We are working to reduce as much as possible the amount of materials we use in packaging and in the devices we buy. In 2018, we applied our impact measurement methodology to analyze the effects of packaging improvements for one of our core products. Even before then, we had already started to reduce the amount of packaging used for various products. In 2019 we took this approach further, reducing the amount of packaging materials for more products and switching to alternative packaging materials. For example, by using 100 percent biodegradable PaperFoam for one product, we are saving approximately 95 metric tons of paper and around 200 metric tons of CO2 (per 250,000 packaging units). For 2020, as part of our “We Care for Our Planet” program, we are also planning to redesign the casing of the Speedport 4 router and our media receivers. In the future, they will be made from 100 percent recycled materials.
In total, the switchover benefits nine SDGs, with a particularly striking impact on certain sub-goals of SDGs 6, 12, 13, and 14, such as lowering water pollution, CO2 emissions, and the use of plastics.