Cisco will increase give attention to lowering use of plastics


David Ashley, Senior Vice President, Product Operations at Cisco and Marco Croci, Senior Vice President, [Hardware] Engineering at Cisco.
L to R: David Ashley and Marco Croci

This submit was written by David Ashley, Senior Vice President, Product Operations at Cisco and Marco Croci, Senior Vice President, Engineering at Cisco.

In 2018, we introduced our first plastic-related purpose: to scale back our use of virgin plastic by 20% by our fiscal yr 2025.* We exceeded this purpose in our fiscal yr 2021. To construct on this momentum and to handle the well-documented challenges related to plastic, we wish to share our technique to additional cut back our use of virgin plastic in our merchandise and packaging.

Decreasing plastic in our merchandise

We’ve got set a purpose that by our fiscal yr 2025, 50% of the plastic utilized in our merchandise (by weight) shall be fabricated from recycled content material.** Most pliable utilized in Cisco merchandise is present in just a few product classes: Cisco IP telephones, Webex collaboration units, entry factors, and Cisco Meraki merchandise. 

As a part of our journey to reduce using virgin plastic, our groups are sourcing extra recycled plastic elements and designing plastic out of our merchandise. For instance, choose fashions of our 8800 Collection IP telephones encompass 68% recycled plastic and a few merchandise in our Catalyst collection of community switches had been designed with out bezels, the plastic beauty floor on the skin of a tool. 

Decreasing plastic in our packaging

We’re rethinking product packaging and are sourcing various supplies to plastic. Our technique contains eliminating plastic baggage in our packaging wherever doable. In our fiscal yr 2022, nearly all of equipment for Cisco Meraki merchandise shipped in paper-based packaging, which was fabricated from  70% recycled content material. And in sure different product traces, energy cords are labeled with scannable wraps as a substitute of plastic baggage. Because of these adjustments, we prevented transport an estimated ten million plastic baggage, representing 28 tonnes of plastic.

Moreover, we’re persevering with to scale back foam packaging, one other materials constructed from plastic. The packaging for the Catalyst IR8140 Heavy Responsibility Router is the primary answer at Cisco to make use of a fiber-flute materials instead of the froth cushioning that’s sometimes required for heavier merchandise. Alternatives to reduce using foam throughout our product portfolio will assist us attain our purpose of lowering our use of froth packaging by 75% by our fiscal yr 2025.***

Embracing round design

Addressing plastic is only one a part of our holistic round design technique, which is targeted on designing merchandise and packaging with reuse and useful resource effectivity in thoughts. We’ve got set a purpose of incorporating Round Design Ideas into the design of all new merchandise and packaging by fiscal 2025. To do that, we’re embedding round design necessities into our design instruments and product growth processes, together with participating our suppliers on progressive, sustainable designs for our merchandise, parts, and packaging.

We’re additionally working to keep away from transport undesirable equipment to clients by integrating accent choice into the ordering course of. In our fiscal yr 2022, over 8,500 buyer orders opted out of receiving an influence twine, avoiding the cargo of roughly 205,000 pointless energy cords, in addition to minimizing the packaging that may have wrapped them.

We’re dedicated to designing merchandise and techniques that assist to allow reuse, decrease environmental impression, and notice worth for our stakeholders. We sit up for persevering with to share our progress in direction of these targets alongside the way in which.


* In comparison with a fiscal 2018 base yr.

** The plastics included on this purpose exclude these contained in commodity parts sourced from suppliers (e.g., plastic screws, followers, and cables).

*** In comparison with a fiscal 2019 base yr; purpose is measured by weight.

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