Fujitsu has announced its latest attempt to jump on the eco-wagon: a biodegradable mouse, which it claims is 100 per cent recyclable.
The M440 ECO Mouse may not have a particularly exciting or original name, but its design is surprisingly clever. Rather than using the plastics that traditionally make up the shell of a mouse, Fujitsu has replaced the casing with a pair of environmentally-conscious alternatives: Arboform and Biograde.
As alternatives to plastic, the pair of materials are pretty neat. They're designed to be fully biodegradable, come from renewable sources and their manufacturing processes produce far less CO2
than equivalent volumes of plastic.
This isn't the first time Fujitsu has taken this approach, either. Last year, the company created the KBPC PX ECO Keyboard, which replaced almost half of the overall plastic with renewable alternatives. The company claims that the move will equate to a saving of around 60,000kg of plastic each year.
The M440 isn't just about green credentials, however. Fujitsu has equipped the device with a 1,000dpi optical sensor and a scroll wheel, and while its feature-list might leave gamers cold, there's no denying that it meets all the requirements of a basic mouse.
Garry Sales, manager of the client products team at Fujitsu UK, claimed that '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.
The M440 Eco Mouse is due to hit the shops imminently, with a recommended retail price of £13.20.
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