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Hardware Compliance

Our products comply with, and in some cases exceed, all applicable environmental guidelines and regulations. We are committed to advancing sustainability in our product design, packaging and distribution — without sacrificing quality, customer safety or innovation.

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Our Substance Policy

At Microsoft, we take the environment very seriously. As such, we're committed to meeting regulation requirements and taking voluntary steps to minimize the environmental impact of our products and global operations.

Documentation
Part of our environmental commitment revolves around full disclosure of materials used in our products. Although our restricted substances specifications tell you which materials are NOT in our products, we take disclosure a step further and require our suppliers to identify which substances DO go into our products.

Testing
For a number of banned substances, we require that test reports are submitted regularly. ...continue reading

Our Substance Policy

We also voluntary submit our products to independent, third-party testing throughout the development and manufacturing processes.

Audit
To ensure our supply operations comply with our environmental policies, we periodically visit manufacturing facilities around the world to conduct in-person audits. We also conduct internal audits to review our product development practices and identify areas for improvement.

End of Life
Our environmental responsibility doesn't end when a product is sold. We provide recyclers with information they need to recycle our products safely and connect customers with local recycling options, and we are constantly looking for ways to expand recycling programs around the world.
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Sustainability in Our Packaging

Sustainability in Our Packaging

Microsoft continues to improve its environmentally sound packaging. (Video)

Starting with the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft developed a family of packs based around a sleek, rectangular shape for the Xbox One Console and Accessories. Sustainability was a prime consideration, several different plant-based packaging options as sugarcane waste are used in the accessories packaging. For the Console, to accommodate its weight, size and shipping concerns, slim end-caps of recycled EPE foams were chosen. EPE is 100% recyclable and hold high recycling values.

Sustainability in Our Packaging

Sustainability in Our Packaging

Surface was our opportunity to show the magic and experience of Windows 8. Developed to showcase its new product line and accessories, Surface packaging echoes the simple and direct slim modular structure with minimal use of materials. Each packaging component is labeled with appropriate recycling symbols. Easily separated for proper disposal. The design included paper based materials wherever possible, such as paperboard or molded paper pulp.


Sustainability in Our Packaging

Windows 8 Packaging

Another major change Microsoft has implemented was the transition of all PC Hardware products. They are now packaged in paper material with recycled contents up to 100% in some of the components. The simple and clean design pushes the innovation to the next level of sustainability with smaller packaging footprint, reduced package to product ratio and less weight.


Sustainability in Our Packaging

Sustainability in Our Packaging

In the physical software retail arena, One Microsoft image can be seen in the sleek new Windows 8 packaging. Compared with Win 7 or Vista, the new Window 8 packaging removed the traditional plastic DVD cases and replaced it with 100% paper-based packaging. The overall package weight was decreased by 40% and packaging to product ratio decreased by over 50%. It also uses paper materials from sustainably managed forests where available. In addition, by removing the commonly used plastic DVD cases, the overall Green House Gas effect was reduced by approximately 80%.

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)