Will other companies follow Logitech in labelling the carbon impact of its packaging?

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We’ve seen a number of consumer tech companies eulogise about the importance of reducing its environmental impact in the past, with very few actually following through. That said, firms like Apple, LG and Samsung have taken steps to that effect in varying degrees, and now Logitech is doing the same.

To that end the peripherals manufacturer has announced a new initiative for its packaging which will see a label being added that depicts what level of carbon impact its production has had.

“Over the last number of years, we have been working to develop our Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) capability. With LCA, we can quantify the carbon footprint of the product, from sourcing of raw materials, through to manufacturing, distribution, consumer use and product end of life,” explains Logitech about the process.

“With the introduction of our Carbon Transparency label, we will provide a carbon footprint (number) on the product package, as well as additional insight and information for consumers and partners on this webpage,” it adds.

In particular there are two important elements that will appear on the new label, as seen in the image below.

The first is a number that refers to the the carbon footprint of the full lifecycle of the product, from materials sourcing and manufacture, distribution, consumer use, and end of life, according to Logitech.

The second is to confirm that the product carbon footprint has been verifiably offset, thereby rendering it Carbon Neutral, as Logitech works with IFU Hamburg and DEKRA in order to provide independent verification.

As for when we’ll see this label at retail outlets, once we’re able to return to them in full of course, Logitech says we should be seeing them soon, with a selected devices set to receive first.

“We expect the first carbon impact labelling to appear on a select set of gaming products later this year, followed by the rest of gaming, and then a rollout across our other product portfolios,” the company adds.

While there is still work to be done on the hardware itself, and limiting its carbon impact as much as possible, it should be interesting to see if other companies adopt a similar approach to packaging too.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.

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