Fujitsu Limited of Tokyo is now reusing old materials in new ways. Fujitsu employs five recycling centers and collects, breaks down, and sorts PCs and other computer related products. You would think that recovered plastic from personal computers would be easily reused, however the properties of different plastics don't always jive. The solution, use more uniform plastics from their recycling centers, which in this case involve CDs and DVDs. These polycarbonate discs are plentiful and provide suitable upcycling for Fujitsu's bodies of their laptop computers.
The CDs and DVD's must first be approved and free of harmful contaminates, this is done at their laboratory division. The selected CDs and DVDs are crushed, pass through quality control, separated, compounded, then molded into the end product. This results in a common waste product being upcycled into a new laptop computer casing.
Fujitsu estimates that compared to a conventional PC manufacturing process, this system reduces the amount of newly produced plastic by 10 tons per year while cutting CO2 emissions by approximately 15%.
The key to this process lies in collaboration with plastic washing and processing company PANAC industries. In this collaboration Fujitsu was able to attain the proper quality, and in turn the safety, of the recycled CDs an DVDs. The consequence of this partnership now allows the company to turn out the PC's industry first system for recycling dead products collected at their recycling centers.
In the end the customer receives a high quality PC, the company can reuse a before useless product, and the amount of new plastic is greatly reduced. Fujitsu by reusing old materials new ways has provided a winning solution for themselves, their customers, and the environment.
Danielle is an upcycling, green living, environmentally friendly, recycling, tree-hugging freak of nature... in the most eco way possible of course! She spends her weekends saving the planet and will now be writing about it for the Hipcycle Blog.