The consumer electronics company said the Green Electronics Council, a group which wants to see manufacturers developing more "environmentally preferable electronic products," awarded five Toshiba laptops with the highest rating of approval. The five "Gold status" notebooks include all PortÃ©gÃ© R400 and PortÃ©gÃ© R500 configurations as well as the Tecra M9 with the product prefix of "PTM91" and two models of the Tecra A9 with the product prefixes of "PTS52" and "PTS53."
The three tiered Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool assess products over eight categories to determine their environmental friendliness, assigning point values so that Gold status "is awarded only to products that reach all 23 mandatory criteria and a minimum of 75 percent of the optional criteria." These categories include reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials; materials selection; design for end-of-life; product longevity/life cycle extension; energy conservation; end-of-life management; corporate performance and packaging.
These same Toshiba laptops also meet the IEEE 1680-2006 standard and are RoHS-compatible. This is great to see laptops like this being so environmentally friendly. Just remember to recycle your notebook somehow when you find it time to move on - all of these standards mean nothing if your computer is rotting away in a landfill.