Apple Ranked Lowest on Environmental Care
December 7, 2006 3:57 PM
A boy recycling e-waste by hand in India
Apple said "we don't give commitments"
Apple may be producing beautiful products but it apparently is producing a lot of waste as well. According to environmental group Greenpeace,
Apple ranks the lowest o ut of all the major tech companies when it comes to environmental issues
. The worst part of it is, Greenpeace notes that while other companies have improved year after year, Apple is the only one that has not moved at all.
According to the Greepeace group, no company has received a rating of 7 or higher out of 10. Unfortunately however, Apple's rating stands at an abysmal 2.7, the lowest of all 14 companies in the ranking. Greepeace said that the reason for Apple's low score is the company's ignorance of such issues like chemical policies and waste management. According to Greenpeace:
The ranking is important because the amounts of toxic e-waste is growing every day. It often ends up dumped in the developing world. Reducing the toxic chemicals in products reduces pollution from old products and makes recycling safer, easier and cheaper. Companies with good recycling schemes help ensure that their products don't end up in the e-waste yards of Africa and Asia.
Greenpeace coordinator Zeina Alhajj told reporters that "we were surprised [Apple] were in last place again. We are hoping that by the next ranking they will be the biggest mover." Alhajj also indicated that his group met with Apple on several occasions to speak about environmental issues but the company has not responded in a satisfactory manner. "We have asked for a commitment, but Apple said 'we don't give commitments, we do things.' We haven't seen any commitments, so far," said Alhajj.
Apple was previously in a situation where it was called out for not
keeping up with its manufacturing partners on employee and human rights
previously reported that
e-waste had become a big issue
, enough for the United Nations to bring up the topic at a recent summit.
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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