structure
2009 Japan Star Award: Chairman of Japan External Trade Organization Award*1 Packaging for TOTO NEOREST Package structure
2010 Japan Star Award: Japan Productivity Center Chairman's Award*1*2 Wall-mounted toilet packaging with "wonder" construction Package structure
2011 Appropriate Package Award "Packaging Material 50% Cut" Energy Conservation Package Ecological package
Large Equipment Packaging Category Award "SLIM-ONE-PACKAGE" of Remodeled Toilet Package structure
2012 Japan Star Award: Manufacturing Industries Bureau Award Eco-friendly Package for Washlet Tank Package structure
2014 Japan Star Award: President of Japan Packaging Institute Award*1*2 Buffer material for 3D structures that can be assembled easily by anyone Package structure
Technical Packaging Award: Logistics Award*1*2 Tapeless seal for 13ZJ tank returnable boxes Ecological package
2015 Japan Star Award: Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award*1*2 Easily Openable Box「PON-PA」 Ecological package
2016 Japan Star Award: Japan Productivity Center Chairman's Award*1*2 The box with cushioning function fits contents of different shapes Package structure
2017 Technical Packaging Award*1*2 Triangular structured compartment which covers product-slopes Package structure
2018 Japan Star Award: Manufacturing Industries Bureau Award*1*2 Crush-proof cushioning partition using the spring property of cardboard boxes Package structure
Industrial Packaging Category Award*2 Various lengths of hand grips tray with partition adjustments Package structure
2019 Industrial Packaging Category Award*2 Development of crush-proof cushioning technique achieved in one single cardboard for products of different sizes Package structure
*1 Packaging that also received ASIASTAR Award at the "ASIASTAR Competition"
*2 Packaging that also received WORLDSTAR Award at the "WORLDSTAR Competition"