Mac mini Big on Style Small on Environmental Impact

This entry was posted by Wednesday, 30 June, 2010
Mac mini

Mac mini

Remember the days when computers were clunky, big and ugly? Well, times have changed and Apple continues to push their stylish lifestyle designs to new limits. The lastest Mac mini redesign looks great while lowering its environmental impact.

Sporting a new single piece enclosure machined from highly recyclable aluminum enclosure, the new Mac mini uses 68 percent less plastics than previous generations. It is one of the most material-efficient desktop computers available, according to Apple.

It doesn’t stop with just the design of the computer itself. Apple is committed to the environment and in their own words, “Apple takes a complete product life-cycle approach to determining our environmental impact.” Many people and companies forget that we need to look at the entire eco-system and product life-cycle from materials, production, distribution, use and recycling. We applaud Apple in their commitment and approach.

Here are some highlights:

Highly efficient, built-in power supply.
The power supply for Mac mini has been reduced from 110W to 85W and is now up to 90 percent efficient.

Advanced power management.
Mac mini is a great example of Apple’s energy-efficient design philosophy. It uses less than 10 watts of power when idle — a 25 percent reduction from the previous generation.

Fewer toxins.
One of the greatest environmental challenges facing the computer industry today is the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products.

More efficient transportation.
The new Mac mini retail packaging is 35 percent smaller than the previous version. In addition, the mass of the shipping box has decreased by 15 percent.

Recyclable materials.
Mac mini uses highly recyclable aluminum to create its incredibly compact enclosure. Just 7.7 by 7.7 by 1.4 inches, Mac mini is a fraction of the size of a typical desktop tower. And it uses 68 percent less plastic than the previous generation.

Recycle the old, in with the new.
If you live in the U.S., Apple offers a free recycling program for old computers and displays with the purchase of any new Mac.

Images and data courtesy of Apple

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