Despite the fact that Apple shareholders feel no sense of morality when it comes to the company's environmental performance — they voted down a proposal to reduce the company's carbon footprint — Apple has managed to create one device which is being widely heralded as the greenest computing device to date — the iPad.
Gizelle Imamo over at Huffington Post put together a nice summary of the gadget's greenest features:
- Recycled aluminum casing
- Ultra-thin, uses less materials
- LED display far more efficient than LCD screens
- PVC-free (polyvinyl chloride)
- No brominated fire retardants
- Saves paper by promoting digital books
- 10-hour battery life due to energy efficiency
- Apple can fully recycle the iPad
In addition, the device also acts as a phone. It's hard to imagine people will ever be letting go of their pocket-sized phones in the near future, but the fact that one COULD avoid having a cell phone contract by buying the iPad is appealing, especially if you are on a budget. At $500 that is a whole lot of functionality in one very light-weight (and pretty green) package.