updated 05:50 pm EDT, Wed May 2, 2007
Greenpeace lauds Apple
In response to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' letter on the topic of the company's environmental plans, the activist organization Greenpeace -- one of Apple's most outspoken critics -- has responded with a statement of its own, generally favorable in tone, but with some reservations. The group praises two of Apple's decisions, specifically its plans to phase out polyvinyl chloride and brominated fire retardants by 2008; these chemicals are said to be polluting dump sites in the Asian continent.
Greenpeace is still upset, however, by the limitations of Apple's recycling program, which will only be applicable to residents of the United States, meaning that many contaminants will continue heading to landfills. The group also notes that even without expanded recycling, Apple currently has no "green" products in production that might forestall future criticisms. Notably though, Greenpeace says that it will not single out Apple in this regard, as no other electronics manufacturer has met this standard.