Expo Notes: Going green is in the bag

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Editor’s Note: All this week, Macworld editors will report from the Macworld Expo show floor on meetings with Mac developers, new product announcements, and anything else that catches their eye.

In our analysis of trends we saw at last week’s CES, my colleague Dan Moren and I noted the movement among many companies to “go green” by using more and more recycled materials—or at least, materials that can be more easily-recyclable—in their products, along with fewer environmentally-harmful substances. That trend is evident here at the Macworld Expo, as well. Of course, Steve Jobs noted the environmentally-friendly construction of the new MacBook Air, but other companies are also showing products designed with the environment in mind.

For example, Targus showed me a number of “eco-friendly” additions to the company’s Radiusline of Mac-specific laptop bags that are made of PVC-free material including 100-percent-recycled polyester, nickel-free metal, and fully-recyclable plastic. According to the company, the new bags are part of Targus’ company-wide EcoSmart initiative, the goal of which is to make Targus more environmentally sound. The initiative includes efforts such as a corporate paper-recycling program and environmentally-friendly product packaging, and extends all the way to manufacturing facilities and practices.

The Radius bags are also functional, with EVA-molded laptop compartments and Apple-specific touches such as custom-fit pockets for iPods, power adapters, and Apple Remotes.

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