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Greenpeace lauds Apple for eco endeavors

updated 04:20 am EST, Fri January 8, 2010

Samsung, Dell, Lenovo follow close behind

Greenpeace has announced its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, amid the plethora of product announcements this week at CES. The activist organization praises Apple for actively addressing environmental issues, with the removal of hazardous substances topping the list of priorities. Nokia leads the pack when comparing scores, with Sony Ericsson following close behind.

"Apple is leading and HP is playing catch up," said Greenpeace campaigner Casey Harrell. "But the lack of action from other companies is ensuring that customers and the environment are still losing out."

Samsung took the most significant fall in ratings, dropping from second place down to the seventh position. Greenpeace criticizes the company for failing to meet its pledge to eliminate BFRs by January of 2010. Samsung has recently focused on removing toxic substances from its mobile phones, while improving its notebooks is a goal for 2011.

Dell, Lenovo and LG also dropped in ranking, with each company reportedly failing to follow through with promises regarding environmental initiatives. Initial commitments set a target of BFR and PVC removal by the end of 2009, while the latest targets have been extended into 2011.

"In 2010, we should see significant developments, with products free of PVC and BFRs in the PC and TV markets," said Harrell.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jmonty12

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The rod is coming soon

    And the game continues. I'll bet that not six months from now we'll see GP publicly denounce Apple because of some environmental thing that they want changed. There will not be any pleasing of them until electronics are made out of leaves and dirt (all responsibly obtained, of course.)

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    blow it out your butt

    Greenpeace is a private organization which doesn't use the coercive power of government. Apple and every other corporation is free to ignore them if they wish. I would think a government-hating conservative would be very supportive of this on principle, if not in this specific instance.

    (who needs a greener planet anyway? Let's just dump all that toxic high-tech refuse in the landfill, it just magically disappears there!)

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who gives a (explitive here)

    Greenpeace's endorsement or approval is absolutely meaningless. I used to think they were alright, defending the whales--early on--impressed me. The short-sighted, left-wing organization they've devolved to pretty much sows up their chances of ever getting another donation from yours truly. As they go around polluting the sea in the Rainbow Gas-Guzzler, and defacing private property in the name of Al Gore's Global warming boondoggle, I cannot help but wonder what doofuses keep them afloat these days.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    Who gives a flying f*** what these hippie leftovers think about anything?

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Greenpeace or Green Peas

    I don't care. I used to sponsor them till I contacted them to help aid one of the critical issues in a large metropolis in a third-world country where the local government was h*** bent on killing at least 7-10 thousand ages old trees just to build a highway when they already were building another about a mile and half away. What did the local Greenpeace guy tell me? "Sorry this is not an issue where the environment is affect due to some corporate is involved in depleting the environment. There are no toxins etc. Right? The local government will plant new trees elsewhere. Anyways thanks for contacting."

    My sponsorship to them stopped from that day. Thankfully the local activists were good enough to fight against the government plan and the highway did not get built. According to Greenpeace new trees would be planted some place else. Yes and maybe Greenpeace would get grants to do that. There were no Corporate entities involved so GP would not make money and they wanted to do nothing about helping.

    I commend Apple for taking care of the environment by their initiative. GP or not.

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