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December 17, 2020

CTIA Introduces Guidelines for Wireless Device and Accessory Packaging .

New best practices will help reduce the industry’s environmental impact

WASHINGTON – In order to help companies achieve their sustainable packaging goals, CTIA recently announced a new set of Guidelines for Wireless Device and Accessory Packaging. This set of best practices was developed by CTIA’s Sustainable Packaging Working Group—including founding members Asurion, AT&T, Samsung, Southern Company, T-Mobile and Verizon—and is intended to aid the wireless industry’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We’re proud of the industry’s efforts to reduce waste, encourage recycling and be thoughtful environmental stewards,” said CTIA Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Tom Sawanobori. “With 1.3 wireless devices for every American—and thousands of mobile device accessories available to support them—these best practices can have a major impact.”

By making changes in the composition, amount or construction of packaging materials, companies and manufacturers can help reduce their carbon footprint, cut down on landfill materials and help create a more sustainable industry.

The Guidelines suggest several best practices to improve the sustainability of wireless device and accessory packaging, including:

  • Reducing unnecessary packaging material, such as plastic wire ties or protective film.
  • Eliminating single-use plastic and shifting toward recycled plastics or bio-based plastics.
  • Designing packaging constructions that don’t inhibit recycling, for example by making sure different materials are able to be easily separated from one another.
  • Selecting recycled and certified paper/corrugated materials when possible, especially those that are certified through programs such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or PEFC-endorsed programs like the Sustainable Forest Initiative.
  • Including proper labeling to educate consumers on how to recycle.
  • Promoting consideration of the environment in the printing process, through the use of low-VOC ink.
  • Performing due diligence on packaging vendors and sourced materials to understand and assess the environmental impact of packaging components.

“These guidelines are just one of the important ways that the U.S. wireless industry is showing its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment,” said Sawanobori. “Our members are focused on reducing carbon emissions, embracing more sustainable practices and constructing more resilient and energy-efficient networks. 5G holds great potential to greatly enhance our industry’s energy efficiency while also assisting other industries’ efforts to mitigate climate change.”

For more information on CTIA’s Sustainable Packaging Working Group or the Guidelines for Wireless Device and Accessory Packaging, visit

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