We make a lot of electronic waste these days; upgrading our TVs, cell phones, and notebooks every couple of years. That can’t be good for the environment; to help alleviate some of these concerns Asus has announced a new line of laptops that are 100% recyclable.
How did they do this? Well, it seems that the new Asus Ux3 series notebooks (which are based on the Ux5) have been outfitted with a chassis that is completely made of bamboo. The much more sustainable wood is easily sourced and easily recycled.
This isn’t the first time that Asus has launched out a series of bamboo-made laptops, but I think this is the first time that the entire chassis is made of the panda food item. In terms of specs, you get Intel Core i5 450M for your processor, along with NVIDIA 310M graphics, USB 3.0 ports, 2GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Asus is more than happy to sell you a new notebook as often as you’re willing to buy one, so I guess this whole “recycle me when you’re done” gimmick helps to alleviate some of the environmental stress. I don’t know how the chips inside or the LCD display get recycled aside from the traditional extraction and meltdown method, but they are saying that the whole thing can be taken care of.
Expect prices on this more environmentally-conscious notebook to start in the $1,300 range.