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Activists 'green' Apple's 5th Ave NYC store

updated 10:35 am EST, Mon December 18, 2006

Greenpeace at 5th Ave

More than 60 Greenpeace activists on Friday gathered around New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store to protest the company's use of toxic chemicals in its hardware products. Activists shined green lights throughout the glass cube, lighting up the structure with a green glow in front of thousands of busy shoppers. "Our holiday wish list is simple. All we want from Steve Jobs is a green Apple," the organization said. "This holiday season, Mr. Jobs has the chance to play Santa and answer the wishes of children all over the world: deliver them an organic green Apple." Greenpeace activists protested Apple's use of toxic chemicals at the recent Apple Expo in London where it handed out organic green apples and flyers about the company's manufacturing policies. Apple also scored lowest in the organization's recently updated 'Guide to Greener Electronics,' which graded large tech companies on their use of toxic chemicals and harmful substances.




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  1. debohun

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Tedious...

    Oh those poor litte rich kids... Wouldn't be nice if we all had so much money and free time that would could run around telling the rest of the world how to live their lives?

  1. alittle158

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    GP can suck it

    I'll bet the lead-acid batteries in those portable spotlights have some pretty harsh chemicals, but I don't see them protesting against those manufacturers. Go home and spend your money on a charity, you a-holes....they could really use the money.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    problems...

    Look... it's the future Democrats of America. Any A**hole can point pout problems!

    Here's a thought... Why not come up with solutiuons and present them to Jobs and Co instead of wasting time shining lights on things? I dunno.. seems like offering solutions would be a much better way to spend your time.

    And with alll the things wrong in this world, this one is the most important to them? lol!!! talk about lack of perspective!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    damn hippies...

    Time to break them up before they start forming a drum circle, and eventually a hippy-fest...

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm somewhat surprised...

    ...to hear such a vocal, and so unanimous reaction to a GreenPeace protest from the Mac crowd, which usually tends to lean (generally) towards the liberal side. I cannot imagine how bad it would have been from non-Mac people. Perhaps this is the US thing ('The environment is a non-issue'). GreenPeace is very much exactly like any other NGO (non-governmental organisation): very passionate about their agenda.

    You may disagree with them as much as you possibly can; they will always be a very prominent and internationally recognised authority on environment. Consequently, they can do damage to Apple's image if ignored or snubbed. Apple's PR is most likely working overtime to come up with a proper strategy for handling GP. Let's hope the damage is minimal.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: I'm somewhat surprise

    Caring about the enviroment is NOT the exclusive property of liberals and calling BS at hippocracy is the right of anyone.

    my .02

  1. Tim_s

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ignore gp

    The reason there is such a unanimous reaction to gp's action is that as Mac fans, we see through the bs. We are generally more intelligent than the average gp supporter.

    The best way to handle this terrorist organization is to ignore them. And yes, they are a terrorist organization. They may not kill and mame physically, but their intention is to harm any company they don't agree with. Character assassination is their weapon. If everyone ignored them, they would eventually get bored and go home.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: I'm somewhat surprise

    Not that we dont care about enviro issues, but watching college kids waste time in front of an apple store to make a point is ludicrous!

    these people are akin to football fans sitting on the sidelines and yelling at the couch what he's doing wrong. Again.. if they would present solutions to the proper people, I think they would have a much greater impact..

    And does anyone find it funny they are attacking Apple? A company that only has 5% of the market? If Apple is a 2.7 and Delll is a 7.. but Delll shipped 5x as many PC's.. wouldnt they be just as bad as Apple? Is Volume even counted?

    FYI: iPods are not mentioned on the toxic report.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    define terrorism

    CIA - The term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.

    You'd have to use the term "voilence" very losely and in business terms.. but yea. youre dead on using Terrorism to describe Greenpeace. :)

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What a good idea!

    I think Apple should put some changing color lights on that cube for Christmas!

    Thanks tree-huggers :)

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