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Google pledges to use recycled materials in all of its hardware products by 2022.

Google has pledged to use recycled materials in its hardware products by 2022. Logo Source: Google

“It’s an ongoing endeavour that involves designing in sustainability from the start and embedding it into the entire product development process and across our operations, all while creating the products our customers want.”

Technology giant Google has made a commitment to make sure all of its ‘Made by Google’ products will include recycled materials by 2022.

The pledge forms part of a series of sustainability commitments made by Google on 5 August.

The company did not set a percentage of recycled materials that will be in its products, but rather said that it will push to “maximise recycled content wherever possible.”

The portfolio currently includes hardware like Pixel phones, Pixelbooks, Google Home speakers, Nest, and accessories like phone cases and charging stands.

In a company blog, Google’s (@Google) head of sustainability for hardware, Anna Meegan, said the technology giant was also making a pledge to make all of its shipments carbon neutral by 2020 to promote sustainability in its hardware division.

Meegan added that Google would “make technology that puts people first and expands access to the benefits of technology”.

She explained: “My job is to integrate sustainability into our products, operations and communities — making it not just an aspect of how we do business, but the centrepiece of it.

“It’s an ongoing endeavour that involves designing in sustainability from the start and embedding it into the entire product development process and across our operations, all while creating the products our customers want.”

According to Meegan, Google’s commitments will build on the foundation and progress it has already made. In 2018, the technology giant began publishing its product environmental reports, which it said aim to “help everyone understand what our products are made of, how they’re built and how they get shipped to you”.

According to Google, from 2017 to 2018, its carbon emissions decreased by 40% for product shipments.

Google is not the only technology giant pressing ahead with plans to reduce its environmental footprint. The move by Google follows Apple’s environmental initiative to use recycled materials in its products.

Earlier this year, Samsung also announced a similar pledge, promising to use sustainable materials in its product packaging.


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