Update September 18, 2006: New test results reveal high levels of contamination in HP laptop.
One of series of actions that lead to HP's change of heart on phasing out the worst toxic chemicals from its products.
Which company will be following HP's lead and taking the first
step intackling the growing problem of toxic electronic waste by
committing toremove hazardous chemicals from its products?
HP joins big industry names like Sony, Nokia, Samsung, LG and
SonyEricsson who are leading the industry by
positive example on toxicchemicals. Companies like Acer, Apple,
Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, IBM,Lenovo, Panasonic, Siemens and Toshiba
have so far failed to follow theindustry leaders.
HP's change of policy didn't happen overnight. Back in 2003 we
foundthat one of their computers contained particularly high
amounts of atoxic chemical. Subsequently we
confronted HP with the reality of theirlack of action at their
European headquarters, asked awkward questionswhen the HP boss
visited China and finally
turned up at their worldheadquarters in California with a
special message for their staff.Thousands of concerned people wrote
to HP about its chemicals policyand technology media covered the
"Greenpeace versus HP" showdown infull.
Which company, currently ignoring the issue of toxic electronic
waste, wants tobe the next focus of our campaign? We'll be laying
down that gauntletto the remaining companies while they are busy
showing off their latestofferings at the world's largest
electronics fair, CeBIT, in Hanover,Germany.
The electronics industry will be hard at work promoting its
everfaster, smaller and smarter gadgets but it cannot continue to
dangerous explosion in electronic scrap (e-waste) containing
toxicchemicals and heavy metals that cannot be disposed of or
recycledsafely. These high-tech gadgets
often end up dumped in Asia and takenapart by hand in
primitive, highly polluting and very definitelylow-tech manner.
Clean it up and take it back!
By removing the toxic chemicals, companies make it cleanerand
easier to recycle their products. Companies that takeresponsibility
for the whole lifecycle of their products from cradle tograve
ensure that their products last longer and cause less pollution.
Our vision for the industry is one that produces cleaner,
longerlasting, more sustainable products that don't contribute to
the growingtide of toxic, short lived products currently being
dumped in Asia.
Our toxics campaigner, Martin Hojsík will be asking the
electronicscompanies where they stand on these issues at CeBit and
he has asuggestion for next years event;
"The motto for this years CeBit is'digital solutions for work and life', we want next years motto to be'digital solutions without pollution'!"
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