Ten million computers are dumped into landfills each year. Two Google searches generate the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle. (And yes, I had to search Google to get both of those stats.)
Computer technology may have helped in cutting back waste in everyday life, but we’re still producing a lot of it. Which is what makes Sony’s new mini PC genius.
The Vaio W Series notebook is smaller than a piece of paper, lighter than a keyboard, and composed of recycled CDs. Yes, that collection of silver discs you dumped around the advent of iTunes could now make up 20 percent of the very machine you’re using to read this post.
It’s not just the reprocessed plastic chassis that’s the result of some intense dumpster diving—the reusable carrying case is made with recycled PET bottles. And though the Vaio W Series Eco Edition 212AX boasts a battery charge of up to seven hours and a 250GB hard drive, when you’re finally ready to dump it, Sony takes care of that in an eco-friendly way, too; the tech company has a trade-in and recycling program for retired computers.
But really, what we’re most impressed with is the price; with systems starting around $480, there’s no doubt that our CD collection cost more than double that.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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