SimpleTech's external hard drive is innovative in several ways. First, it does away with nearly all packaging -- there's no plastic and the cables are taped to the box. The installation guide is printed on the inside of the box, eliminating the need for a paper manual that will simply be thrown away or recycled later. The box itself is made of recycled materials.
Large sections of the drive's housing are made of bamboo, which, as we mentioned in the introduction, is an abundant, easy-to-grow plant. The bamboo is grown near the manufacturing facility and isn't treated with chemicals.
SimpleTech, a Hitachi subsidiary, engineered the drive to have no fans, cutting down on electricity consumption. Instead, heat is diffused through the recycled aluminum casing. The drive itself is low power and its power adapter is rated Energy Star Level 4.
With a competitive price, multiple drive-sizes, environmentally friendly construction and positive reviews, this is the greenest external hard drive out there.