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green computing

Looks like HP is a trend setter in the PC manufacturing industry by launching a green desktop.

Their RP5700 got a Gold award from EPEAT because it is made of 95% recycleable components and it's internal chassis can be taken apart by hand without special tools. To meet the European Union's tight regulations, toxic and hazardous materials have been eliminated and both the plastic casing and external cardboard packaging source a percentage of post–consumer waste.

Similar to the LEED rating system for buildings, and now mandated for use in 95% of all government procurement of electronics, EPEAT grants bronze, silver and gold status at the product level.

The typical Mac or PC laptop is designed to last 2-3 years, while the RP5700 has a life expectancy of 5 years. In environmental impact terms, extending the useful life of a PC is a significant lever to reducing emissions during use, and energy burned during end-of-life disposal or recycling.

Thanks HP, for starting something meaningful!


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