+ Sunday August 18th, 2019

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. In a blog post today Google’s hardware arm has made a series of commitments to move towards a greener approach to hardware.

Google pledge to sustainability builds on their 2018 plan to move towards a more sustainable approach to technology and includes:

  • By 2020, 100 percent of all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral
  • Starting in 2022, 100 percent of Made by Google products will include recycled materials with a drive to maximise recycled content wherever possible.
  • And they will make technology that puts people first and expands access to the benefits of technology.

If the last one seems out of place in a green initiative and while we completely support any and all efforts that more towards technology being more accessible and assisting people living with disabilities it’s a long walk from that to a green outcome.

All of that aside it good to see big companies such as Google championing the green agenda, with so many climate change deniers propagating on the internet it’s important that as an overall society we don’t lose sight on these issues, even against the backdrop of consumer technology.

Source: Google.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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First and biggest impact towards being green? Don’t just plan to make future products green, delay the junking of current products. Expand the lifecycle of all current Android powered devices out to 5+ years via making operating system and security updates mandatory for 5 years. This movement would get exponentially greener with each year you backdate it. If device makers don’t want to do it, Google could release updates for devices after original manufacturer stops. Put your expertise and money where your PR blurb is Google – a good deal of that money was made by people using Google on… Read more »

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That picture…where do I get my implants…?

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(apologies, there doesn’t seem to be a delete button for in-poor-taste comments)

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I thought they looked tasty, like macarons.

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