Post-Consumer Recycled Content (PCC) and Post-Industrial Recycled Content (PIC) Plastic
Lenovo is proud to be an industry leader in using PCC plastics in the manufacture of new computer
and monitor products. Lenovo uses PCC in its notebooks, desktops, workstations, monitors, and
Starting in 2007, as new grades of recycled plastics with PCC have become available, Lenovo's product
development teams have been using these environmentally preferred materials to meet new customer
requirements, satisfy corporate environmental objectives and targets and achieve EPEATTM Gold registrations for
In 2017, Lenovo collaborated with a PCC supplier to develop closed-loop PCC materials to be used in select
Lenovo products. In parallel, Lenovo introduced PCC and PIC packaging materials. These initiatives further
demonstrate Lenovo's commitment to environmental sustainability in a new age of green consumption.
Depending on the final application requirements, the plastic resins used for Lenovo products contain between
10% and 85% PCC. Some plastic resins also contain up to 20% PIC. All of these materials must meet
environmental and performance qualifications before being approved for use in Lenovo product applications.
Lenovo PCC is being used in desktop and monitor products widely. All ThinkCentre M–series and Lenovo V-series
products contain PCC exceeding 2%. EPEAT™ Gold AIO products contain PCC exceeding 10%. Many Lenovo
commercial desktops use significant amounts of PCC: ThinkCentre M715t (17%); Lenovo V410z (12%); ThinkCentre
M810z (19%); and ThinkCentre V310z (21%). All visuals products contain PCC exceeding 2%. Many Lenovo
monitors use significant amounts of PCC: ThinkVision T22v-10 (45%); ThinkVision T24v-10 (44%); ThinkVision
P27h-10 (47%); Lenovo V21-10 (43%); ThinkVision P27u-10 (41%); and ThinkVision T24d-10 (47%).1
Lenovo explores every possibility to use PCC as much as possible, especially in ThinkPad products. In October
2009, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad SL410 and SL510 notebook models, both of which contained greater than
10% net PCC. Currently, almost all ThinkPad E notebooks and ThinkPad L notebooks contain at least 10% PCC.
Lenovo continues to expand its emphasis on green design with the ThinkPad L Series. The LCD cover, palm
rests, and top and bottom cases of these notebooks use up to 30% PCC from sources such as used office water
jugs and IT equipment. Each ThinkPad L Series notebook diverts the equivalent of 10 plastic water bottles
from going to landfill. Lenovo has succeeded in using PCC in the very thin walls of ThinkPad battery packs.
Also, the ThinkPad Ultra Dock, ThinkPad Pro Dock, and ThinkPad Basic Dock incorporate PCC.
Newly released products that meet EPEAT™ PCC usage thresholds (10% or greater) include the ThinkPad L460;
ThinkPad S5 (>10%); ThinkCentre M910z (>25%); and ThinkVision T23i-10; ThinkVision TIO22; ThinkVision TIO24
(>50%). Additionally, PCC material use has been implemented or planned in a number of select ThinkPad
notebooks, Lenovo notebooks, Lenovo desktop and all-in-one computers, and Think and Lenovo accessories at
levels of 1-8% where technically feasible.
To overcome the continuing challenges of using recycled content in the design and manufacture of computer
products, especially notebooks, Lenovo’s team of engineers works closely with our PCC suppliers to develop
and qualify new grades of plastic resins previously unavailable to the IT industry. Using PCC in IT products
presents significant challenges due to the unique structural, performance, and cosmetic requirements
associated with these applications.
Using these re-engineered plastics not only saves the natural resources and energy that would have
gone to manufacture new plastics, but also diverts an equal amount of PCC and PIC from landfills. These
environmental benefits are achieved while still creating a product that meet’s Lenovo’s high performance
Since early 2005, Lenovo has used over 193 million pounds (gross) of plastic materials containing PCC
and/or PIC in its products, with net PCC of over 90 million pounds and net PIC of over 1.9 million pounds.
In 2016, Lenovo used nearly 15 million pounds (gross) of recycled plastics with net PCC of over 10 million
pounds. To continue this momentum and encourage Lenovo's product groups to focus on increasing the use of
these environmentally preferred materials, the following new targets were established for FY 2017/18:
All newly released desktops, all-in-one computers, workstations, notebooks, tablets and visual products
shall contain a minimum of 2% PCC.2
All newly released server products shall contain a minimum of 10% PCC in the external
Develop and approve closed-loop ABS PCC and packaging PCC supplier and material.
Investigate opportunities for use of closed-loop ABS PCC and packaging PCC in select products.
Gross Plastics used that contain PCC or PIC
Net PCC used
Net PIC used
Since early 2005
Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2016
Lenovo's use of post-consumer recycled content and post-industrial recycled content plastics in its
products has resulted in the avoidance of up to 93 to 279 million pounds of CO2 emissions since we began
using these materials.3 Lenovo is committed to incorporating some amount of PCC into every PC product we
develop and continuously increasing the use of PCC in each product family.
To learn more about Lenovo's use of recycled content materials, please read Lenovo's
paper on this topic.
1Lenovo calculates and reports net recycled plastics content based only on the actual weight
of the post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content in the plastic resin blend, not the overall weight
of the blend. That means that for every 100 pounds of a plastic resin blend containing 30% post-consumer
content, the net usage Lenovo reports is only 30 pounds of post-consumer content, not the overall weight of
2PCC shall be used when technical specifications and cost parity are met.
3Using the conversion factors defined by TCO in its report from April 2014 entitled “Post
Consumer Recycled Plastics in IT Products.” This avoidance of emissions is not included in Lenovo’s
GHG accounting as it was realized by our suppliers.
Low Halogen Transition
Lenovo is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its products. In order to implement this
chemical and substance management policy supports a precautionary approach, ensuring Lenovo will take
even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully scientifically established.
Lenovo supports the goal to phase-out  the use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and PVC and is
committed to driving
its supply chain towards this goal. Lenovo recognizes that there may be challenges to the supply of
commodities for certain applications and products (replacement parts, power related parts, etc.), and that
the phase out
of these materials is dependent on the availability of suitable alternatives that meet Lenovo’s
environmental, health, and safety requirements.
Highlights from FY2016/17 include:
Elimination of most PVC and BFRs from ThinkPad notebooks. PVC is only used in power cords and cables.
BFRs are used in power cords, cables, AC adapters, battery packs, planar ASMs, subcards, connectors and
some modular parts. In addition, all ThinkPad notebooks have low halogen printed circuit boards.
All Lenovo ThinkPads are low halogen with the exception of the power cord and adapter.
Many Lenovo commercial monitors meet the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI)
definition of low halogen with the exception of their printed circuit board assemblies and external
Many Lenovo ThinkVision monitors are low halogen except the printed circuit boards and cables.
Lenovo ThinkCentre desktops have low halogen chassis and CPUs
Lenovo has completely phased out the use of PVC/BFR in all mechanical plastic parts (such as external covers,
housings, etc.) across all Lenovo product lines. Lenovo currently prohibits the following from intentional
addition to any Lenovo parts:
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBBs)
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
Deca-Brominated Diphenyl Ethers
Lenovo has also made significant progress in phasing out halogen in many commodities across several product
lines. For example, all plastic enclosures; most components and connectors (with the exception of printed
board laminates); all mechanical plastic parts such as product covers, housings, bezels, etc.; and many hard
disk drives, optical disk drives, solid state drives, LCD screens, memory, CPUs, chipsets, communication
cards and other commodities have offerings that meet the iNEMI definition of low halogen.
Working with suppliers
Lenovo is continuing to work with its supply chain to drive its low halogen transition across all commodities
and product families. For more details on Lenovo's low halogen efforts, please read Lenovo's
white paper on this topic.
Lenovo restricts the use of environmentally sensitive materials in our products. The specification
encompasses both regulatory and Lenovo-imposed material bans and restrictions. This includes the prohibition
of ozone-depleting substances in all applications, the restriction on the use of persistent organic
pollutants (PoPs) under the Stockholm Convention, and the elimination of materials covered under European
Union (EU) Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and
Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) even beyond those jurisdictions where regulatory requirements exist.
Lenovo’s implementation strategy and requirements are consistent with the requirements specified in the EU’s
RoHS Directive and REACH Regulation.
In China, Lenovo is leading the industry group for Management Methods for Controlling Pollution by Electronic
Information Products (for the Ministry of Information Industry Order #39) and the China RoHS serials
standard. All Lenovo products meet the China RoHS serials standard and are labeled as required.
UL Environment's Sustainable Products Certification In early 2011, Lenovo became the
manufacturer to obtain UL Environment's Sustainable Products Certification to the "Gold" level for the
IEEE 1680.1 standard.
As part of this certification, products undergo rigorous in-house testing at Underwriters Laboratories
to the IEEE 1680.1
standard, including criteria such as energy efficiency, design for recycling and materials usage. Since
industry first, Lenovo has gone on to certify with ULE several additional models of ThinkPads as well as
lineup of ThinkVision monitors.
EPEAT Registered Products EPEAT is a tool to help PC buyers evaluate desktops, laptops
based on their environmental attributes. All EPEAT-registered products must meet 23 mandatory
criteria. An additional 28 optional criteria are used to determine whether products earn EPEAT Bronze,
Silver, or Gold
recognition. Lenovo offers numerous EPEAT Gold rated products in many countries around the world.
To get a complete
list of Lenovo’s EPEAT certified products visit EPEAT’s registry search tool.
GREENGUARD The GREENGUARD Certification Program (formerly known as GREENGUARD Indoor
Air Quality Certification)
gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits,
to the creation of healthier interiors. Achieving GREENGUARD Certification gives credence to
claims, backing them with empirical scientific data from an unbiased, third-party organization. Select
notebooks, workstations and monitors that are GREENGUARD certified.
TCO Certified – TCO Certified is an international sustainability certification for IT
products. Buyers worldwide use TCO Certified as a tool to make more sustainable product choices. Life
cycle criteria focus on environmental and social responsibility during the manufacturing, use and end of
life phases. TCO Certified is a Type 1 Ecolabel in accordance with ISO 14024 and certified product
models and their manufacturing facilities are third party verified for compliance. Lenovo has many TCO
Certified products, including displays, notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones and desktops. Full listing of
certified products at the TCO Certified product registry.
TÜV Rheinland Green Product Mark TÜV Rheinland’s Green Product Mark is
a voluntary sustainability
mark for consumer products that will give end consumers and buyers guidance in identifying green and
in the often crowded market place. The Green Product Mark, along with the related certification
requirements, aims to
minimise the impact of consumer products on the environment. It follows the Brundtland concept and tries
with the related
certification requirements to ensure the compliance of various sustainability regulations and
With the Green Product Mark, Lenovo ThinkCenter Desktop, All-In-One and ThinkVision Monitors will
be able to further
demonstrate its commitment to the environment, sustainability and society as the green Leader in the
industry. For details,
please click here.
Lenovo ECO Declarations
ECO Declarations follows the ECMA 370 standard, which has been developed in accordance with international
provide basic information on the environmental attributes of each product covering material use, energy
packaging, disassembly, and recycling. The ECO Declaration sheet (that is, Environmental Data Sheet) is
each of our products. Click here to
Lenovo Product Carbon Footprint Information Sheets
The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) Information sheet provides the carbon footprint of Lenovo’s products
the streamlined Product Attribute to Impact Algorithm life cycle analysis which includes manufacturing,
use and end of life.
Some existing products and all new products (including notebooks, desktops, monitors, All-in-Ones and
after July 2015 have product carbon footprint calculated. Click the following link to access the
Lenovo Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) Information Sheets located alongside the ECO Declaration Sheets for