Many IT equipment vendors seem to be following the lead of the DTI and hoping that EU environmental legislation will dissolve harmlessly in the ocean of red tape. But Japanese giant NEC is not among them. Its environmental research labs have already developed a range of eco-friendly plastics for computer cases, called NuCycle, and it is now apparently ready to go a step further. Earlier this year it announced the development of "bio-plastics" suitable for laptop casings made out of corn. It will unleash the first of these corny computers later this month. Such steps are of course to be applauded, but Sneak does wonder if there will be drawbacks, given that the plastic is designed to be broken down naturally by microbes. Just how quickly will this process happen? Will users have to store their new laptops in the fridge? Will they come with a best-before date? And will the new laptops go soggy in the rain, like corn flakes left in milk?
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