ThinkPads are built from up to 30 percent post-consumer content and the company
is using water jugs and used IT equipment to manufacture its LCD covers, palm
rests and cases. Lenovo notes it has used 42 million gross pounds of
post-consumer content in its Think products since 2005.
As part of the company's lifecycle design process, the laptops
also meet Energy Star 5.0 for high energy efficiency and are rated EPEAT Gold
in the U.S. for their environmental attributes. The 2010 laptops are 40 percent
more energy efficient than previous Thinkpad laptops, and are shipped in
100-percent recycled packaging that can be tossed into a recycling bin.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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