Buying gadgets in China? Make them green!

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Feature Story - 2011-11-08
Shoppers are increasingly concerned about the impact of what they buy, and they're getting better at spotting corporate greenwash and spin too. After many of the world's leading electronics companies rose to the challenge of phasing out the worst hazardous substances, we are now challenging them to improve their sourcing of minerals and better managing energy use throughout their supply chain.

Greener Electronics Guide

With enough public pressure, who's to say we can't make the electronics industry truly sustainable?

The Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics has prompted improvements within the electronics industry, such as phasing out hazardous substances like PVC and Brominated flame retardants from their products.  In its sixth year, it is now part of Greenpeace’s wider Cool IT campaign to persuade IT industry leaders to become climate action leaders too.

We just released a new version of the Guide to Greener Electronics. This time ranking 15 gadget and electronics companies on energy, greener products and sustainable operations. HP takes the lead at 5.9 out of a possible 10 points, find out who follows them.

What you can do:

1. If you are purchasing electronics, bring our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' and ask questions:

  • Which are the most energy-efficient products for sale?
  • How long a warranty can you offer?
  • Is this product free of toxic chemicals and conflict minerals?
  • How can I return the device at the end of its use, to make sure it is recycled properly?

2. Share the guide with your employer or school: encourage them to source greener electronics as part of their purchasing policy.

3. If you are buying a gadget, buy from the companies that are the greenest.

4. Provide customer feedback to let companies know that you use Greenpeace's Guide to help you choose.

5. Share The Guide with your friends and family.

6. If you are asking Santa for a gadget, ask for it to come from the highest-ranked companies.

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