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Chinese PC maker Lenovo scored top honors in Greenpeace's third report on environmental performance in the electronics industry.
Environmental group Greenpeace has named Lenovo as the most ecologically friendly electronics maker in the world, while the lowest marks went to Apple Computer for its contribution to "toxic tech"

In its just-released Guide to Greener Electronics (PDF), the activist organization rated electronics companies based on their record of eliminating hazardous substances from their products and manufacturing processes, and on their commitment to actively recycling obsolete products.

Lenovo scored eight of a possible 10 points in the report, earning praise for phasing out dangerous chemicals and for being the first to provide "global takeback and recycling services wherever its products are sold." Lenovo also got high marks for its adherence to existing environmental regulations and other relevant policies designed to protect human health and the global environment.

Of the 14 companies reviewed by Greenpeace, Apple fell to the bottom of the barrel with a dismal score of only 2.7 points. The PC and peripheral maker ran afoul of Greenpeace for inadequate recycling policies and for waffling on its timelines to phase out hazardous materials such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

"For a company that claims to lead on product design, it is perhaps surprising to find Apple languishing at the bottom of the scorecard," the report states. "While other laggards have moved upwards in the Guide (to Greener Electronics), Apple has made no changes to its policies or practices since the launch of the Guide in August 2006. The company scores badly on almost all criteria."

Sony, Panasonic and LG electronics were also singled out as polluters in the report. LG and Sony were even assigned "penalty points" for corporate double-speak on environmental issues. Specifically, the Greenpeace report claims that the two companies publicly espouse support for producer responsibility, which designates "that the producer -- not consumer -- should be responsible for financing the waste management of its own brand products when they are discarded."

However, Greenpeace charges that both manufacturers are also "part of a coalition that has been opposing producer responsibility and lobbying for U.S. consumers to pay an Advanced Recycling Fee (ARF)."

Greenpeace has had a bone to pick with Apple for some time.  Last year Greenpeace demonstrators were kicked out of MacExpo.  Two months later, Greenpeace released a scathing report detailing Apple as the worst environmentally friendly PC manufacturer in the world.


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RE: Let me get this straight
By derdon on 4/6/2007 3:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
You misunderstood environmentalism, because actually it aims at rising standards and not lowering them. It's just that we probably disagree about what constitutes such a rise. For me, being able to walk around in a nice neighborhood, having green instead of concrete next to me, clean air to breathe and healthy food to eat are things that rise my standard.
And wow, what a rise that is! I know that's a lot that I demand and there's the big question if it is even possible?
So I want to make progress in this direction, to make it happen and not having to live in a crappy and dangerous suburb, but with a 100cm Plasma TV and two SUVs in the backyard (to illustrate my point). But of course the current one is easier to achieve as it only depends on ME and MY efforts. Getting people to form a nice and friendly suburb is something that depends on everyone, hence we need to do it together.

Environmentalists are often misunderstood as people that are proclaiming "back to the roots", which I admit, some might do (for romantic reasons though), but when I look at me or Greenpeace, what we actually need to do is make a lot of progress to get to the point where we can have the things that I described on a large scale. And this is exactly the big challenge, the rising scale, population growth and then trying to increase the standard for everybody. If we again take the example of cars and traffic. Driving a car is easy and a comfortable thing with few fellows on the road but a pain in the ass if the street is full because of a traffic jam. What to do? Increase road size? How far before you say no?
For me, the solution can only be a shift to different standards and different values as we're eventually going to get stuck with the current ones. And again this is not making steps backward, but making progress, socially, economically, scientifically... well on all fronts!
Okay I'll stop now.


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