This week, HP announced the greenest computer ever – the RP5700, and was awarded the first “gold” rating by EPEAT. How does HP make it to gold? First, by redesigning for end of life – 95% of components are recyclable, and the internal chassis can be taken apart by hand with no need for special tools for easy disassembly. Toxic and hazardous materials have been eliminated to meet the EU’s tight regulations, and both the plastic casing and external cardboard packaging source a percentage of post–consumer waste.

We’ve covered EPEAT before as the only third party tested tool designed to rate a computer’s environmental performance. Similar to the LEED rating system forbuildings, and now mandated for use in 95% of all government procurement of electronics, EPEAT grants bronze, silver and gold status at the product level.

Where HP makes the biggest strides is in reversing the trend toward shorter life machines determined intentionally through “planned obsolescence”. PC and Mac product manufacturers make engineering and design decisions that determine a product’s useful time span. The typical Mac or PC laptop is designed to last 2-3 years, while the RP5700 has a life expectancy of 5 years. In environmental impact terms, extending the useful life of a PC is a significant lever to reducing emissions during use, and energy burned during end-of-life disposal or recycling.

Design built to last…. This is one design trend we hope will last a long time.

+ HP RP5700

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  1. jim midgley August 15, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I think you have advertised what I have been searching for….A portable desktop ……I live in Florida six months and Connecticut six months…. .Only thing is….You do not put up a price….

  2. Tim August 3, 2007 at 7:43 am

    I can understand the cocern about the difference between recycing ability and actual recycling… but when your looking at the comparison between something that CAN be recycled, you’ve gotta say its a step in the right direction. As a recycler, I know that getting clean uncontaminated materials into the re-grind process is a difficult and lossy process… but we still do it, and we do make viable money out of it. For God’s sake stop being so chritical and start supporting initiative. HP are not legally obligated to be green at all, so this is an exercise in forward thinking that steps around the ugly convention of planned obsolescence.

    Sometimes as greens we get badged as luddites who just can anything that doesnt equate to hessian undies. Wake up and smell the initiative kids!

    Love ya really, just a bit tired of people who sit in comfy chairs and sling hypercriciticsm

  3. Nathan J. August 2, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Going along with Luda, HP bought a local company at which some of my friends work. When it came time to replace their Dells with HP equipment HP smashed the old computers for scrap because it was more cost effective than scrubbing the hard drives and selling them. But what company wants to sell their competitors computers at discount when there’s market share to be had? Companies need to build “Green” into the company and it’s business plan, not just the products.

  4. Luda June 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I raise the same question as Hun Boon here. Who and what facility will take on the recycle part of this thing? Because not every waste management facility will be able to recycle it to its full reuse capability.
    Companies should think more about that other than using green slogan to put more greens in their pocket.

  5. mod*mom June 13, 2007 at 5:16 am

    i agree with MIHIR

  6. Hun Boon June 12, 2007 at 4:43 am

    Being RECYCLABLE doesn’t meant it will get RECYCLED..

  7. MIHIR June 12, 2007 at 3:19 am

    Thats really awesome, hopefully more companies catch on! Seriously though, does it have to be so ugly? Well, I hope style guru’s at Sony and Apple can change that soon! I know Apple is green to some extent, but lets see how they react to this!

  8. Christian June 7, 2007 at 5:16 am

    I too would like more details on how recyclable the chassis of this computer is. Still, I’m interested I’d say that the fact that the chassis can be completely disassembled by hand also makes this thing fairly hack-worthy.

  9. JAMES GEDDES June 7, 2007 at 12:23 am

    does this mean the box for the processor, keyboard and monitor are all
    100% recyclable?

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