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.
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 injection molded.
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).