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'Green my Apple' promoter with apples less than green.
Environmentalist group cries foul, MacExpo organizer claim breach of contract reasons

Environmentalist group Greenpeace was ousted from the current MaxExpo in London by event organizers who claimed they had received complaints about the exhibitor from unnamed sources.

Greenpeace purchased space for the three-day expo in an attempt to raise awareness about concerns over the alleged use of toxic chemicals in Apple’s products.

Volunteers manning the Greenpeace stall were signing up Mac fans to challenge Apple to use less toxic methods to manufacture its products. Flyers explaining the Green my Apple campaign were handed out to members of the public along with organic green apples before the group was told to leave MacExpo.

"This reaction is totally over-the-top" said Iza Kruszewska of Greenpeace. "Apple refuses to address our criticisms on their products, both for the recycling and for the use of harmful chemicals. Instead of hiding their head in the sand, Apple should be a world leader in the greening of the electronics industry, not lagging behind."

"It’s time for Apple to use clean components in all of its products and to provide a free take-back program to reuse and recycle its products wherever they are sold. We are challenging the world leader in design to also be a world leader in environmental innovation. We challenge Apple to have a product range on the market by 2007 which is free of the worst toxic chemicals," she concluded.

While Apple could not be reached for comment at the time of writing, The Register heard from MacExpo marketing director Matt Denton explaining that Greenpeace was at the show under the condition that they hand out leaflets only in their assigned area and not to take photographs at other stands.

"It was a valid stand with a valid message," said Denton "They breached their contract."

Greenpeace is campaigning against Apple after it discovered presence of toxic substances in Mac laptops. According to Greenpeace's report, Apple products contain a number of hazardous chemicals like PVC and BFRs. The fan in the Mac Book Pro had a concentration of 262 mg/kg of TBBPA (a type of brominated flame retardant - BFR) which was the highest level in the fans among the five brands Greenpeace investigated.





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