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Lenovo ESG

Recycled Content

Our Approach

Lenovo is committed to incorporating post-industrial recycled content (PIC) plastics, post-consumer recycled content (PCC) plastics, and closed-loop post-consumer recycled content plastics (CL PCC) as well as introducing new materials such as ocean bound plastics (OBP) and recycled metals into our products. These recycled materials are important to Lenovo's product development strategy and transition to a circular economy. Using these engineered plastics not only saves the natural resources and energy that would have gone into manufacturing new plastics, but also diverts these materials from landfills. Lenovo's increased use of CL PCC is helping to sustain the demand for plastic materials from IT products. Environmental benefits are achieved while still creating a product that meets Lenovo's high-performance standards.

At a Glance

Milestones for Lenovo during the past five years in recycled content usage includes:

2022

  • Expanded the use of CL PCC to 298 products

  • Qualified 95% CL PCC, 97% PCC and 98% PCC recycled plastic to support product higher post-consumer recycled content

  • Introduced 100% recycled aluminum for tablet products

2021

  • Expanded the use of CL PCC to 248 products

  • Introduced Ocean Bound Plastics in five products

  • Introduced recycled aluminum in three products and magnesium in one product

2020

  • Expanded the use of CL PCC to 103 products, up from 66 products the previous year

  • Began using CL PCC in a server application for the first time in the Company's ThinkSystem SR950

2019

  • Expanded use of CL PCC to 66 additional products

  • 1st Use of CL PCC in Lenovo notebook application (XI Carbon 7th Generation)

  • Desktop and visual models with >25% CL PCC by total product weight

2018

  • Qualified new grades of CL PCC for additional resin chemistries and suppliers

  • Expanded use of CL PCC to 21 products (added keyboards)

Since early 2005, Lenovo's cumulative total use of recycled plastics in products has reached over 130 million kilograms (gross) containing PIC, PCC, and/or CL PCC, with net PCC of approximately 54 million kilograms and net CL PCC of more than 18 million kilograms.

Recycled Content and Our Suppliers

Using PCC in IT products presents significant challenges due to the unique structural, performance, and cosmetic requirements associated with these applications. To overcome the continuing challenges of using recycled content in the design and manufacture of smart connected devices, especially notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, Lenovo's team of engineers works closely with our suppliers to develop and qualify new grades of plastic resins previously unavailable to the IT industry. These materials receive environmental and performance qualifications before their approval and use in our product applications.

For CL PCC, Lenovo's research and development teams work with material suppliers and a third-party certification authority to build our CL PCC supplier and material process, including the "Approved Recycling Standard", the "Quality Assurance Operation Requirements", and the "Recovery Ratio" to validate their sources of waste and control processes using a hierarchical waste product traceability scheme.

To learn more about Lenovo's use of recycled content materials, please our most recent ESG Report.

Please note: Lenovo calculates and reports net recycled plastics content based only on the actual weight of the post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content in the plastic resin blend, not the overall weight of the blend. That means that for every 100 lbs of a plastic resin blend containing 30% post-consumer content, the net usage Lenovo reports is only 30 lbs of post-consumer content, not the overall weight of the material.

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