Greenpeace criticizes Apple over toxic waste

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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Apple offers free computer take-back recycling program – April 21, 2006


  1. If you do believe in environmental preservation, do you have to ride a bicycle to work in order to criticise the way we are doing things?

    In fact, your argument suggests that they’d vertually have to live in a cave and catch wild game before they are allowed to criticise anything. This means that they wont have a TV or a computer, nor should they be reading newspapers, so how would they become informed.

    That kinda means that no one is effectively able to question the status quo. Therefore I call shenanigans on your argument!

  2. It is not impossible to be big and clean, especially if Dell did a decent job.

    Here we go with the ‘If you are not with us you are against us’ routine. If you want a clean environment you must be anti business. I can’t seem to make that work. It annoys me when people try to set me on one side or another, peel the masking tape up off the floor.

  3. Good. Organizations like Greenpeace make it sure big corporations (yes, including our beloved Apple) are kept on their toes in all matters social and environmental.

    MDNMW: ‘result’ as in ‘this results in a better world for all of us’.

  4. hey ron—It’s virtually, with an ‘i’.

    Newspapers are one of the biggest polluters, so I guess you’re happy most of those left wing dispensers of commie clap-trap and doom are falling by the wayside.

    Go ride your bike.

  5. When I was in the Navy standing quarterdeck watch on nuclear submarines witha .45 Colt Auto on my belt I always hoped my boat would get boarded by Greenpeace so that i could deliver my own message…right between the eyes.

    Live the cliché.

    Make money now, or preserve the so-called “future of our planet” but don’t try to do both because it is IMPOSIIBLE.

    How uninformed yet so certain. Typical American.

  6. REad an article years ago about CEO of Alias software flying to Europe on Concorde, sitting next to Greenpeace exec on plane. Nice! Ozone ruining expensive jet carry charity supported environmentalist exec! Also Greenpeace door to dorr canvassers get a commission on your donation.

  7. Greenpeace has one fundamental parameter to issue its *ranking*: use of materials containing PVC. It is currently approved in a plethora of products, even items for babies like soft toys and bottles. Greenpeace bans it — and it might be right — but it is Greenpeace’s bans, not prohibited toxic material.

    “The RoHS rules ban products containing any more than trace amounts of lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous substances, including some nasty materials called brominated flame-retardants (BFRs).”

    Apple adheres to bans of RoHS.

    “To do well in Greenpeace’s rankings, firms must make sure both products and production processes are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and some BFRs that are not on the RoHS list.”

    The important thing is the RoHS list. Some material that are not on the RoHS list are banned by Greenpeace.

    “As for recycling, the 9,500 tonnes of electronics Apple says it has recycled since 1994 is puny given the amount of equipment the firm sells, says Ms Al-Hajj.”

    That is, Apple is penalized by Greenpeace because it does not recycle enough. Recycling comes form dismissed products. Shall Apple be penalized because its products last longer than others hence still around and working. What Apple should do? sending mails to customers asking them to get rid of their Apple products — even if working perfectly — so that they could be recycled more and make the *quota* looking good for Greenpeace?

    “Comically, Greenpeace is now considering a plan to promote its e-waste campaign via podcasting—a technology that Apple helped to popularise.”

  8. I think the Apple representative said it all and Greenpeace is looking for some publicity. Since Apple is on top and getting a lot of attention there picking on Apple.

    Other than that Greenpiece is full of it!

  9. Apple did make a environmentally correct computer, or so they thought.

    It consisted of a pencil and a paper note pad. Completely biodegradable. Who could complain?

    Greenpeace tree huggers, that’s who. They said that if everyone on earth switched to Apple’s pencil and paper idea all of earth’s forests would disappear in 30 years and we would all die from carbon dioxide poisoning.

    You can’t win with those bastards.

  10. Jimbo – Cancer, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s and other maladies most likely have existed throughout human history under more generalized medical terms (palsies, senility, etc.),

    More like terms such as…. posession, curses, evil spirits, etc.

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