Fujitsu has developed the world's first biodegradable
The Fujitsu Mouse M440 ECO is made from Arboform, a
thermoplastic made from lignin, and Biograde, a wood cellulose-based material.
"It's the little things that add up-we're continuing to
prove that it's possible to eliminate the use of non-renewable sources from the
IT lifecycle," says Garry Sales, product marketing manager, Client Products, at
Fujitsu UK & Ireland. "By choosing this mouse, environmentally-conscious
businesses can feel good that they are helping reduce CO2 emissions without
sacrificing durability or comfort-and without having to pay any extra."
Arboform, made by a German company called Tecnaro
, is a composite
that combines lignin, a pulp industry byproduct, with natural fibers and
natural additives. Tecnaro describes Arboform as a "liquid wood" that can be
Biograde is a wood cellulose-based material made by another
German company, FKuR
, that combines
cellulose with acetates to make bio-based plastic.
Fujitsu says there is no sacrifice in quality with the Eco
model, which includes a scroll wheel and a 1000 dpi optical sensor. The
renewable materials have more elasticity and a better feel than hard plastics
that are typically used, according to Fujitsu.
The Mouse M440 ECO is being sold in the UK for £11 ($17.46).
Last year Fujitso introduced a keyboard (KBPC PX ECO)
manufactured in part from renewable materials. The keyboard hand rest is 100
percent wood-based material (also lignin).