We want to improve people’s quality of life through meaningful innovation and we aim to achieve that by using our planet’s limited resources in a sustainable way. This calls for Philips to continuously work on the environmental performance of our products, which includes e-waste management, designing for recyclability and reuse amongst other factors.

We have been working on the most outer loop of the circular economy, recycling, for almost a decade.

One of the targets of our sustainability program, EcoVision, is to double the global collection and recycling and the amount of recycled materials in our products by 2015 compared to 2009.


The amount of collection and recycling for 2013 (reported in 2014) was calculated at 31,500 tonnes, a 3% increase compared to 31,000 tonnes reported in 2013, mainly driven by lower weight of products and components in Healthcare, offset by higher volumes in Lighting. The 2009 baseline for global collection and recycling amounts was around 22,500 tonnes, based on the data retrieved from the WEEE collection schemes and from our own recycling and refurbishment services (mainly Healthcare).

WEEE collected (in tons)

WEEE collected

Philips recycles used products and related packaging materials in accordance with all environmental laws. To get there, we work with various organizations. Depends on where you are around the globe, retrieve detailed information on how to properly recycle Philips products from the list below..

Recycling information for our Healthcare equipment

Philips makes information available to reuse centers, treatment and recycling facilities on how to best dismantle and recycle our Healthcare equipment. These “Recycling Passport” are arranged by business/modality and product name or number for each type of EEE placed on the market. For more details please click here

Recycled materials in our products

To stimulate the use of recycled plastics we have set a target to use 3500 tons of recycled plastic in 2015. We calculate our performance by multiplying the weight of the recycled plastics per product and the number of products sold. Information on the amount of recycled polymers in plastics is provided by our suppliers.


We calculated the amount of recycled materials used in our products in 2014 at some 13,000 tonnes (2013: 14,000 tonnes), by focusing on the material streams plastics (Consumer Lifestyle), aluminum (Lighting), refurbished products, and spare parts harvesting (Healthcare) depending on the relevance in each sector. Our target is to double global collection and recycling and the amount of recycled materials in our products by 2015 compared to 2009, when the baseline was set at 7,500 tonnes.

Using Recycled Plastic in our Consumer Lifestyle Products (in tons)

Using Recycled Plastic in our Consumer Lifestyle Products

Overview of recycled plastics in consumer lifestyle products

Steam iron GC 37 series

Steam iron GC 37 series

We ensured that the plastic components of this iron is made of recycled plastics. We successfully replaced 11 components. This iron is made of 30% recycled plastics


  1. Sub- Inlay - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  2. Filling Door - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  3. Housing - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  4. Cover - Recycled Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  5. Thermostat Dial - Recycled Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  6. Inlay Normal - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  7. Inlay Cover - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)
  8. Backplate - Recycled Polycarbonate (PC)


Internal Parts

- Tank Bottom: Recycled PP Homopolymer

- Channel Plate: Recycle PP Homopolymer

- Cam Bracket: Recycled PC  

Green Performer Vacuum Cleaner

Green Performer Vacuum Cleaner

We used recycled Polypropylene (PP) for the plastic parts of this vacuum cleaner. We incorporate 25-47% of recycled plastics in our entire Performer vacuum cleaners range.


  1. Lower back
  2. Cord outlet
  3. Back plate
  4. Dust Cover
  5. Lower front



We use 13% recycled plastics in the SENSEO Up by replacing virgin materials of two components to recycled ones.


  1. We introduced a 90% recycled Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic from post consumer electronic waste into the baseplate.
  2. The frame is made of 40% reinforced polypropylene, a plastic used in many household appliances


Read more about our circular economy activities and especially the design of this machine on the Guardian.


Steam Generator – PerfectCare ECO Aqua

Steam Generator – PerfectCare ECO Aqua

About 50% of the weight of this machine is plastic. In total, 17 parts of this iron made of recycled plastics.


  1. Front lock bracket - Recycled PBT, 48% Post Consumer Resin (PCR)
  2. Tank bottom - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
  3. Stand bottom - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
  4. Housing - Recycled PC, 90% Post Consumer Resin (PCR)
  5. Iron inlay - Recycled PP, 90% Polyisocyanurate (PIR)