Logitech announced on Earth Day that it has updated the packaging on several of its mice and keyboards to offer information about each product's environmental impact.
The company said it would start to display this data, which it compared to the nutrition facts label found on many foods, in June 2020. Now it has finally updated the packaging for some products, starting with the Logitech G Pro Wireless mouse, a premium peripheral that's designed to compete with the best gaming mice.
That packaging now features a number that "indicates the product’s full lifecycle carbon footprint in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (kg CO2e) taking a typical two year use period." (Which seems low, but at least it's not a single year of use.)
"For the carbon label, every last detail of the product’s journey has been scrutinised," Logitech said in its announcement, "from the sourcing of raw materials, manufacture and transport of the product, energy used during the product’s lifetime and eventual end of life management of the product such as recycling at its end of life."
Logitech added the environmental impact label to seven other products in addition to the G Pro Wireless. Here are the eight products along with their measurements:
- Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse (7.84 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard (22.0 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse (8.64 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse (7.10 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC Gaming Mouse (5.51 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G304 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse (8.76 kg CO2e)
- Logitech G502 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Mouse (8.69 kg CO2e)
Logitech said the G Pro Wireless' measurement of 7.84 kg CO2e is "approximately equivalent to a gallon of gas," which means the environmental impact of all these peripherals over the course of two years is less than most people's daily commute.
The company also said it's providing its "entire product carbon impact methodology and measurement processes, as well as the resulting transparency label process for others in the consumer electronics industry to use." More information can be found in the blog post announcing the first products to feature the new carbon labels.
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They do this to get a story not to make a damn bit of difference.Reply
Do people replace their mouse often? Every day its a different mouse! :eek:
No, reality is people usually use their mouse for years.
crazy interesting. See, 7kg of CO2 for a mouse that weighs 1/10 of a kilogram or burning $2 worth of gas is 7kg of CO2. too bad, plenty mice have to be thrown away or repaired with missing clicks or unintended double clicks. optical switch mice should become more popular.Reply
I have to wonder why logitech still doesn't have a mouse with an optical switch
Sadly, I sometimes unknowingly buy a mouse with a low carbon footprint. Finally a way I can be sure to only buy mice that contribute the most to climate change. Thank you Logitech! Also if Logitech is so concerned about the carbon footprint of their products, why don't they simplify their lineup; make in boring, in fact. Also, cut the marketing budget so people don't upgrade so often and just keep what they got longer.Reply