In case you missed it (and if you did, where have you been?), Apple announced their newly "refreshed" line of MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the 2008 Apple Event on Tuesday. Although I'm stoked about the new trackpad, super-sized hard drives, and upgraded graphics cards, I'm a big fan of how green these new laptops are — and I'm not talking about the color.
Apple seems to have put some hard work into making sure this line of portable computers is the easiest it can be on the environment, and have been able to cut down their excess waste from start to finish. In fact, these are Apple's first products to make EPEAT Gold status — the highest standard you can get for your environmental and energy conservation efforts. To see other eco-friendly facts about this line of MacBooks, just read more.
- All of the MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs are made with highly recyclable aluminum and glass, which is free from mercury and arsenic. On the inside, the circuit boards and electrical components are all made without PVC and BFR (Brominated Flame Retardants), which are toxic to the earth, and you!
- All new models use their energy wisely: The 15-inch MacBooks consume only 18 watts of power while in idle with the display on. That's 30 percent less than your standard household light bulb!
- The MacBooks backlit LED display uses 30 percent less power than before.
- Because of the new unibody enclosure, Apple can reuse more materials for other products, reducing the amount of overall material needed.
Since Apple has always strived to be eco-friendly, and has made some impressive energy advancements this time around, I guess my question has been answered: those Apples are pretty darn green!