The ACER Vero may well be the template for sustainable laptops

It does look cool, but will laptops made from PCR plastic catch on?

by Justin Choo

The Aspire Vero (which means truth) might well represent the future of laptops.

The Vero is made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, using a combination of colour, pigment effect and texture to give it a unique, earthy look. ACER stresses that it does not use additional surface treatments, which may be environmentally unfriendly.

In essence, it is a physical representation of ACER’s sustainability efforts – the idea was that the laptop would meet the goals of having sustainable materials, repairability, upgradability, recyclability, and identity.

ACER chose PCR plastic because they see it as direct and efficient, as it produces 20 per cent less Carbon Dioxide emissions than regular plastic. The enclosure and keycaps are made from PCR, and the display from partner AUO includes components made from PCR.

But hang on, it’s not 100 per cent recyclable plastic; from what we understand, the keycaps are 50 per cent PCR, while the chassis contains 30 per cent PCR. But that’s the complicated nature of the beast – plastics are tough to recycle and we’re some ways off till we can get 100% recyclable plastics, though PDK is looking promising.

And in line with its tenets of repairability and upgradability, the Vero was made with ‘old school’ mentality – i.e. it’s far easier to pop off the bottom cover and replace the RAM and storage when you need to give your laptop a little more headroom.

The Vero is not confirmed for our market yet, but we’ll update when we have more information.