Logitech announced today that it plans to put labels on all product packaging and on its website that communicate the carbon footprint of products. The company expects labels to appear on its gaming products later this year. The goal is to include labels in its entire product portfolio by 2025, Logitech told The Verge.
"Just as the calories in the food industry were on the packaging years ago, we believe that carbon should be a selection factor for consumers who are interested," said Bracken Darrell, CEO of Logitech, in an interview with The Verge.
The number on the label indicates the entire carbon life cycle of the product. This indicates the amount of carbon emitted throughout the life of the product, including the procurement of a product's materials, its manufacture, its distribution, and the actual use of the product.
In the image above in this post, you can see what Logitech's carbon impact label will look like on the packaging. Here you can take a closer look. Logitech designed the label itself, Prakash Arunkundrum, head of Logitech's global operations, told The Verge.
Logitech will calculate the carbon footprint internally, but will work with third parties such as Natural Capital Partners, the iPoint Group and an independent auditor to “review and validate the carbon footprint at the product level in accordance with DEKRA certification standards,” says in a Logitech press release. Logitech also announces that it will share its methodology and online carbon impact measurement protocol.
In December, Logitech announced other sustainability initiatives, including that the entire gaming product line was carbon neutral. This means that Logitech will reduce the amount of carbon emissions these products cause and offset the remaining amounts. The steps to make the company more sustainable are almost entirely internal, said Darrell and Arunkundrum.
"At some point, I think both Prakash and I have switched our interests from" well that would be really good "to" that was a must "in the past few years," said Darrell. "And that's because we really believe that global warming is driven by people."
"We are a small mouse company," he continued, "but we can do a little, make a difference."