Typical USB memory drives sure are handy for taking information on the go, but they’re often made with toxic ingredients that are difficult to recycle. Enter the world’s first recyclable USB drive: ATP’s EarthDrive. It looks and works just like other drives, except it’s made from PLA (Polylactic acid) — a biodegradable polyester derived from renewable resources like corn.

And, every time an EarthDrive is sold, the company donates a portion of the profits to help plant trees. The handy little devices range from 1GB to 8GB and can be purchased for $20 to $100 in retail stores and online.

Story by Jessica Knoblauch. This article originally appeared in Plenty in September 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

 

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