INNOVATING WITH RECYCLED PLASTICS
for lower carbon impact
Logitech is innovating to give plastics a second life. Today, many recycled plastic resins are limited to black or grey colors and do not perform in the same way as virgin plastic, which introduces product design challenges. We are working with plastic suppliers to design new and stronger resins in a range of new colors. To date, we’ve developed 12 exciting new colors, with more coming soon. These new resins will be used in Logitech products to give consumers more color options without compromising on product quality, while also being available to other companies, to help reduce our industry’s carbon impact.
REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Using recycled plastic is a key part of our Design for Sustainability efforts. We are increasingly using recycled plastics across top-selling product lines for mice, keyboards, webcams and speakers. So far this year, we have eliminated an estimated 740 tons of virgin plastic and 1,300 tons of carbon by transitioning top-selling products to post-consumer recycled plastic. By the end of 2021, more than half of the products in our Creativity and Productivity portfolio, our largest portfolio, will be made with recycled plastic, giving an estimated carbon reduction of 11,500 tons of carbon per annum.
RECYCLING CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
E-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the world. We envision a future where all products can be recycled at end-of-life to make new products. We encourage and finance consumer recycling of electronics around the world and we work with recyclers who transform end-of-life electronics into recycled plastic. Through our efforts, we are working to make our sector more circular and ensure end-of-life electronics are given a second life.
Our design goal is to maximize the percentage of recycled content in each of our products. When calculating that percentage, we use a validated approach, certified by a third-party. In line with our commitment to transparency, our calculation protocol and product certifications are available upon request.
“We are on a journey to design products for the future. By applying our design for sustainability principles across the product development process, we can make a significant and long-term impact and reduce carbon.”
Global Head of Operations and Sustainability at Logitech
Why does the percentage of recycled content vary across products?
Our design goal is to maximize the percentage of recycled content in each product. However, the percentage of recycled content varies across products because some parts cannot currently be made from recycled plastic (e.g. optical parts or circuit boards).
Does the use of recycled plastic affect product performance?
When you buy a recycled plastic product, you can rely on the same great product experience you have come to expect from Logitech products, with the additional benefit of knowing your purchasing decision has led to a reduced impact on the environment. Our recycled plastic resins and products go through the same robust performance and quality testing processes as our other products and meet all our required standards.
When will all Logitech products incorporate recycled plastics?
Our goal is to use recycled plastics as much as possible and where possible. We prioritize our top-selling products, in pursuit of the largest carbon footprint reduction opportunities, while working on new resins and colors, which will open up additional opportunities in other areas of our portfolio.
How can I recycle my end-of-life Logitech product?
In many countries, we directly or indirectly finance government recycling programs and lend our weight to existing programs on the ground, which arrange the collection of consumer electronics for safe recycling. Visit our recycling page to learn more.