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New MacBooks Made With Fewer Materials, Packaging, Chemicals

Apple’s latest MacBooks replace the plastic body with aluminum, come in smaller boxes and are free of mercury and PVC.

Following up on its announcement of greener iPods last month, Apple’s newest MacBooks are designed to use fewer materials, come in smaller packages and eliminate certain harmful chemicals.

Unveiled Tuesday, the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros come with no mercury, no PVC in cables and components, no brominated flame retardants and arsenic-free glass.

Each notebook computer’s lower body is carved out of a single block of aluminum, replacing the previous multiple plastic parts with a more-recyclable material.

By using LED displays instead of LCD screens, the MacBooks use 30 percent less power, and their overall energy efficiency has earned them an Energy Star 4.0 rating and EPEAT Gold.

The lighter MacBooks also come in less packaging, with boxes that are 41 percent smaller than previous containers, and include corrugate cardboard with a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled content. The company eliminated the use of expanded polystyrene, but still uses other types of plastic in the packaging.

The company also calculated the lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of the new products, stating that, including customer use, each MacBook accounts for 460 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, and each MacBook Pro accounts for 560 kg.

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