Google announced it will use recycled materials in producing all of its Made by Google products by 2022. Hardware like Pixel phones, Pixelbooks, Google Home speakers, Nest, and accessories like phone cases and charging stands will soon help fight climate change.
According to an interview with Fast Company, Google says its already using recycled plastic in building Chromecast devices and plastic bottles to produce the fabric on Google Homes and cases.
Competitors are also joining the initiative, as Samsung announced earlier this year that they will use “environmentally sustainable elements” in its plastic packaging and Apple’s Liam robot is already taking apart old iPhones for recycling purposes.
In addition to using sustainable materials for its products, Google announced a carbon-neutral shipment program to be put in place by 2020.
Ana Meegan, Google’s head of sustainability for hardware, told Fast Company that they have managed to reduce emissions by 40 percent by switching from air shipments to cargo. This is not an easy thing to manage given that cargo shipments take more time.
Google also has a recycling program in place that invites people by providing a shipping label, to send in old Google devices for recycling purposes.