Guide to Greener Electronics 12th Edition Released
by Michelle Frey
July 1, 2009
The latest edition of Greenpeace’s "Guide to Greener Electronics" reveals that the world’s biggest PC makers (Hewlett Packard, Dell and Lenovo) have failed to improve their low scores. For shame! All three companies received a penalty point for backtracking on their commitments to eliminate PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants from their products by the end of 2009.
The guide ranks the 17 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV’s and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.
Greenpeace is calling on companies to eliminate BFRs and PVC from their product range. These substances are harmful throughout the entire lifecycle of a product; phase-out reduces pollution during the production and disposal of electronics and makes products capable of being recycled in a responsible manner.
It’s technically feasible, and consumers want it too, but above all the electronics industry needs to clean up urgently as a matter of principle. Their e-waste is poisoning the poor.