Razer has once again taken a step in a greener direction. No, I’m not talking about the retina-destroying color of your peripherals. The company has just announced that it will apply Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Ecologo Type One Sustainable Product Certifications to two of its gaming mice.
Razer partner for this, UL, is the same company that owns 3DMark (opens in new tab). This is one of the tests we use to benchmark hardware in our labs here at PC Gamer, and a name we’ve trusted for years. In addition to the strange bias blip in its story. Either way, these UL eco-certifications will be the first of their kind to be released for gaming mice.
First for Deathadder Essential, then an updated version of Basilisk V3 (opens in new tab) will come along with your new green credentials.
If you come across one of Razer’s new Ecolabel products, you might be wondering if they’re just a load of hot air. Anyone can put a label on a product these days and claim eco-superiority, can’t they?
To put your mind at ease, here are the six hoops Razer had to go through to meet official public standards and earn that certification:
- The supply chain complies with the EU Restriction Chemical Candidate List (REACH).
- The product is dermal biocompatible – meaning the materials do not harm the skin – and complies with the Restricted Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronics (RoHS) directive.
- It’s a low power device… I mean, I hope so from a mouse.
- End of life management is done, or yes, you can recycle them or send them back for reuse. Oh, and Razer will make repair parts available even three years after end of life.
- No heavy metals or chlorine are used in the packaging.
- Then there’s the corporate side of things. Razors sustainability reports are publicly available. Then there’s the tracked conflict minerals policy, as well as the ‘recovery’ program that gives vouchers for returning old products.
Similar initiatives already exist throughout the peripheral space. Some Logitech mice have some sort of sustainability label, for example. In fact, according Logitech’s climate action page (opens in new tab) was the first consumer electronics company to place “detailed carbon impact labels” on its products. Many of these tend to be single-attribute claims, meaning they only meet one or perhaps two of the eco-requirements, versus the six that the full UL Standard 2710 Ecolabel required from Razer.
This is all basically another way for Razer to prove it’s doing its part; next to your ocean cleaning robots (opens in new tab)or Sneki’s valiant mission to save the trees with eco-sneakers (opens in new tab)and head pillows (opens in new tab). Since Razer has been expanding its horizons as a sustainable lifestyle brand, we’ve even seen ecological toilet paper (opens in new tab) collaborations. But this project revolves around its own products, rather than helping eco-startups.
The full Ecolabel will initially only appear on the Razer Deathadder Essential and Basilisk V3, but the company is committing to extending this across its entire product line, even Blade laptops, starting this year. This is some compromise, although there is still no solid date for when all products will be certified.
I suppose it will be a huge undertaking, and I’m happy to see gaming products getting the eco-friendly treatment, even if they’re just two of our favorite gaming mice for now.
The changes will come by the end of 2022, and you can learn more about Ecologo certifications here (opens in new tab).