Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Responsible packaging and labeling

Semiconductors | Education Technology

Accurate product labeling and responsible packaging are critical for timely distribution to customers and compliance with international shipping regulations. Larger and heavier packages can impact the environment and our bottom line, which is why we explore new ways to continually reduce shipping costs, lower fuel consumption, and reduce waste.

For all of our product shipments, we try to:

  • Increase packing density to move actual weight closer to charged dimensional weight.
  • Eliminate heavy and expensive custom-cut foam, nonrecyclable foam, and foam and cardboard waste.
  • Reuse our own packaging materials whenever possible.


As a leader in packaging technology, we strive to minimize waste while ensuring quality delivery by:
  • Reusing and systematically reviewing the packing material used to transport semiconductor chips between our manufacturing locations and to our customers.
  • Shipping DLP® products to customers in nontoxic, reusable plastic packages. These are reused multiple times and eventually recycled.Shipping DLP® products to customers in nontoxic, reusable plastic packages.
    These are reused multiple times and eventually recycled.
  • Using the Multipak reusable packing system, primarily in Japan. After receiving an order, the customer returns the entire package (box and shipping materials) to a third party, which certifies the packing for reuse. With Multipak, we are able to reuse 100 percent of the shipping container and internal packing materials. If the materials do not pass inspection, they are recycled.
We also stack semiconductor chips vertically, which reduces board space and allows customers to make smaller electronics that are more powerful. This also reduces the boards' total energy and cooling costs.

To conserve materials and comply with global regulations, we ship Pb-free products using packing labels that meet the standard set jointly by the IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries and the Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council J-STD-609.

Products labeled Pb-free must also fully meet the EU's Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment requirements.

Education Technology

TI's Education Technology division keeps a close eye on the packaging industry, which is working diligently to find an alternative to the plastic the company uses. However, finding a suitable alternative is challenging because we must balance environmental considerations with damage-free transport of products and the practical needs of the retail stores that sell our products.

Many European countries recycle ET display packaging under the EU Green Dot program. A green dot indicates that the packaging is part of a privately organized recycling system and that expenses for proper reuse or disposal have been paid.