SONY has revealed that its newly designed PlayStation 5 (PS5) console packaging is fully recyclable.
The new sustainable design comes as part of the corporation’s green management 2025 blueprint, which will see it look to eliminate plastic-use in its newly designed small product packaging by 2025, and reduce the quantity of plastic packaging by 10% for other products.
Sony said that the PS5 packaging per unit is between 93-99% plastic-free overall (by weight). A number of improvements were implemented to the packs to achieve this, including replacing plastic cable ties with paper cable ties; eliminating plastic protection bags used for cables and instruction manuals where feasible; substituting plastic display windows for closed card boxes for PS5 accessories; avoiding expanded polystyrene or plastic trays by using card inserts and paper pulp cushion trays; and substituting plastic display windows for closed card boxes for PS5 accessories.
The firm added that it intends to continue reviewing innovations and technical possibilities to address plastic-use in its packaging and products, as well as considering alternatives to the material under its new global resource-efficient packaging design guidelines – which covers resource use, recyclability, plastics use, chemicals in inks and adhesives, and use of recycled materials.