Apple Store“The environmental track records of Apple Computer and Lenovo Group have been singled out for criticism by environmental group Greenpeace in a report on toxic chemicals used by the technology industry,” Andrew Donoghue reports for ZDNet UK.

“Nokia and Dell came out top in the ranking, with the Finnish handset manufacturer leading the way in 2005 by eliminating use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in its products. Dell also has set ambitious targets for cutting its use of PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), according to Greenpeace,” Donoghue reports. “Lenovo and Apple fared less well, with the Chinese PC manufacturer ranked last. Greenpeace claimed that Lenovo earned some points for its chemicals management and voluntary take-back programs but needs to do better on all criteria.”

“The environmental group also said that Apple could do more to match its environmental record with its hip and trendy image… A representative for Apple disagreed with Greenpeace’s rating and the criteria it had chosen. “Apple has a strong environmental track record and has led the industry in restricting and banning toxic substances such as mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, as well as many BFRs. We have also completely eliminated CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors, which contain lead, from our product line,” the representative said.”

Full article here.

[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “NixoN” for the heads up.]

Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics” Apple Ranking (2.7/10) in PDF format here.

Apple’s “Apple and the Environment” webpages and information here:

Apple Recycling Program: “Purchase any qualifying Apple computer or monitor and receive free recycling of your old computer and monitor — regardless of manufacturer.”

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