Last year, Google had committed that, by 2022, all their Pixel and Nest products would include recycled materials. The range of products includes Pixel phones, Pixelbooks, Nest devices, Google Home speakers, Nest devices, and various accessories. The company has just announced that they hit that goal early, and that all of the new Pixel and Nest products are designed with recycled materials. Google provided the details on a blog post by Google Sustainability Systems Architect David Bourne on October 26.
According to Google, this year, the back cover of the recently launched Pixel 5 is made with 100 percent recycled aluminum and the Nest Audio contains 70 percent recycled plastic across its enclosure parts including the acoustic fabric, and is covered in the same sustainable fabric that they first introduced with Nest Mini last year. And on the latest Nest Thermostat, the trim plate is made from 75 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. Google said its focus on incorporating recycled materials in their hardware design not only supports their sustainability commitments, but also enables the supply chain partners to confidently invest in and develop these types of materials so that the wider consumer electronics industry can also use them.
Further, the company said it is committing to using recycled or renewable material in at least 50 percent of all plastic used across all their hardware products by 2025. Google also said that by 2025, the company will make its product packaging 100 percent plastic free and 100 percent recyclable. David Bourne, Sustainability Systems Architect said, “We’ve already made a reduction in plastic use in our packaging since 2016, but we have a lot of hard work ahead in order to meet this new goal. To get us there, we need to uncover alternative, recyclable materials that will still protect our products.”
Google said it is also striving to achieve UL 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill certification at all final assembly manufacturing sites by 2022, meaning that the vast majority of waste from those operations will be recycled.