Get Green, with Brown!

The folks at Recompute have taken the notion of "Going Green" to a whole new level. They've made computer cases out of recyclable cardboard. We had the pleasure of speaking with Recompute's Brenden Macaluso and took one of their computers for a test drive. Here's what we found:

  • The computers living inside the cardboard boxes are actually quite functional. Although they're not super-fast gaming machines, the computer options aren't just a bunch of low-end Atom machines.

  • The cases feel sturdy. We were leery about using a computer case made of cardboard, but it didn't feel flimsy at all.

  • Although a cardboard case doesn't make the computer internals any more recyclable, it does actually make it easier to recycle those innards. They literally rip right out.

There are many skeptics when it comes to the Recompute idea. Some see the cardboard case as a gimmick, and some think a computer wrapped in brown craft paper is a fire hazard. If you have questions about the Recompute computer, check out the FAQ on the Web site: For my full video review, check out:


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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Going green

Andrew Mann's picture

Great article about saving the environment.It's about time we started recycling and this is a great step in the right direction.We should all be supporting using these computer cases.

high fiber

conwaytwt's picture

The ISP wants fiber to the curb; this gets it all the way to the CPU!

Cardboard Computing

cfmcguire's picture

I'm sure that my cat, Fred "the shred" would love my cardboard cased computer.

Beagán a rá agus é a rá go maith.
Say little but say it well.


NOYB's picture

Wow well does Boxee run on this boxy box? Suggestion. Think outside the box.

Oops! I made a typo. How well

NOYB's picture

Oops! I made a typo. How well does Boxee run on this boxy box? Suggestion. Think outside the box.

Stop this!

Anonymous's picture

Really people, we need to stop doing crazy stuff like this. Electrical equipment inside a cardboard box; this is a fire hazard - big time.

If you want to go green, reuse the perfectly good housings that are being thrown away on a regular basis.

Maybe not

Desidia's picture

"the case is treated with a non toxic UL tested flame retardant."

Hmm... Not interested in the

Anonymous's picture

Hmm... Not interested in the entire unit, only the box -- flat packed. As for the price, the basic model (box + PSU) is 199 dollars(!).
However, it does inspire me to make one myself.


Anonymous's picture

It will bring new meaning to the phrase "my Linux box".