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Digi-Key Environmental - Conservation, Education & Waste Reduction

A Message From the President

As a major employer in Northwest Minnesota, Digi-Key has long been aware of its potential impact on our shared resources and, therefore, its responsibility to be a good environmental steward.  As Digi-Key continues to grow, our commitment is to minimize the impact of our business on the environment while continuing to provide the best customer service in the industry.

Mark Larson
President, Digi-Key Corporation

Environmental Policy/Mission Statement

Digi-Key is committed to minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment and to abiding by all applicable and relevant national and international environmental laws and regulations. To accomplish this Digi-Key will maintain an Environmental Management System that will:

•  Include Efforts to Maximize the Efficient Use of Corporate Resources,
   Prevent Pollution, and Reduce Waste.
•  Increase Environmental Awareness Among Customers,
   Suppliers, and Employees.
•  Be Fully Supported and Reviewed Annually by Executive Management.
•  Monitor and Assure Compliance to all National and International
   Laws and Regulations.
•  Identify and Monitor Key Environmental Metrics.
•  Provide Continuous Improvement.

RoHS Compliance Plan

We continue to work with our 650+ supply partners to provide access to available
RoHS information.

We can take order requests for RoHS compliant, lead-free, or, in some cases, leaded product.

We will provide notice, based on order history, of product obsolescence or product compliance transition.

Our online Part Search can be used to navigate to the selected part's detail screen. From here, you can link to technical information about the product, including technical drawings, datasheets, application notes and photos (if available). You may also link directly to the manufacturer's
Web site.

You may choose to use our on-line RoHS Verification tool to obtain the RoHS or lead-free status compliance. The tool can be used for a single item, or you can conveniently cut and paste your parts list directly from a BOM. The returned information can be downloaded into an Excel format for ease of review.

You may request a RoHS Purchase History Report, which is based on your Digi-Key purchase history, for a specific customer record/location. Please include your customer number and site location with your request.

RoHS compliance information supplied by Digi-Key is based solely on information provided to Digi-Key by the manufacturer.

Digi-Key is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

Addional RoHS Information:

EU RoHS | China RoHS | RoHS FAQ's

REACH Statement

Digi-Key Corporation supports the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation) objective and is actively surveying our suppliers and product to gain awareness of any substances of very high concern (SVHC).

Digi-Key Corporation, a distributor of electronic components, supplies and equipment, is fully aware of and supports the REACH initiative. REACH consists of European chemical legislation that is applicable in all 27 EU member states, as well as the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland . REACH creates a system for gathering information to assess risks to human health and the environment, and authorize or restrict the marketing and use of chemicals produced or supplied in the EEA. REACH has an impact on the EEA producer's importers and distributors, as well as users of chemicals in the course of industrial or professional activities. Requirements are phased and will be applicable over several years.

Digi-Key Corporation will display REACH status icons and dates to indicate when the product was identified as being REACH supportive. The icons and explanation of the REACH statuses are explained below. A status date alongside the icon will be noted when applicable.

REACH UnaffectedREACH Unaffected – The product and its packaging does not contain any substances of very high concern as identified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

REACH AffectedREACH Affected – The product does contain a substance of very high concern as identified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and may require consideration prior to ordering this part.

N/A ReachN/A REACH – The product has not yet been classed for REACH status.

Digi-Key Corporation distributes a very wide selection of products, and not all the products we sell has a REACH status at this time. Customers must take an active role in understanding environmental compliance of product and selecting products accordingly.


Catalog Reduction

In April of 2010, Digi-Key Corporation made the decision to cease production of its paper catalog. In 2008, Digi-Key Corporation printed 4.5 million catalogs. At 4.5 lbs. per catalog, this has reduced paper usage by 20,250,000 lbs., and in turn reduced tree consumption by over 172,000 each year. In place of the paper catalog, we now offer our user-friendly Online Catalog. The Online Catalog is updated daily, providing our customers up-to-the-minute access to the latest products available at Digi-Key.

Conflict Materials

Digi-Key Corporation is actively surveying our supply chain and currently has not confirmed any "conflict minerals", as defined in "Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as California Senate Bill 861" in our supply chain. "Conflict materials" are defined as using materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or any adjoining countries (“DRC Countries”) in the manufacture
of their products.

"Conflict Minerals" include: 1) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); 2) cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); 3) gold; 4) wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); 5) their derivatives; or 6) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the DRC Countries.

Digi-Key makes every effort to constantly audit our supply chain to assure our customers that our products contain no conflict materials.

Smart Packaging/Environmental Packaging

In 2008, Digi-Key was working to overcome challenges associated with incredible business growth - a great challenge to have, but one that needed to be conquered. One of these challenges was package size. Our most popular box size was a 9" X 9" X 4". It would typically work for around 65% of our orders, gave great package security strength, and had next to zero claim frequency. There were some apprehensions, however,
to whether we could reduce the size again, yet still hold onto package integrity, low claim frequency, and customer satisfaction?

The answer was yes. Working with our corrugated supplier, we were able to create a box that could be shipped anywhere in the world, still maintained our package integrity, yet was reduced to a dimension of
9" X 9" X 2". This is a multifaceted victory because we were able to increase our package density on our carriers by 40%, while reducing the number of feeder aircraft and trailers required to move the 13,000 packages that we ship per day. As a function of this redesign, we were also able to implement increased recycled material into the boxes, garnering Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification without sacrificing the quality of the box. The biggest victory gained from this reduction was the savings we were able to pass on to all of our customers who require air or international service by reducing typical size from a dim weight factor of 2lbs. down to 1lb.

Digi-Key also uses a product called Geami for our inner packaging protection. Geami is a sustainable protective packaging solution that is 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable, and is SFI certified, as well.

Both the environment and our customers were winners from this initiative, and Digi-Key will continue to improve our efficiency and
environmental awareness.

Recycle Rechargeable Batteries (USA and Canada only)

Digi-Key recognizes the effect batteries may have on the environment. We have joined forces with the RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) as a means for our customers to obtain more information on recycling their Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), and Small Sealed Lead* rechargeable batteries.

RBRC maintains a website (www.call2recycle.org) and two "hotline" phone numbers (800-8-BATTERY [800-822-8837] and 877-2-RECYCLE [877-273-2925]) where residents can find a location to bring rechargeable batteries for recycling.

* weighing less than 2 lbs./1 kg
For Sealed Lead batteries weighing more than 2lbs/1kg please call

Green Mug Program

Through Digi-Key's continued efforts to reduce its use of plastic, we have a mug program for new employees. Every employee receives a new mug when they begin their career with Digi-Key. Each break room comes equipped with multiple ice and water machines. Instead of purchasing a bottle of water, employees have the option of filling their mug with either water or coffee without having to use a plastic bottle or disposable cup. With 2,500 employees, this is a significant amount of plastic and Styrofoam that is kept out of landfills.