It is estimated that 400 million personal computers are made every year. Although this sounds like a great thing because many more people are gaining access to this technology, this, however, is causing a major ecological problem. Majority of computers and computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice are made from plastic, and those computers typically have a lifespan of 5-10 years and are discarded because the technology gets outdated. In addition to the plastic waste, a lot of heavy metals end up in the landfills. In the United States, an estimated 70% of heavy metals in landfills comes from discarded electronics.
To help solve this problem, there are companies that are making keyboards and mouses from bamboo. annually manufactures 5 million sets of computer peripherals and 400,000 square meters of bamboo floorboards.