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Razer's Basilisk V3 and DeathAdder Essential are the first ECOLOGO gaming mice

By Glenn Chua & Aaron Yip - on 6 Jun 2022, 10:51am

Razer's Basilisk V3 and DeathAdder Essential are the first ECOLOGO gaming mice

Image source: Razer

Yesterday (June 5th) was World Environment Day and Razer has taken steps to commemorate the event, as part of its ‘Go Green With Razer’ sustainability initiative. In particular, the Basilisk V3 and DeathAdder Essential gaming mice were bestowed with an ECOLOGO certification from global safety company UL.

The two gaming mice are the first of their kind to be awarded the environmental eco-label. To be specific, they've passed UL2710, the Outline of Investigation for Sustainability for Portable Electronics. Razer said that the two mice were chosen for their accessibility, due to their success in sales.

The criteria for UL2710 have to do with materials used in manufacturing the product, energy use, product end-of-life cycle management, packaging, corporate practices and manufacturing and operations. You can see some of this in action, as these were the evaluations that UL arrived at for the Basilisk and DeathAdder to receive the ECOLOGO certification (including compliance with EU substance regulations, responsible manufacturing and the like):

Image source: Razer

Image source: Razer

The strictness of these tests was the reason why Razer decided to run them; rather than focus on one sustainable aspect of a product, the company said it wanted to assure users that its products were vetted by a credible third party.

The ECOLOGO labels will appear on all packaging for the Basilisk V3 and DeathAdder Essential by the end of 2022. These won't be the only products to receive the ECOLOGO or similar eco-labels, though, as it's the hope of Razer's Global Sustainability Lead, Kenneth Ng, to have them rolled out to all products.

Beyond that, Razer also began a partnership with UL at last year's RazerCon to develop Product Category Rules for gaming products, with the aim of creating standardised measurements for sustainable products in the gaming sector. They also aim to help manufacturers achieve UL-certified Enrivonmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which are reports (evaluated by UL in this case) that documents how a product affects the environment.

These initiatives join earlier Go Green With Razer efforts, including a partnership with Conservation International to save 10 million trees, as well as investments in companies producing sustainable products, such as The Nurturing Co., which produces the bamboo pulp-based toilet paper Bambooloo.

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