Gadget makers are using less toxic chemicals and are getting better about using recycled materials but they're still a long way from being truly environmental.
Surprisingly Chinese computer maker Lenovo beat the competition. Last year Lenovo came last.
Greenpeace rated mobile and smart phones, televisions, computer monitors, notebook and desktop computers, and game consoles.
Full details of the survey and results are set out in Green Electronics: the search continues.
We looked at hazardous chemicals, energy efficiency, recyclability and upgradeability.
The good news
- Companies are using less PVC and fewer hazardous chemicals.
- LED displays are becoming more popular. These are preferred because they use less energy and they don't use mercury.
- Manufacturers of televisions and monitors are using more post-consumer recycled plastic in their products.
- And several have set up better voluntary take back and recycling programs.
The bad news
No single gadget scored highly across the board. It's still a choice between a product that is green in one area but not in another.
How did we do it?
We asked companies to give us their "greenest" gadget for us to check.
These companies said no: Apple, Asus, Microsoft, Nintendo, Palm and Philips
These companies said yes: Acer, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM/Blackberry, Sharp, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
So which are the green gadgets?
The Lenovo L244 0x wide monitor is far ahead of the competition by being PVC and brominated flame retardant-free and also free of phthalates, antimony and beryllium. Furthermore, it uses postconsumer recycled plastic for nearly 30 percent of its plastic parts and has a LED backlit display.
We recommend you download our guide to get the full set of results but here's a quick rundown of the best product in each category.
Desk top computers
First place: Lenovo'sThinkCentre 58/58p model.
First place: Toshiba's Portege R600.
First place: Samsung's SGH-F268.
First place: Nokia's 6210 Navigator
First place: Sharp's LC-52GX5
First place: Lenovo's L2440x widescreen monitor
The electronics industry is one of the most innovative industries on the planet.
It's time these companies step up and give us the green gadgets we are all looking for.
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