updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri August 25, 2006
Apple scores low in report
Greenpeace has released a new environmental report card for technology companies, detailing the use of toxic chemicals, recycling, and quality of take-back programs. Nokia, Dell, HP, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung were the only companies to pass the 50 percent or greater mark, while Apple, Sony, LGE, Panasonic, Toshiba, Fujitsu-Siemens, Acer, Motorola, and Lenovo all failed. Apple earned only 27 percent (2.7 out of 10) with low scores in almost all criteria, finishing ahead of Acer, Motorola, and Lenovo. Greenpeace also took into account the companies potential to move forward and their timeline for cleanup as well as product safety. [chart, details included]
Apple did not receive a "good" (3+) score in any categories, but did receive a "partially good" rating for its overall amount recycled products. Apple scored "partially bad" for it's lack of public availability of precautionary steps, chemical management use, and its timeline for PVC fade out.
Green Peace rated Apple "partially bad" in producer responsibility for failing to define its approach to producer responsibility and for a lack of worldwide information regarding the availability of its take-back programs.
Apple received a "bad" rating due to it's complete lack of a timeline for BFR phase-out alongside its lack of PVC-free and/or BFR-free models in it's product line, only offering some PVC-free peripherals on its website.
The Greenpeace group had some strong words for Apple, stating that "for a company that claims to lead on product design, Apple scores badly on almost all criteria." The organization goes on to state: "The company fails to embrace the precautionary principle, withholds its full list of regulated substances and provides no timelines for eliminating toxic [chemicals]."
The group demands that Apple clean up its products by eliminating hazardous substances, as well as take back and recycle its products responsibly once they become obsolete. Note that scores in this test were originally out of 30 and simplified to a score out of 10.
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