Google is getting rid of all plastic from packaging by 2025
In August last year, Google shared a new set of hardware and sustainability commitments to reduce its impact on the environment. As part of its sustainability goals, the company planned on using recycled materials in all Made by Google products by 2022. With the launch of the new Pixel and Nest devices earlier this year, Google has achieved this goal two years ahead of schedule. In a blog post on the matter, the company claims that all new Pixel and Nest products launched this year are designed with recycled materials.
Elaborating on the use of recycled materials in this year’s Made by Google hardware, the company notes that the back housing of the Pixel 5 is made with 100% recycled aluminum, the new Nest Audio contains 70 percent recycled plastics, and the trim plate of the Nest Thermostat is made of 75 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. Since Google has already achieved last year’s sustainability goal ahead of schedule, it has now updated its original commitment.
As per the blog post, Google now plans to use recycled or renewable material in at least 50 percent of all plastic used across all its hardware products by 2025. To achieve this new goal, the company plans to prioritize recycled plastics wherever possible. Additionally, the company plans to achieve UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill certification at all final assembly manufacturing sites by 2022. This certification will ensure that a majority of waste from those manufacturing sites is recycled.
Furthermore, the company plans to make all of its product packaging plastic-free and recyclable by 2025. Google has been working towards this goal since 2016, but its product packaging still uses a fair amount of plastics. The company now plans to look for recyclable alternatives to help it reach its sustainability goals while still protecting the products in transit. It’s worth noting that while Google claims that all of its new Pixel and Nest products make use of recyclable materials, the company hasn’t shed any light on the materials used on the Chromecast with Google TV dongle.