MSI goes green by removing unnecessary paper attachments from their motherboards

MSI's planning to reduce waste an energy use in its supply chains

MSI goes green by removing unnecessary paper attachments from their products

MSI's removing unnecessary paper from their future motherboards

Global warming is a thing, that cannot be denied at this point. The world needs to go green if we don't want the climate to change too rapidly, and that means that companies, governments and individuals all need to take action.

To reduce their environmental impact, MSI has confirmed that they will be removing "unnecessary paper attachments" from their future motherboards. Removed attachments include fliers for MSI's rewards program, the company's product catalogue, and the user manuals for their motherboards.

These changes will reduce the amount of paper, ink and other materials that MSI use to create these attachments. QR codes will be printed on motherboard boxes to lead users to digital versions of MSI's manuals. With this effort, MSI plans to reduce their energy use and material use. Beyond that, this change will undoubtedly lower MSI's manufacturing costs.

While I will miss seeing physical manuals with MSI's future motherboards, it is hard to see MSI's moves here as being a negative change. Most of us throw away the paper attachments that MSI abandoning, and many of us already find it easier to find a digital manual online than to search for your motherboard's physical manual.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if other motherboard manufacturers follow MSI's lead in the near future. 

It's happening again!

Today's change reminds me of when most manufacturers decided to stop shipping driver CDs with their motherboards and other components. While these driver CDs were necessary in the past, they became an unused relic of the past, especially now that drivers and included software are regularly updated.

Back then, it made sense for motherboards to stop shipping with driver CDs and for driver downloads to become online-only. The move of manuals to an online medium follows a similar trend, albeit for a different reason. Yes, removing driver CDs did result in environmental positives, but the primary reason for their removal was due to the fact that CDs themselves were becoming antiquated within the PC market. The same can't be said for paper manuals. 

What follows is MSI's Press Release. 

MSI goes green by removing unnecessary paper attachments from their products

Press Release - Next Step for Environmental Protection, MSI Motherboards will Remove Paper Attachments

MSI is committed to mitigating the environmental impacts of its business activities through green production and supply chain management. We have invested actively into improving energy consumption, waste reduction and chemical substance control in response to climate change risk.

For better energy saving, carbon reduction and to protect trees, MSI motherboards will remove the unnecessary paper attachments in the future, which includes Reward Program, Shout Out Flyer, Product Catalog and User Manual. In spite of the removal of these paper appendices, users can find all the information in digital format, no matter via MSI website, QR code on color box, or digital manual.

You can join the discussion on MSI's removal of unnecessary paper from their future products on the OC3D Forums.
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15-02-2022, 10:28:57

Bagpuss
Hey, lets hide a cost cutting measure under the cover of vacuous, green virtue signalling.




You're fooling nobody, Msi.Quote

15-02-2022, 10:52:44

Anon
Whilst you they save money, I also think this should have been done a long time ago. I've long since used the online version of the manual, and the rest of the stuff is pretty much useless.Quote

15-02-2022, 11:08:30

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Anon View Post
Whilst you they save money, I also think this should have been done a long time ago. I've long since used the online version of the manual, and the rest of the stuff is pretty much useless.
So true. I think everyone should be doing this wherever possible. Also the sheer amount of unnecessary plastic packaging you get from all the "over the top" accessories etc could be reducedQuote

15-02-2022, 13:46:08

Avet
What a pile of horse manure. Ditching dissolvable paper because printing is expensive and leaving 17 plastic screw bags that are dirt cheep and will end up in a landfill and calling it a "green" move is outright an insult.

Guv you could make a rant video about this. Haven't seen one of those in a while. Companies must be called out for this kind of nonsense.

Packaging really needs to change. Everything except static bags can be ditched and made from environment friendly materials. But this... They could have just said we are ditching paper manuals to reduce cost and they would have been fine. MSI just dug a hole for themselves... Again.Quote

15-02-2022, 15:03:32

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
What a pile of horse manure. Ditching dissolvable paper because printing is expensive and leaving 17 plastic screw bags that are dirt cheep and will end up in a landfill and calling it a "green" move is outright an insult.

Guv you could make a rant video about this. Haven't seen one of those in a while. Companies must be called out for this kind of nonsense.

Packaging really needs to change. Everything except static bags can be ditched and made from environment friendly materials. But this... They could have just said we are ditching paper manuals to reduce cost and they would have been fine. MSI just dug a hole for themselves... Again.
Exactly what I think.Quote
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