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Employees at the MicroPro Company in Ireland, working in collaboration with colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin, have engineered a wooden-frame computer with reduced environmental impacts. Source: Product Design & Development
As the first computer of its class, the “iameco” (pronounced “I - am -eco”) was awarded the EU Ecolabel, the European Unionʼs environmental label.
“This touch-screen PC has a very low energy consumption over the entire lifecycle of the unit – starting from production, through the use phase to its ultimate recycling,” said Alexander Schlösser, scientist at IZM.
The carbon footprint is 70% less than a typical desktop PC with monitor. In addition, it can be easily recycled. Of the materials used, 98% can be recycled with 20% of the computer able to be recycled immediately. Many parts and components can be reused for repairing other computers – such as parts of the wooden frame.