Recyclable Bloom Laptop Provides New Approach to Reducing E-Waste
Stanford students create Bloom laptop, a recyclable laptop that can be disassembled easily for upgrading or recycling
A team of graduate students has won an “Inventor of the Month” award for designing the Bloom laptop, a recyclable laptop that can also be disassembled easily for upgrading or recycling. Autodesk gave them the award for the recyclable Bloom laptop in October, since the group used Autodesk Inventor software during the design phase.
The Bloom laptop, a collaboration between graduate students from Stanford and Aalto universities, can be taken apart in 10 steps, without tools, and can be easily separated into recyclable material types, such as plastics, metals, and circuitry. In comparison, a traditional laptop took a team of three engineers 45 minutes, three tools, and 121 steps to disassemble. Check out the Bloom laptop in the video below.
The materials used in both laptops and desktop computers, and the issues with taking them apart, which make recycling problematic and expensive, are factors that contribute to the growing heap of global e-waste our world is facing. Take a look at the video below illustrating the laborious process of recycling e-waste.
Additional features of the recyclable Bloom laptop include a detachable keyboard and track pad for better ergonomics, and ease of removing, repairing and upgrading components, allowing the consumer to keep the laptop longer rather than discarding it and buying a brand new one. This would mean the recyclable laptop would last longer and be discarded less frequently, all positive benefits for the e-waste problem.
The question now is whether manufacturers will use the Bloom laptop concepts to design a better and more recyclable laptop, or whether the financial ramifications of consumers only upgrading components and hence keeping laptops longer will stand in the way of reducing the ecological impact of disposal of their products.