Google Commits To Using Recycled Materials In All New Products By 2022
Google is sticking to its plan to have all of its products include recycled materials by 2022, this year designing its new Pixel and Nest products to incorporate the re-use of otherwise wasted resources.
It is only part of the devices that are comprised of re-used materials, however. In the case of the Pixel, the back cover is made with 100% recycled aluminium.
“This is our first phone to incorporate recycled aluminium, which not only eliminates the use of mined aluminium in the enclosure and reduces waste, it also lowers the carbon footprint of manufacturing the enclosure by 35% compared to using virgin aluminium,” Google wrote in a blog post.
The new Nest Audio contains 70% recycled plastic across its enclosure parts, including the acoustic fabric, and is covered in the same sustainable fabric the search giant introduced with the Nest Mini last year. For the latest Nest Thermostat, Google said it made the trim plate from 75% “post-consumer recycled plastic”.
“Google’s focus on incorporating recycled materials in our hardware design not only supports our sustainability commitments, but also enables our supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can use them too,” the blog continues.
Google has also updated a handful of other climate change goals that it set last month, including committing to using recycled or renewable material in at least 50% of all plastic used across its hardware products by 2025.