Building on its commitment to “design for sustainability”, computer aid and software manufacturer Logitech International has increasingly turned to the use of post-consumer plastics in several of its well-known product lines, among other things.
The PCR program started three years ago. By the end of 2021, the company will have shipped more than 50 million devices made from post-consumer plastic. In addition, more than 50 percent of the computer mouse devices and keyboards manufactured in its Creativity and Productivity business, the company’s largest portfolio, will contain PCR plastic to focus on the use of recycled plastic in products that use the make up most of the units sold worldwide. This alone saves an estimated 7,100 tons of fresh plastic and 11,000 tons of carbon per year.
“The most important area where we can have a significant and long-term impact on reducing carbon emissions is applying our design to sustainability principles throughout the product development process,” said Prakash Arunkundrum, global director of operations and sustainability at Logitech. “Since plastic is one of the most common materials used at Logitech, we are investing in the circular economy by recycling and reusing consumer goods to push the boundaries of what is currently possible for recycled plastic.”
The company’s newest product made of PCR plastic is the new Ergo M575 mouse, with a graphite paint that contains 50 percent recycled plastic while an off-white contains 21 percent recycled plastic. Starting with this mouse, the PCR content of each product is validated by independent third-party experts and posted on the company’s website.
The percentage of recycled plastic in each product depends on the type, color and material of a product. The percentage of PCR used is currently at least 20 percent for technically complex, light-colored products and up to 80 percent for other parts.
According to Logitech, the design goal is to further maximize the percentage of recycled content in each product.
Logitech is also working with plastics suppliers to develop new and stronger resins in a range of new colors and expand what is possible today. The company is also working with external partners to develop a roadmap for sustainable materials for the future as well as for the further development of sustainable packaging.