By the end of 2021, the American-Swiss technological company will include recycled plastic in more than 50% of all mice and keyboards produced
Logitech International, an award-winning design company and maker of computer attached devices, has announced its commitment to incorporate post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) into its products at scale to reduce its carbon impact and increase circularity of consumer products.
In order to drive carbon reduction at an even greater scale, they are re-focusing on utilizing PCR plastic in products that account for the most units sold globally. They have committed that by the end of 2021, more than 50 % of the mice and keyboard produced in Logitech’s Creativity and Productivity portfolio, will be made with PCR plastic, eliminating an estimated 7,100 tons of virgin plastic and 11,000 tons of carbon per year.
Some of Logitech’s existing products that incorporate PCR plastic include the top-selling K120 and K400 keyboards, C390 webcam, M100 and M190 mice, and the UE HYPERBOOM. The latest product made with PCR plastic is the new ERGO M575 mouse, which sets out to maximize the use of PCR plastic in the design of its black, graphite and off-white models.
Prakash Arunkundrum, Global Head of Operations and Sustainability at Logitech , said that the mission is to design even more products that have a reduced carbon footprint and apply sustainability principles across the development process. Moreover, since plastic is one of the most used materials at Logitech, the company is investing in the circular economy by recycling and reusing consumer products to push the limits of what is currently possible when using recycled plastics.
The company has also said it will provide full transparency on the amount of PCR in each product to drive industry innovation and greater adoption of recycled plastic.
Starting with the ERGO M575, each product’s PCR content will be validated by independent, third-party experts and transparently shared on Logitech’s website.
Nicole Muñoz, Vice President of Environmental Certification Services at SCS Global Services, has offered the Swiss company her congratulations for its commitment to transparency and third-party certification of post-consumer recycled plastic, underlining Logitech’s focus on circularity and leadership in the consumer electronics industry, thanks to the incorporation of recycled content into their products.
The percentage of recycled plastic in each product will vary depending on the type, color and material make up of a product. The PCR percentage of product’s plastic parts currently ranges from 80% PCR content to no less than 20% for the technically complex lighter color products.
When a customer purchases a recycled plastic product, she can rely on the same great product experience she has come to expect from Logitech products, with the additional benefit of knowing that the purchasing decision has led to a reduced impact on the environment.
Logitech is working with plastic suppliers to design new and stronger resins in a range of new colors, expanding on what is possible today. Brand- new resins will be used in its products to give consumers more color options without compromising on product quality, and will also be available to other companies to help reduce the consumer electronics industry’s carbon impact.
Beyond recycled plastics, the company is working with external partners to develop a roadmap of sustainable materials for the future, as well as sustainable packaging advancements, ongoing innovation on making lower impact electronic devices and continuing to drive renewable electricity programs.