In this ever-growing world, more and more people are owning (and replacing) computers. The implication of this is obvious – more computer waste ends up in land-fills, and this in turn endangers the health of our planet. Fujitsu obviously spotted this problem and wanted to do something about it, so they created a mouse made from 100% bio-materials.
The M440 ECO mouse still functions the same as any other mouse, with two buttons and a scroll wheel. The only difference is the material that it’s made out of – all natural, as opposed to man made. The outer shell has been created from arboform and biograde. Arboform is a pulp industry by-product and is lignin based. The lignin is mixed with other natural fibres, allowing it to be moulded. The other material, biograde, is a wood cellulose-based material made from European soft wood. Biograde contains cellulose and acetates, which makes synthetic fiber and bio-plastic, so, instead of using petroleum based plastic they used bio-plastic. Also, the cord of the mouse is PVC free.
Enough about the environmental side of the mouse, now the specs. The connection is USB plug and play with one click fast connection. The scroll wheel has maximum flexibility, and is supposed to be comfortable with left and right handed people. The cord is 1.8 metres long and the mouse will cost $22.
So, as you can see it’s not the nicest looking mouse, but that can only get better over time. But can you imagine if larger manufacturers like Apple and Logitech started making their products out of bio-materials, how much of a positive impact this would have on the environment? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.