Sustainability in Our Packaging
Microsoft continually looks for ways reduce its overall footprint through environmentally sustainable packaging and distribution practices.
For instance, compared with Windows Vista, our Windows 7 packaging weighed less, had fewer components, used paperboard from sustainably managed forests, and was easier to separate and recycle. In addition, our mobile mouse packaging was redesigned in a way that achieved an average volume reduction of about 12 percent.
The cornerstone of Microsoft's global packaging sustainability strategy is our work with the Australia Packaging Covenant (APC) — a voluntary initiative by government and industry that, through a number of methods, seeks to minimize packaging's impact on the environment. See our Action Plan for the Australian Packaging Covenant (.pdf)
See how we're redefining software and hardware packaging (.pdf)