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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 3:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have heard this garbage before. Where the crap do they get statistics like this? Is it from the same place they pulled the "In the year 1990, the earth will run out of oil and we will have to start using a new type of fuel"

No, it's a model called ecological footprint. You can read more about it here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint
I don't say it's perfect, but it's studied scientifically and as all things in science subject to criticism. It's a model that's gaining ground and thought. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this in the future.

"WTF? Did you not read what I was talking about? That is not a more energy efficient refrigerator, just a more expencive one. In my eyes they acomplished very little with that. Oh wait, they saved the Ozone layer."

Saving the ozone layer means saving people from skin cancer and other related diseases. The technology was quite a success and is one proof that environmental organization don't just sit there and protest. It's still just one step on the way.

"you don't hear much about that, expecially since their research was discovered to be completly off base when the Ozone layer magically repaired itself..."

The ozone hole's size almost set a new record in 2006
http://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/

I feel different about the rest of the more emotional parts of what you said, but we could probably argue about this for a long time and still not come to a conclusion, so I'll just leave it at this.


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