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    Sony has made the PS5's packaging fully recyclable: Here's how

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    Simple changes to standard packaging conventions helped eliminate waste in the PS5 box.

    When you buy your PS5 if you're lucky enough to find one you'll notice that its packaging is different from other consoles, particularly the much flashier design of the Xbox Series X's box. simpler, but it wasn't a matter of designers calling her. Instead, it was a conscious decision by Sony to make the entire box recyclable, and it managed to do so without sacrificing protection. In fact, it's just part of a larger, company-wide effort toward greener practices.

    In a post on Sony Interactive Entertainment's website, director of environment and technical compliance, Kieren Mayers, said that Sony has committed to eliminating the use of plastic in small product packaging by 2025 in an effort to reduce air pollution. ocean. In the case of the PS5, Sony was able to do this by making minor tweaks to the case design. In place of plastic trays are cardboard inserts and “paper pulp pad trays”, and the plastic clamps we saw so long ago have been replaced by paper ones. If you've opened the box of any PS5 accessory, this change is made for them too.

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    Instead of gluing the hanger flaps to the outside of the package, folding techniques were used and unnecessary plastic bags containing things like cables and manuals were removed. A feature of the smaller plastic window boxes had to be eliminated altogether, but we all know what a PS5 controller looks like.

    Video game companies have taken some steps to reduce plastic waste in the past, like when game boxes started getting cutouts and thinner materials. However, other newer gaming innovations can come with their own problems for the environment. Streaming requires the use of remote data centers using their own power. For Microsoft's part, it says it will use 100% renewable energy in its data centers by 2025, but others will have to follow suit to manage the potential damage. Meanwhile, Sony plans to achieve “zero environmental footprint” by 2050, both for its business and for its products.

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