Cisco will increase concentrate on 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 cut back our use of virgin plastic by 20% by our fiscal 12 months 2025.* We exceeded this purpose in our fiscal 12 months 2021. To construct on this momentum and to deal with the well-documented challenges related to plastic, we need to share our technique to additional scale back our use of virgin plastic in our merchandise and packaging.

Decreasing plastic in our merchandise

We have now set a purpose that by our fiscal 12 months 2025, 50% of the plastic utilized in our merchandise (by weight) will probably be manufactured from recycled content material.** Most pliable utilized in Cisco merchandise is present in a couple of product classes: Cisco IP telephones, Webex collaboration gadgets, entry factors, and Cisco Meraki merchandise. 

As a part of our journey to attenuate the usage of virgin plastic, our groups are sourcing extra recycled plastic components and designing plastic out of our merchandise. For instance, choose fashions of our 8800 Sequence IP telephones encompass 68% recycled plastic and a few merchandise in our Catalyst sequence of community switches have 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 consists of eliminating plastic luggage in our packaging wherever potential. In our fiscal 12 months 2022, nearly all of equipment for Cisco Meraki merchandise shipped in paper-based packaging, which was manufactured from  70% recycled content material. And in sure different product strains, energy cords are labeled with scannable wraps as an alternative of plastic luggage. On account of these modifications, we prevented delivery an estimated ten million plastic luggage, representing 28 tonnes of plastic.

Moreover, we’re persevering with to cut back foam packaging, one other materials comprised of plastic. The packaging for the Catalyst IR8140 Heavy Responsibility Router is the primary answer at Cisco to make use of a fiber-flute materials rather than the froth cushioning that’s sometimes required for heavier merchandise. Alternatives to attenuate the usage of foam throughout our product portfolio will assist us attain our purpose of lowering our use of froth packaging by 75% by our fiscal 12 months 2025.***

Embracing round design

Addressing plastic is only one a part of our holistic round design technique, which is concentrated on designing merchandise and packaging with reuse and useful resource effectivity in thoughts. We have now set a purpose of incorporating Round Design Rules 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 improvement processes, together with participating our suppliers on progressive, sustainable designs for our merchandise, parts, and packaging.

We’re additionally working to keep away from delivery undesirable equipment to clients by integrating accent choice into the ordering course of. In our fiscal 12 months 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 might have wrapped them.

We’re dedicated to designing merchandise and methods that assist to allow reuse, reduce environmental influence, and understand worth for our stakeholders. We stay up for persevering with to share our progress in the direction of these objectives alongside the best way.


* In comparison with a fiscal 2018 base 12 months.

** 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 12 months; purpose is measured by weight.

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