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Toyota Production System & The Environment

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

Toyota has a policy in place to reduce CO2 emissions, use resources more efficiently, and reduce environmental risk factors. Considering the environment at all four stages of a product’s life is the responsible approach towards environmental issues.

Throughout its wide range of activities, Toyota always considers the environment as part of its daily operations. The policy is to analyze effects at every stage of a products’ life: development, manufacturing, operation, and recycling.

Toyota Production System (TPS) philosophy also includes the 3Rs:

  • Reduce

  • Reuse

  • Recycle


With respect to manufacturing, the reduction of waste (muda) is one of the key principles and, therefore, benefits of TPS. Reduction of waste in processing, inventory, conveyance, overproduction, motion, waiting, and manufacturing defects delivers direct environmental benefits.

At a lower level, waste sorting has long been practiced at Toyota’s manufacturing plants and Toyota’s forklift plant in Columbus, Indiana, where the majority of Toyota forklifts are built, has achieved ISO 14001 certification.

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