I love gadgets, but I’m also kind of fond of the planet we live on, and I always feel guilty about upgrading to the latest and greatest if it means leaving last year’s model lying in a desk drawer or even worse — a landfill. Fortunately there’s a growing market for second-hand electronics, and much e-waste can be recycled or re-used. But things would be a lot better if computers and other gadgets were made of more environmentally responsible materials in the first place. And the folks at PEGA Design & Engineering are taking a step in that direction.
The company is showing off a new material that’s flexible and sturdy enough to be molded into a laptop computer chassis. But the material which is made of recycled paper and polyproylene is biodegradeable.
Right now the company is just showing a prototype for its laptop case design, but I’d love to see PC makers adopt the technology for actual products.
While you might not think recycled paper would make a sturdy building material, you can actually process it to be incredibly durable. In fact, when we remodeled the kitchen in our home, we went with PaperStone countertops made of recycled paper. It’s as hard as rock, waterproof, and resistant to high temperatures.
Gosh, Recompute is all over this.
As long as it doesn’t bio-degrade while I am using it, I think it is a good idea. It might even make the cases even less expensive to make with lower costs to the consumer.
Dude, I think your computer is biodegrading. Time to upgrade! Now that’s built in obsolescence!
This is great news. I’ve been wanting to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to electronics. It really is up to the manufacturers to make more eco friendly products.
What is that, the case from an EEE PC? Another engadget joke photo?
Photos aren’t from Engadget, though hard to say how legit the photos are though since improvised photos are sometimes used to demonstrate a product before it’s actually released.
And it does look like the bottom of a Eee PC 900AX but it sort of makes sense for them to demonstrate with a cheap netbook mold before they move on to more higher end systems.
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