Acer has announced the Aspire 3811TZ and 3811TZG, a pair of Timeline notebooks that the company claims are made of materials that are completely free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs).

There's no official specs for the machines, but it's likely that they won't be far off the specs of the rest of the 3810 series - upto 4GB of RAM, 500GB of hard disk space, Wi-Fi and an HDMI port, along with a decent, capacious battery.  Both models will likely also come with 13.3-inch TFT displays and Intel's ULV Core 2 Duo processors. They've been granted an Energy Star 5.0 badge.

 Of course, such green initiatives are only of any worth if they roll out across the entire product range and while these are the first notebooks to be clear of these substances it's not yet clear if Acer is planning to adopt the same standards throughout its laptops. We'll keep you posted on that one.

We'll also keep you posted on pricing and availability. On the former subject, the only indication of a cost we have is the words "affordable" in a press release, and on the latter, we've been told by the company that it'll be at least another month or two before the machines arrive in Britain. Stay tuned.