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Google makes major recycled materials pledge

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Google plans to use recycled materials in all of its products by 2022, the company recently announced. 

That means that in three years (or less), all of the Nest devices, Pixel phones, laptops, smart speakers and accessories will be made from recycled materials. So far, the company is already using recycled plastic to build its Chromecast devices, as well as the fabric we see on Google Home gadgets.

Besides using recycled materials, the company also promised that all of its shipments will become carbon neutral within two years. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to switch from air shipments to cargo. In a recent interview with Fast Company, the company’s head of sustainability for hardware, Anna Meegan, said switching to cargo reduced the company’s emissions by 40 per cent, although the timeframe wasn’t specified.

This also brings its own set of challenges, given that cargo takes more time, so the company needs to plan its shipments better. The company also reminded everyone of its recycling partnership program which is, at the moment, limited to the US.

Google (opens in new tab) is hardly the only company that’s looking to reduce its environmental footprint. Apple (opens in new tab)has been doing a lot on that front for years now, including using renewable energy sources and recycled materials for hardware. Samsung (opens in new tab)has also pledged a similar thing earlier this year, promising to use sustainable materials in its product packaging.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.