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Products end-of-life

For Groupe SEB, protecting the environment is not limited to production sites, although all of them are involved in an environmental certification process, or to transport. It is part of every stage in a product’s life, including end-of-life processing.


Recycling, a priority

The days of tossing old household appliances in the family dustbin are over! A change in attitude is necessary today. Recycling items that have reached the end of their useful lives is our priority. All the Group’s products are evaluated in terms of their potential recyclability, using a harmonised approach. To increase this rate, the Group gives preference to materials that can be recycled (metallic components, certain plastics like polypropylene) and seeks to reduce the number of different materials used in its products to facilitate sorting. It also provides for quick and easy disassembly of its appliances. The average potential recyclability for new product families designed in 2015 reached nearly 79%.



Collecting for better processing

A recyclable product is good, but a recycled product is better!
In France, Groupe SEB played a leading role in 2006 in creating Eco-Systèmes, a government authorised eco-organization which handles almost ¾ of the electrical and electronic waste in France, including small domestic appliance waste.
In other European countries, Groupe SEB is a member of various eco-organizations such as Ecoped in Italy, Repic in the UK, ElekroEko in Poland, etc.

In other European countries, Groupe SEB is a member of various eco-organizations such as Ecoped in Italy, Repic in the UK, ElekroEko in Poland, etc.


Products at the end of their lifecycle: pots and pans too...

In Europe, small electrical appliances at the end of their lifecycle are collected and processed by eco-organisations, but frying pans, saucepans and casseroles do not yet have a specific process dedicated to them. Since 2012, Groupe SEB has worked with Éco-systèmes and the major retailers to set up a recycling chain for end-of-life cookware: consumers are asked to deposit their old products in stores, for a discount voucher. The products are then sorted and a sufficient quantity of lumped material is recycled. Since 2012, 580,000 items of cookware have been collected, then recycled, as a result of these operations. Other countries have been implementing these types of initiatives for several years now. In the Netherlands, for example, more than four times as many items of end-of-life cookware were collected in 2015 than in 2014, with major involvement on the part of retailers committed to this initiative. Thailand has also been moving in this direction since 2013. In that country, products collected were turned over to a local association that manufactures prostheses (artificial legs) largely made of aluminium. In 2015 in the USA, All-Clad launched an innovative initiative to give its pans, known for their extreme longevity, a second life. Pans are refurbished and offered to chef customers at half the price of new pans.