Buying Green; June 2009; Scientific American Earth 3.0; by Kate Wilcox; 3 Page(s)
Got It Covered
Protect the planet while also protecting your iPhone. Agent 18 has a hard phone cover that is made from postconsumer plastic bottles. For $20, it's a sleek fit. You'll still need to take some care, however, because the slip does not have a screen protector. Blackberry users are out of luck; so far the eco-covers are just for iPhones.
Savings on Display
Lenovo says its ThinkVision L1700p ($240) uses 30 percent less power than regular LCD screens. The display also has 50 percent less mercury content. The graphics capability is pretty standard, so the 17-inch screen may be better suited to people who are more concerned with their carbon footprint than cutting-edge resolution. Just remember: to really save power, shut the box off when you're not using it.