Green computing is the design of practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems effectively while causing the least damage to the environment possible.
Goals of Green Computing
Reduce use of hazardous materials
Maximize energy efficiency in products
Promote recycleability or bio degredeability of products
Apple Inc. is a corporation founded in the 70's that produces computers, software, and other electronics like the ipod and iphone. They are also one of the most environmentally responsible company's in the industry.
Apple strives to use the least amount of material possible in their designs.
- Todays Imac uses 55% less material than its first generation design which is equivelant to 10,000 metric tons per million imacs sold.
Removal of toxic substances from Apple designs
Every new mac, ipod, and iphone are free of the harmful chemicals polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants.
All the new macbook pro models feature display with mercury free backlighting and arsenic free glass.
Apple is even making the way the ship and package their items greener.
The packaging for the new macbook pro is 41 percent smaller than the 2008 pro.
Smaller packaging means they can be shipped more efficiently with fewer boats and planes.
Apple is the only company whose entire line of computers meet energy star requirements and their mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desk top.
Recycling Apple's Products
Apple has set up recycling programs in 95% of the countries where their products are sold recycling 41% of their products or more then 33 million pounds of electronic waste.
Apple refuses to use prison labor at any point of the recycling process and does not allow the disposal of hazardous electronic waste in questionable areas.
Apple has taken steps to reduce the amounts of energy used to produce macs in their facilities as well.
They had energy efficient lighting and motion sensors in all of their facilities
By the end of 2009 two of their facilities will run entirely on renewable energy.