Sustainable Laptop Design

Kirstin Gail




Abstract  Bloom Recyclable Laptop

The Bloom Laptop, a recyclable laptop developed by graduate students from Stanford’s ME310 Design Innovation course, represents a new class of electronic products that can be easily disassembled for recycling by the consumer at end of life. Inspired by unexpected insights into consumers’ electronics recycling behavior, the Bloom’s design allows it to essentially “bloom” open so that consumers can access, identify, separate, and recycle its components in less than one minute, without using any tools. The Bloom team believes that this unique approach to electronics design will help drive sustainability in the consumer electronics industry and thus help reduce the millions of tons of e-waste that enter landfills each year.



Kirstin graduated in 2010 with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where she also earned her B.S. in Product Design in 2009. Her studies focused primarily on design methodology and sustainable product development and manufacturing. For her Masters capstone project for ME310, a course in design innovation, Kirstin worked with a team of engineering and design students from both Stanford and Aalto University (in Helsinki, Finland) to design and build “Bloom,” a recyclable laptop computer. Kirstin is currently a Product Manager in the manufacturing division at Autodesk in San Francisco.