For many businesses, reducing their carbon footprint and retaining a green ethos throughout the company is an important part of their day-to-day operations, but when it comes to IT equipment there are few options available other than churned out kit from the usual tech behemoths.
However, a new device set to hit the market in September could change that, as it boasts a wooden casing that the manufacturer claims has a carbon footprint 70 per cent smaller than traditional monitors and PCs.
The Iameco (pronounced 'I am eco') device has been designed by an Irish firm called MicroPro, which is set to officially launch the device in September at the Electronics Goes Green conference in Berlin.
MicroPro buys offcuts of sustainably sourced timber, such as walnut, solid oak or beech, from European furniture makers, and transports it back to a factory in Galway, Ireland, to make the computers.
As a result the device has become the first touchscreen computer to gain the European Union's Ecolabel certificate.
Speaking to V3's sister title, BusinessGreen, the firm's chief executive, Paul Maher, confirmed it would cost around €850 plus VAT, with an additional cost for software of around €100, so it won't be cheap but for many the green ethos it promotes will make it a worthwhile investment.
Maher also revealed the firm was working on creating a similarly green laptop (see below), which would also feature a wooden casing, cutting down on the use of non-renewable materials but also helping to make it easier to replace components and therefore extend usage.
"If the motherboard breaks on your existing computer, you would be able to take out all the other components like the screen and processor and hard drive to fit it into our wooden laptop," he explained.
"It's industrial symbiosis, we're extending the lifespan of components so the carbon footprint is really low."
So, if you're looking to get even greener, than the Iameco could be for you, if you can get used to such a silly name.
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