Google Pledging Carbon-Neutral Shipping, Recycled Plastic for All Devices

A sign is pictured outside a Google office near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, US, May 8, 2019. Photo: Reuters/File
  • 3 products of every 9 products contain recycled plastic.
  • Has at least 50 percent recycled plastic on some products.
  • Google committed to introducing some recycled plastic to100 percent of products by 2020.

This article is about Google making commitments to the competition among tech firms aiming to show consumers and governments that they are curbing the environmental toll of their gadgets.

According to the sources, it is found that out of every 9 Google products, 3 products contain recycled plastic.

It is also being observed that it is bringing some recycled plastic to 100 percent of products by 2022.
Also, Apple is having at least 50 percent recycled plastic on some products.

The Reports

According to the latest reports, Alphabet’s Google announced that it would neutralize carbon emissions from delivering consumer hardware by next year and include recycled plastic in each of its products by 2022. This announcement was made on Monday.

Adding to the above statement, it will “make technology that puts people first and expands access to the benefits of technology.”
And also, the new commitments step up the competition among tech companies aiming to show consumers and governments that they are curbing the environmental toll from their widening arrays of gadgets as it is mentioned above.

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The Head Speaks

The head of sustainability for Google’s devices and services unit, Anna Meegan, said in an interview that the company’s transport-related carbon emission per unit fell 40 percent last year compared to 2017. It was relying more on ships instead of planes to move phones, speakers, laptops and other gadgets from factories to customers across the world.

The latest reports are implying that the company will offset remaining emissions by purchasing carbon credits, Meegan said.

As it is mentioned above, three out of nine Google products for which the company has detailed disclosures online contain recycled plastic, ranging from 20 percent to 42 percent in the casings for its Google Home speakers and Chromecast streaming dongles.

Google committed to introducing some recycled plastic to 100 percent of products by 2022.

She also acknowledged that Google’s 3-year-old hardware business trails far larger hardware rival Apple Inc in some sustainability efforts.
In 2017, Apple committed to “one day” only using recycled and renewable materials, and has at least 50 percent recycled plastic in some parts of several products, recycled tin at least 11 products and recycled aluminium in at least two.

However, sustainability standards are now a part of Google’s hardware planning, Meegan added to her statement.

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Devices cannot clear the second checkpoint in the company’s design process unless they show that sustainable packaging and materials and ease of repair have been considered.

She also said that they are fundamentally looking to build sustainability into everything they do. It is going to take them to demonstrate progress which will indeed help them to increase their marketing.

Aparna handles gadget-based writing and trending stories at Bugle24. Coming from a background in journalism, she is inquisitive about user technology. She has written numerous blogs for various sites, e-magazines, etc. During her time off from her work, she loves reading fiction novels and traveling.


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