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

All Google hardware including Pixel phones will soon use recycled materials

All Google hardware including Pixel phones will soon use recycled materials

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

In a tweet shared by the company, Google says that starting 2022, 100 percent of its "Made by Google" products will include recycled materials and will maximize recycled content whenever possible. Before then, by 2020 all of Google's shipments to and from its customers will be carbon neutral.

In a company blog post penned by Google's consumer hardware head of sustainability Anna Meegan, she noted several targets Google actually wants to hit with sustainability in mind, including 100% of Made by Google products including recycled materials by 2022.

Xiaomi patents self-charging, solar-powered smartphone design
Though, there sure seems to be an in-display fingerprint sensor as the back-panel is largely covered in photovoltaic panels. As per a report by LetsGoDigital , the phone in the sketches features a full-screen display without any cutout for a notch.

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.

The tech giant reportedly uses post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic in its portfolio of Nest thermostats, with the new pledge set to boost its use of the material, as well as recycled metals. Only time will tell if Google will be able to follow up on its promises. After all, even just a microscopic piece of recycled plastic in some component of a future Pixel smartphone would presumably be sufficient to check off the "uses recycled materials" box compared to the current status-quo. Consumer tech firms have been criticized in recent years for moving away from designs amenable to owners repairing their own hardware.

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