Need a new computer - can it be green?
January 8, 2008 3:16 AM Subscribe
It’s that time again – I need a new computer, as my old one struggles with Windows XP and Word and basic functions. However, with all the publicity the Green lobbyists have been getting, I was wondering just how green I can realistically make my new computer?
posted by philsi to computers & internet (12 answers total)
I’m reasonably comfortable building my own computer from all of the components, and was thinking that it would be rather nice if my next machine could be as green as possible. Not just energy efficient, but actually, truthfully green – as few non-recyclable materials and polluting nasties as possible.
I know this may be a bit of an oxymoron, searching for green electronics companies, but I was just wondering if there are any companies that make components that claim to be green / causing less damage to the environment in their manufacture. After a bit of googling I can find plenty of “energy efficient” products, but very few components that claim to have fewer toxic materials or damaging components when disposed of. I’ll be recycling as much as possible of my old machine, but if we’re honest most of the computers today are going to end up in landfill / waste management facilities at somepoint. And I don’t see any of it biodegrading.
What companies make components that are claimed to be “green”? Is this project realistic, without costing much more than a conventional desktop? Or is my head simply in the idealistic clouds? I’m in the UK if it makes much difference, and my budget is around £1,000 ($2,000 USD), and I was hoping for a reasonably specced Windows Vista machine.