Google is making a new commitment to sustainable design

The company announced today that by 2022, all “Made by Google” products will include recycled materials. And that’s just part of a larger rethinking about how to change its design process to incorporate sustainable thinking. When Google’s hardware team began working on a yet-to-be-announced product that will be launched later this year, one engineer had a proposal: Instead of using an industry-standard polyester fabric, made from virgin plastic, could they use a fabric made from recycled bottles in the device? The team spent two years validating that the material met design and manufacturing requirements and that vendors could supply enough material at scale, then decided to move forward with it. Each new product will reuse a third of a plastic …