What is Product Stewardship?

Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact throughout all stages of the products' life cycle. The greatest responsibility lies with whoever has the most ability to affect the life cycle environmental impacts of the products. The mission of the Council is to integrate product stewardship principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest.


The Producer Pays - Wharton School article

An April 2017 article in the Wharton School's online business journal, The Producer Pays, covered extended producer responsibility's (EPR) history and success, in and outside the U.S.

The concept of EPR is that companies that make consumer goods are responsible for managing their products and packaging at their end of life, turning what was formerly waste "into the 'food' for industry and the next generation of products."