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Microsoft launches eco-friendly Xbox controller made from recyclable materials

Earth Day is approaching and to mark the occasion, Microsoft has launched a special edition wireless controller made from recovered plastics. Combining post-consumer recycled resins from previously moulded coloured components generates earth-tone hues with minor variances, swirls, marks, and texture, making each Remix Special Edition controller look and feel unique.

Regrind is the process of turning unused Xbox One controller parts into a material that can be used on new controllers without reducing their durability and performance. Recycled materials like car headlight covers, plastic water jugs, and CDs are used to make post-consumer recycled resins. Using these materials and Xbox rechargeable battery packs, the company hopes to use fewer new plastics and reduce waste.

Microsoft inspired itself on the natural landscapes and the world around us to make the new Remix Special Edition controller. The different earth-tone colours make it look like a patchwork, using earth-tone coloured segments. The bright green colour of the Xbox button, D-pad, and the front case take cues from the lichen that grows in the Pacific Northwest Forest. The topographic texture pattern on the bumpers, triggers, and side grips is a nod to the earth's changing landscape.

As mentioned above, the controller also comes with a rechargeable battery pack to avoid using disposable batteries. The package includes a USB-C cable that can be used to charge the battery or connect the controller directly to the system. Fully charging the battery can take up to 4 hours but can last up to 30 hours. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Remix Special Edition can be preordered for $84.99/€84.99/£74.99 MSRP anywhere in the world, and it will be available on April 18th.

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