This is Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse – the “greenest” mouse money can buy. It is a mouse with significance to our planet and for Microsoft. The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is the latter’s small step forward in its sustainability journey.
The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse has a shell that is made with 20% recycled ocean plastic by weight, or about half of a 16-ounce (473 ml) water bottle.
The keywords here are “ocean plastic”. The upcycled plastics are not from plastic waste accumulated in your city’s recycling bins; these are straight from the ocean – certified by third-party as recovered from any ocean or ocean-feeding waterways, or where it washed ashore from those locations.
The plastic is made from resin created from ocean plastic. With as much as eight million metric tons or more plastic in the ocean today and a nightmarish prediction that will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, it is imperative that we do something about it.
What Microsoft did may not weigh much, but hopefully, it will prompt other major businesses to do the same.
Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is a four-button mouse with left, right, wheel, power buttons. In addition to vertical scrolling, the wheel also supports button clicking.
The mouse connects to your Windows computers via Bluetooth 5.0 LE and boasts up to 12 months of battery life on a single AA cell.
It further boasts Swift Pair for easy mouse-to-computer pairing, X-Y resolution adjustment, wheel button function reassignment, left and right-click swap, wheel customization, and battery level reporting.
Rounding up the package is plastic-free and 100% recyclable packaging, made from recyclable wood and sugarcane natural fibers.
If anyone’s interested, the Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is available now for US$24.99 a pop.