SABIC AND MICROSOFT COLLABORATE TO CREATE MICROSOFT’S FIRST PRODUCT MADE WITH RECYCLED OCEAN PLASTIC
Together, SABIC and Microsoft Corporation have created Microsoft’s first consumer electronic product – The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse – with an exterior shell containing 20% recycled ocean plastic.
Microsoft wanted a plastic resin made from at least 10% recycled ocean plastic, as part of its commitment to achieve zero waste by 2030. SABIC joined into source the recycled material and formulate a resin that satisfied Microsoft’s demanding quality standards. The Microsoft design team and technologists at SABIC created a final version that exceeded the initial 10% goal, containing 20% recycled ocean plastic by weight in its external casing.
Abdullah Al-Otaibi, ETP & Market Solution General Manager at SABIC said, “SABIC faced a unique challenge to create this innovative solution - due to exposure to sunlight and water, the plastic loses many of its original properties. Our collaboration with Microsoft represents an exciting development in recycling ocean plastic to create high-quality consumer electronic products, while also playing a role in cleaning up the world’s oceans.”
This new collaboration envisions SABIC providing Microsoft with a new XENOY™ resin, as part of SABIC’S TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services. For every 1kT of a product containing 20% recycled ocean-plastic XENOY™ PC/PET compound, an equivalent of 24 million single-use 0.5liter PET water bottles is removed from the ocean, ocean-feeding waterways, or ocean-adjacent shores.
Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC added: “This addition to our TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio is another demonstration of SABIC’s collaboration with the value chain to help create new value from used plastics.”
Donna Warton, VP Supply Chain and Sustainability at Microsoft, commented, “The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is the first consumer electronics product made with this XENOY™ resin. We are proud of the collaboration with SABIC that created this new resin from a challenging material that would otherwise remain in the ocean as waste. We hope that this will spur further action in our industry and are excited for customers to be able to experience the product.”