Today sees the launch of two new laptop models from Acer that come with the Greenpeace seal of approval. Part of the company’s Timelines series of slimline, light laptops that use Intel’s ULV (ultra low voltage) Core 2 Duo microprocessors for long-lasting batteries – the Acer Aspire 3811TZ and Aspire 3811TZG will please tree huggers everywhere.
Certified under Greenpeace’s ‘Who is Green’ list as being free of two toxic substances – polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFR) – with the exception of their power cables, the two laptops are also designed to reduce energy consumption and can be recycled, the company said in a statement.
“The chemical characteristics of PVC and BFRs may generate toxic substances like dioxins and furans at products’ end-of-life, therefore, the reduction of PVC and BFRs in Acer products will help protect our environment from being poisoned by electronics goods.”
As PCWorld.com report, PVC is a cheap, durable plastic used widely in electronics casings and cables that has been targeted by environmental groups for not being biodegradable as well as for leakage, including gases given off from some products.
They note that “BFRs are used in plastics and textiles to prevent them from catching fire, but in recent years some studies have found the chemicals accumulate in the environment and can be absorbed by some animals and passed on to their young. BFRs are used heavily in the electronics industry for fire prevention.”