Electronics Guide 6
November 28, 2007
Opps we did it again. We just released our 6th Greener Electronics Guide and this time we’ve expanded! We’ve include game consoles and TVs.
Remember how this goes?
We rank companies on their policies and practices on toxic chemicals and takeback. The main point to why we do this each quarter is that as electronic products become more often than not disposable products, companies need to look more closely at the life cycle of their products. Toxic chemicals in means toxic chemicals out. And most of the time those toxic chemicals are being released into your home, and the land, water, and bodies of the people who ‘recycle’ them in the developing world. And you don’t have to be a genius or a CEO of some mega corporation to realize that . . . well, that’s just crap.
You can read the guide here. But I’ll give you a sneak preview.
Nintendo got a zero. I mean a zero, boys and girls. I’ll admit we are tough critics, but we’ve never given a zero before. Microsoft scored a 2.7 and Philips did ummm not too well with a 2.
People are always asking what’s with scoring them based on their policies and practices, basically what they tell us. Don’t worry folks, we are all good follow up-ers here at Greenpeace and we are making sure they stick to their promises. But the bottom line is that companies should be transparent. They should be telling their customers what it is in their products and they should make them safe and toxic free.
So this is it. One step closer to greening the electronic industry.