We've seen compact disks and DVDs being used for lots of things other than what they were originally meant for, but what Fujitsu has in mind is different form a sparkling curtain or sculpture.
It so happens that Fujitsu is aware that many people form across the world have more CDs or DVDs than they know what to do with.
While useful for backing up files and such, it is just so much easier to use flash drives, external HDDs or SSDs or NAS devices for such things.
Thus, CDs and DVDs are mostly used for music and movie distribution nowadays, and even that can be done over the Internet.
Thus, optical disks have begun to pile up and lie around without any use for anyone, so Fujitsu has decided to offer a way for them to contribute to society one last time.
Long story short, Fujitsu has initiated a program for recycling optical disks and use the material in the manufacture of laptops.
A product called Lifebook P772/E, an enterprise notebook, will be the first device made from the repurposed plastic.
Speaking of which, Fujitsu hopes to cut the use of new plastic by 10 tons a year and reduce CO2 emission by 15% in the process.
For those who want to know how the whole thing works, Fujitsu Laboratories developed a chemical substances risk management database. When recycling the disks, the resulting material is compared to the information there.
Thus, all legal requirements for chemical components are upheld by the notebook PCs and ITC devices thus constructed.
“Compared to conventional notebook PC manufacturing processes, this system is expected to reduce the amount of newly produced plastic used by 10 tons per year while cutting CO2 emissions by approximately 15%,” the company says
in its announcement. “Going forward, Fujitsu plans to expand the use of this system to other notebook PCs and products as a way to reduce its environmental footprint and resource consumption.”