100 percent of Google's products will 'include' recycled materials by 2022

Google Hardware to be Carbon Neutral by 2020

Exactly how Google plans on achieving that goal is now unclear, and in part, would depend on environmental commitments being made by the shipping companies the tech giant works with to move its products around the world.

Starting in 2022, 100 percent of Made by Google products will include recycled materials with a drive to maximise recycled content wherever possible. It's a goal the company says will be achieved over the next three years and includes all the hardware in that product portfolio, from Pixel phones to Google Home Speakers, Nest devices, charging stands and much more.

In a blog post, Google committed to introducing some recycled plastic to 100% of products by 2022.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has committed to using recycled and renewable materials in products while eliminating waste.

As we consume more and more disposable technology it becomes ever-more important that those products are made sustainably, and it seems Google's hardware team agrees as they move towards a greener hardware future. Google's head of sustainability for hardware, Anna Meegan, also told Fast Company that Google has already begun using recycled plastic in Chromecast devices and in the fabric on Google Home speakers. Other companies such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. have made similar efforts.

Google has also promised to ensure that all product shipments will be "carbon neutral" by 2020. Devices can not clear the second checkpoint in the company's design process unless they show that sustainable packaging and materials and ease of fix have been considered. Meegan points out that the company was able to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The Verge reports that Samsung announced earlier this year it would replace their plastic packaging with boxes made from "environmentally sustainable" materials.

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