Sustainability: Google’s latest products are made from recycled materials

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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US-based tech giant Google said all of its newly launched Pixel 5 smartphones and Nest Audio speakers are now manufactured from recycled material, as part of its goal to build more sustainable products by 2022.

The company has now set a new aim to substitute at least 50 percent of its plastic usage in its hardware products with recycled or renewable in the next five years.

In a blog post published, David Bourne, Google’s sustainability systems architect states that “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.”

The back cover of the recently launched Pixel 5 is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum which not only reduces the usage of mined aluminum and wastage but also lowers its carbon footprint by 35 percent and the Nest Audio contains 70 percent recycled plastic and is covered in sustainable fabric.

Google is planning to include more recycled material into its other products in the near future. The company is also aiming to have its entire product packaging plastic-free and recyclable by 2025.

“We have invested in integrating sustainability into our products, operations and communities. Our new commitments are the next step and we plan on pushing ourselves and the industry forward even more in the coming months and years,” Mr. Bourne added.

Google is also working to achieve zero waste to landfill certification for all its assembly manufacturing sites by 2022, which means that the majority of waste produced at their sites go into recycling.

Last month the tech firm also announced plans to run all of its campuses and data centers on carbon-free electricity by 2030.

Google has also stated that the company’s transport-related carbon emissions per unit had been reduced by 40 percent between 2014 and 2018 and would balance the remaining carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits.