Toshiba Offering ‘Carbon Neutral’ Notebooks

Has anyone seen a bandwagon here? I was hoping to jump on it.

I don’t know about you, but I must admit that when considering buying a notebook, a good level of carbon neutrality isn’t high up on my feature list. Still, there are no doubt some die-hard environmentalists (emphasis on the mental) worrying that their pending notebook purchase might just tip the balance in global CO2 levels and send the planet to an early grave. If you are such a person, Toshiba has a solution for you, in the form of the Carbon Zero scheme.

The premise is simple, give Toshiba £1.18 (£1 plus VAT) on top of the cost of your notebook and they will plant a tree to offset the carbon emissions produced in the manufacture of said machine. The offsetting is done by a company called CO2Balance, which provides offsetting services to many large companies. Toshiba isn’t keeping any of the amount donated, so I concede that the company at least isn’t trying to make a quick buck out of the current climate change hype.

For those interested, the trees are being planted in land owned by CO2Balance Cumbria and the company is adamant that the land being used for the offsetting is reserved for it alone – clearly you wouldn’t want your donation mopping up someone else’s carbon. For those concerned enough to be interested in participating in the scheme, you can check out Toshiba’s website.

Toshiba Carbon Zero page.

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